Apr 24, 2013 12:00am - 1:00pm
May 27, 2013 12:00am - 1:00pm

Charlottesville SOUP Returns with Spring Edition

What: SOUP, a public dinner to provide a micro-grant for a creative project
Where: Charlottesville Day School (near the Downtown Mall at 320 10th St NE)
When: Doors at 6:30pm. Meal starts at 7:00pm.
SOUP, a seasonal public dinner series to support creative projects in Charlottesville with micro-grants, returns for its spring edition. The second Charlottesville SOUP will take place on Monday, May 27 (that’s Memorial Day) at the Charlottesville Day School (located near the Downtown Mall at 320 10th St NE). 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 ingredients donated by the Local Food Hub in handmade bowls by local artists from City Clay.

Then, each attendee will enter a voting booth built 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 at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative. 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.

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 Wednesday, April 24. The application is available at

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 City Clay, Festive Fare, Charlottesville Day School, Local Food Hub, Greenies, Tami & Michael Keaveny, Olivia Branch, and The Haven.

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