Sunday, January 22, 2012

Brattleboro Essential Arts Network (BEAN) Micro-Grant Dinner Tonight!

I will be attending this event tonight to present my finished project and to support the next round of micro-grant applicants. This is a wonderful program for artists. I know first hand how a small grant can help a project become more successful.

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and the Elliot Street CafĂ© 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.


$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

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Alicia Hunsicker's art is undeniably beautiful. She is an expert at extracting the highly-detailed textures and fibers of the human body, bringing them from darkness, into the light, with a technical precision that rivals any modern-day master.
David Aquino, Brattleboro Reformer