Two With Water wins March’s Sunday Soup Grant
March 9, 2009, 5:15 PM
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Two With Water won InCUBATE’s March soup grant of $250 which was both raised and voted on at yesterday’s Sunday Soup Brunch.  Their grant proposal is posted below.

Soup was prepared by Daniel Kerr of Snow City Arts and Caitlin Stainken of the Neo-Futurists.  After we ate, they led us in discussion about how theater funding works in Chicago and how it relates to bigger questions about funding common to the visual art communities in the city.


Two With Water (Amy Ganser and Rebecca Roberts)

Favorite Soup:  Alphabet Soup (Butternut Squash as a close second)

Two With Water is a new, Chicago-based magazine that publishes emerging authors, poets, and visual artists.  We are currently online and raising funds to put our first issue into print.

While we fully appreciate how Al Gore invented the internets and always wish to maintain a web presence, Two With Water wants to offer a simpler, more authentic experience for its readers through the personal interaction and downright quaintness (these days) of seeing, touching, and owning a physical literary gem.  In print, Two With Water will not only showcase the work of up and coming authors, but exists as a work of art itself.

Two With Water hopes to reach outside of the close-knit Chicago literary “scene” by connecting with the intellectually curious through local organizations and businesses that nourish, like soup, a wide spectrum of creativity.

The pieces featured in Two With Water center on personal metamorphoses and the evolution of how we interpret life.  Currently we’ve got work on our website detailing the experience of peeing in a cup so you can work at Target, pondering whether we like babies or just want to put things in our mouths, life seen through various verb tenses, and embracing your inner stalker.

Issue #1 will include the content on our website, sardonic letters to the editors we’ve received, as well as drawings, collages, and an interview with infamous local rock poet Thax Douglas.

We plan to print 500 7” X 12” copies of Two With Water, which will be distributed at our release party (and other events) and sold (very cheaply; only about $2/copy) at locally owned Chicago businesses.

Printing costs are expensive, which is why we we’re applying for this grant.  We plan to go with a professional printer, as (respectfully) opposed to DIY-zine style, because we want to offer our artists an opportunity to have their work published in a professional setting.

So far we’ve raised over 50% of the money needed through two fundraisers.  Our most recent event featured readings by our authors and Thax Douglas, as well as performances by local musicians and installations by visual artists.  We’re also looking for sponsorship by promoting local businesses in the print edition.


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