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Sunday June 22, 2014

Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Underground

Community potluck and micro-granting dinner

$10 at the door plus a side dish or entree to share

Sunday September 14, 2014
Sunday December 7, 2014




Know Theatre is thrilled to introduce a new addition to the Jackson Street Market, Artist Supper Club! Once every quarter, Know Theatre will host a micro-granting potluck dinner. At each of these quarterly dinners, Know Theatre and Jackson Street Market will award small community-sourced grants to support individual artist projects and initiatives that help create, build, or strengthen our Greater Cincinnati community.

Here are the basics:

  • Everyone in attendance contributes $10 as well as an entrée or side dish. Everyone who contributes is also invited to submit a one-paragraph project proposal, hard copy please.
  • Throughout the dinner, attendees review each of the project proposals. At the end of the evening, everyone votes on the project they believe should be funded. The proposal with the most votes is then awarded the money raised that night.
  • Through the generous support of the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Know Theatre will also match each grant awarded up to $500, thus increasing the impact of these micro-grants.

“This is not a new idea”, says Eric Vosmeier, Producing Artistic Director. “There are similar dinners in cities across the country including San Francisco, Buffalo, Chicago, and more. They’ve even happened sporadically in Cincinnati over the past few years. We wanted to do something that would help the larger individual artist community on a more consistent basis, and this is an idea we’ve been knocking around for a while. When we approached the Haile Foundation this year, I thought this would be an excellent addition to the Jackson Street Market, and it seems they agreed as they’ve funded the matching grant portion and provided some additional support for organizing and hosting these dinners.”

Project funding submissions should have three things in common:

  • The project should have a community component. It could be created by the community at large, or created for them and given to them at no charge, but there should be some larger benefit to the citizens of Greater Cincinnati.
  • The project should include an artistic component: visual, performance, literary, etc.
  • The project should be executable within three months (or, it should be completed before the next potluck).

At each subsequent potluck, the grantee from the previous dinner will present their project’s execution to the group.

“We’re excited about the impact this could have in the longer term. We want these dinners to be about the sharing of ideas, and the building of a stronger community. We believe that this is a great tool for local artists who are interested in sharing ideas and building a stronger Cincinnati”, says Vosmeier.





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