Squeaky Wheel’s Excellent Adventure is Back, Safe, and Socially Distant!

Creatively engage with surroundings and compete to win awesome prizes!


Media Contact:  Maiko Tanaka, maiko@squeaky.org | 716-884-7172

Buffalo, NY – On Saturday, October 10, 2020, Buffalo-based non-profit Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center will host their second Excellent Adventure social media scavenger hunt. Named by Buffalo Spree magazine as the “Best New Fundraiser 2019,” this exciting day-long event combines virtual and real-world activities and challenges and encourages socially distant but eminently social interactions.

The Excellent Adventure offers communities in Buffalo and beyond a chance to participate in a family-friendly social activity and win prizes. Encouraging media literacy and cultural awareness along with a healthy dose of fun, participants will use social media to get creative and interact with the many treasured locations, secret spaces, and beloved institutions their region offers. By hosting the event online, Squeaky Wheel is able to turn the obstacle of social distance into an advantage by making this event safe and available to anyone in the world with an internet connection and a smartphone.

Funds raised at this event will support the free and low-cost equipment access, education programs, and art exhibitions that Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center offers to Western New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds every day.

“It’s creative and fun! My favorite part about it was that we had to go to different parts of Buffalo to complete the different tasks. It’s like you’re on a mission and you get to discover parts of the city that you haven’t seen before,” said 2018 participant Greta Lee, age 15. “I’m really excited to see how this year’s event will be! I would definitely recommend it to my friends.”

The kick-off begins with a virtual Opening Event where rules will be explained including best practices for social distancing. Participants (teams of up to 4) will receive a set of tasks that they will then set off to accomplish throughout the course of the afternoon, posting to Instagram with #squeakyadventure. A panel of Scavenger Hunt judges will review each team’s uploaded submissions live, assigning points for the completion of tasks with bonuses for creativity. The Grand Prize-winning team will be announced at the virtual Closing Event. Additional prizes will be awarded for innovation, media-savvy, and humor. 

The tasks will encourage teams to creatively engage with their city outdoors in the open air or to interpret the tasks from the safety of their homes. Whether visiting historic sites (or sites that should be), taking a stand on the best chicken wing joint, or revealing the inner artist in each of us, Squeaky Wheel’s Excellent Adventure promises…an excellent adventure!

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About Squeaky Wheel

For more than 35 years Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center has provided free and low-cost programs in equipment access, education, and exhibitions to Western New York and beyond. Squeaky Wheel champions the values of diversity and experimentation and works to create an equitable, vibrant, and innovative future for Buffalo. More information can be found at www.squeaky.org.