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Steal This Idea: Detroit SOUP Dinners Fund Grants for Artists

by Alissa Walker

January 31, 2011

I heard a lot of great ideas while moderating last week's Compostmodern conference on design and sustainability. But the concepts that resonate the most with me when I visit these mile-a-minute thinkfests are often the simplest ones. Detroit SOUP is one of those concepts: casual community dinners that fund micro-grants for local artists. A low-cost idea with extremely high-impact results.

Yep, that's it. But in a way, Detroit SOUP is so much more. Even if a creative project doesn't get funded, it gets exposed to dozens of interested people who can put the idea into action. Or two creatives with similar ideas could meet each other and begin working together on a project for New York. And at the very least, a bunch of cool people just got together and had a really nice meal together.

After Daughrill's presentation, I heard about a few similar concepts in other cities, like Portland STOCK (awesome name) which happens in Portland, Oregon. If you've got one of these in your city, what are some tips you can share for making it work? For those of you who want to launch one, what are your questions?

Photos by Kate Daughdrill and Vanessa Miller

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Steal This Idea: Detroit SOUP Dinners Fund Grants for Artists