Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Feast RVA

A very cool and innovative idea for funding creative projects has recently made its way to Richmond. Originally started in Brooklyn, Feast RVA is a local initiative that combines good food, creative people and awesome ideas with small-scale funding. A venue hosts a small number of creatives who bring proposals for a project, business or creative venture of some sort and attendees of the event get to vote and choose their favorite project presented. Anyone interested can purchase tickets to the event (around $25 each), which includes a locally catered meal and drinks while they listen to each creative presentation. At the end of the evening, all of the guests cast their ballot for the best idea and the winning creative leaves with $500 towards their project! Not only do you get to enjoy a great meal and chat with other Richmond creatives, you also get to contribute to someone's dream. It's so simple, yet so brilliant!

From the Feast RVA site, "Since 2009, the Brooklyn FEAST project has raised over $15,000 in support of the arts. Feast RVA is not just an extension of this communal spirit, it’s custom-fitted to Richmond’s unique artistic personality. We’re Richmonders who want to help other Richmonders, and through a culture of generosity, we can make a difference in our city."

Quirk Gallery will host Feast RVA's inaugural event on October 14, from 7 pm to 10 pm, with a meal from The Cellar Door and appetizers from Sticky To-Go-Go. In addition to that awesomeness, the event will feature music by The Bird and Her Consort (which consists of two wonderfully talented Richmonders, Antonia Begonia, "The Bird", and her husband, Jonathan Vassar, who is also one of the founding members of The Listening Room). You can purchase your tickets here and submit an application for your creative idea to be included here. I can't wait to see what great ideas are funded through this!

Now, off to narrow down my list of ideas..!

Christie Thompson

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