Charlottesville SOUP Press Release
Charlottesville SOUP Announces Autumn Meal and Application Deadline
What: SOUP, a public dinner to provide a micro-grant for a creative project
Where: Christ Episcopal Church's Meade Hall (120 W. High Street near the Downtown Mall)
When: Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Doors at 6:30pm. Meal starts at 7:00pm.
SOUP, a seasonal public dinner series to support creative projects in Charlottesville with Tuesday, November 12 at Christ Episcopal Church's beautiful Meade Hall (located near the Downtown Mall at 120 W. High Street). Doors open at 6:30pm. At each SOUP, attendees give a $10 donation at the door and in return they receive soup, salad, bread, dessert – and a vote. A limited number of tickets will be made available online in advance.
During the meal, community members make short presentations about their creative projects in need of funding. Attendees participate in a dialogue about the proposals over a nourishing meal with local ingredients in handmade bowls by local artists.
Then, each attendee will enter a voting booth to choose one project to fund with the money raised from the meal that night. We'll award the grant to the winner of the most votes right away. Consider SOUP an experiment in civic engagement and a chance to play a role in supporting creativity in our community.
The first ever Charlottesville SOUP took place on January 14, 2013. A grant of $1,045 was awarded to the Charlottesville Textile Cooperative, which used the funds to buy a loom. The first event sold out and we had to turn away more than 200 people at the door. The second SOUP took place on May 27, 2013, sold out again, and a grant of $1,720 was award to local photographer Megan Bent.
Anyone with a creative project in the arts that can be shared with Charlottesville in some way is encouraged to submit a proposal. Proposals for the next SOUP are due on Friday, October 11. The application is available at www.charlottesvillesoup.com.
Similar efforts are taking place around the country. Charlottesville SOUP was inspired by our friend Kate Daughdrill, a former resident of Charlottesville who helped found The Garage and went on to start Detroit SOUP. The idea was originally taken from InCUBATE ("a research group dedicated to exploring new approaches to arts administration and arts funding"), which started the idea in Chicago.
SOUP is officially hosted by New City Arts. Support generously provided by Relay Foods, Festive Fare, Local Food Hub, Tavola, JM Stock Provisions and Supply, City Clay and The Haven.
To learn more, visit www.charlottesvillesoup.com.