stock-soupBack in November, I had the good fortune of meeting and interviewing Abigail Satinsky, one of the co-founders of the Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and the Everyday (InCUBATE Chicago). Started as a collaborative between arts administration students at the School of the Art Institute at Chicago, InCUBATE is dedicated to researching and developing alternative funding models to commercial and non-profit arts projects.

As a former arts admin student and someone who has worked somewhat begrudgingly at NPOs for the past 10 years, I had an immediate interest in InCUABTE’s work. Their research carries added relevance as we contemplate the long-term affects of our current ecnomic recession.

Perhaps InCUBATE’s most well-known project is Sunday Soup, a monthly gathering wherein participants pay $10 for a bowl of soup and vote on an artist project to receive the raised funds. The grants, while small in scale (usually $100-$300) adopt a Muhammad Yunnus style approach to funding, allowing for the support of small to medium sized cultural productions.

In April, InCUBATE funded the production of my book, Brains, Brilliancy, Bohemia, and I gave a lecture on Chicago hobohemianism at a Sunday Soup event.

This month two separate InCUBATE-inspired gatherings come to Portland.

First up is Stock, organized by Katy Asher, Ariana Jacob and Amber Bell. The dinner will take place at Gallery Homeland, Sunday, July 26th, from 6-9 PM. Read the guidelines and application process here.

Next is Food For Thought, a project focusing on political/ activist projects. The event is organized by Axiom Infoshop, a group trying to start a book shop, free store and info-center in North Portland. Meeting time and location TBD; visit their site for details.

Time to get cookin!