Sunday Soup goes to Houston
March 9, 2009, 4:52 PM
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Sunday Soup Houston
April 5
12 PM
3400 Montrose, Suite 907, Houston, TX 77006

Sunday Soup is a community meal that functions as a grant funding process.  Proceeds from meal tickets are given as a grant to support an artist initiative or community project.  Houstonian artists and other community members are invited to submit proposals to until April 2. Soup is the center of the meal because it is nourishing, economical, and easy to prepare in large batches. The soup is served family-style and sold for a modest profit at $5 per person.

Sunday Soup: Houston will be hosted at SKYDIVE by InCUBATE, a Chicago-based research institute and residency program. Guest chefs Randall Szott and Nancy Zastudil, in collaboration with InCUBATE, will prepare soup, organize presentations, and engage visitors in conversation at SKYDIVE.

All submitted proposals will be displayed at SKYDIVE during the meal. Anyone who purchases a meal ticket can vote on the proposals. The grant recipient, determined by popular vote, will be announced at the end of the meal and receive proceeds from the meal, whether $5 or $5,000.

Community participation in the grant funding and selection process is key. The application process is intentionally simple and un-bureaucratic in order to encourage broad participation. This enables InCUBATE to stimulate and promote experimental, critical, and imaginative practices that may not be eligible for conventional funding.

Sunday Soup, while raising money, also serves as a way to build a network of support that reaches beyond purely monetary assistance. It is an open platform to discuss ongoing projects with new audiences, meet new collaborators, and share ways of working.

Randall Szott alternates between life in Oak Park, Illinois and various locations along the coastline of the southeastern United States on the largest US owned hopper dredge. His life is a series of three week cycles on land and three at sea. He believes himself to be the only cook in the merchant marine with an MA in Interdisciplinary Art and an MFA in Art Critical Practices.

Nancy Zastudl moonlights as a curator based in Houston, TX, and currently works as Program Manager at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. She is cofounder of Slab, an exhibition method that collaboratively facilitates art projects and events.

InCUBATE won the February Chicago Sunday Soup Grant of $250 to help bring all of its members to Houston for this event.


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