Art and soup will return to York Boulevard on Thursday, May 24 for NELA Art's monthly Microgrant competition.
As in previous artists and patrons will come together for an artistic competition will reward one in four presenters will the evening's gate receipts.
For next Thursday's event, to be held at , patrons will pay $10 for admission--which includes a hot bowl of soup (one vegetarian, one not) and a one vote in the competition.
"These NELAart Micro-grant evenings can be found across the country. Some focus on art, some on ecology, some on local politics. What they all have in common is collective support," said Janet Dodson, co-founder of NELAart's Microgrant program. "Groups get together, choose the project they like best, and offer the grant of the admission to their choice. Each individual only supplies a little bit of money, but collectively they offer support in a way they could not do alone."
Dodson said that the soup is only a portion of the evening's pleasure.
"Often people discover common interests, and sometimes artists who did not win the grant have found valuable connections and help," she said. "A little food, a shared interest, unusual art to see and the satisfaction of knowing that by working together they have helped an artist move a little further ahead with their work."
This month's presenters include:
- Lorri Deyer and her Idea Truck will arrive at The York. It is a food truck with only ideas on the menu. Order a Half-baked Idea or Worst Nightmare from the service window but first you must pay with your own idea.
- Janet Dandridge offers her new interactive exhibition of portraits of African Americans questioning the presumed idea of who a person is in relation to the face we see.
- Max Kutner shows parts of his new documentary on the lives of people behind the bright lights of Las Vegas, rarely seen and never accurately examined in film.
- Ryan Griffin brings his Rhythm is the Eternal Given. A team of two artists creates a visually punctuated, improvisational music experience with the resulting rhythms sculpted in simultaneous light and sound.
NELAart May Micro-grant tickets for $10 are on sale now at the and at the NELAart website. Tickets may also be bought at the door; cash only please.
Artists wishing to apply for the next NELAart Micro-grant event write to: