Tuesday, November 12th 2013
Christ Episcopal Church’s Meade Hall
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 starting on Monday, October 28 via www.charlottesvillesoup.com.
The four finalists selected by a community review panel are:
*The Maker’s Series – Emily Stubbs & Sam Bush organize a seasonal artist showcase and seek funding to publish a booklet to document its events.
*Art Meets Ecology – Artist Kate Samworth seeks funding to mount an exhibit at McGuffey Art Center in April 2014.
*Afton String Quartet – This musical group seeks funding to develop concert programs for children in local schools.
*Celebrate Love – Artist Malena Magnolia seeks funding for a printmaking project that takes art to the streets.
During SOUP, 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 enters 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 in January 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 in May 2013, sold out again, and a grant of $1,720 was award to local photographer Megan Bent.
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 Chicago’s InCUBATE (“a research group dedicated to exploring new approaches to arts administration and arts funding”).
SOUP is officially hosted by New City Arts Initiative. Support generously provided by Relay Foods, Festive Fare, Local Food Hub, Albemarle Baking Company, Tavola, and JM Stock Provisions and Supply.