The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and the Elliot Street Café are teaming up to empower our community to take arts philanthropy into its own hands.Based on similar programs happening all around the world, BEAN Micro-Grant Dinners enhance the vitality of art and artists in our community by providing artists with much-needed financial support and encouraging dialogue and collaborative decision-making between artists and the general public.BEAN, which stands for “Brattleboro Essential Arts Network,” also aims to change the face of arts funding -- from a top-down model with limited interaction between funders and recipients to one that features direct, personal contact between donors and their beneficiaries, allowing virtually anyone to become a philanthropist.
The next BEAN Dinner will take place Sunday, January 22, 2012 from 6 to 7:30 pm.
HOW IT WORKS, PART 1: Eat, Discuss, Vote
For only $12 anyone can attend a Mexican dinner catered and served by the Elliot Street Cafe, with live music by Red Heart the Ticker. Over dinner, guests will review and discuss funding requests for local art-related projects. At the end of the night, guests will vote for one or more proposals that deserve to receive the proceeds from the event.
PREVIOUS BEAN MICRO-GRANT RECIPIENTS
$300 to NEYT alumni for a traveling production of Romeo & Juliet
$300 to In-Sight Photography Project for a portable digital projector
$200 to Cyndal Ellis for supplies for early childhood dance classes
$255 to Neighborhood Schoolhouse for art studio classes for kids
$250 to Vermont Theatre Company for original music for Shakespeare in the Park
$245 to Marlboro Elementary School for printing student Collage Books
$300 to Alicia Hunsicker toward marketing expenses for a gallery exhibition
$8,000+ to artists who suffered damage in Tropical Storm Irene