ART GUMBO Soup Dinners Raise Money for Dubuque Art Projects Print
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Written by Paula Newhaus   
Monday, 11 March 2013 11:58
DUBUQUE, IA. – The spring installment of Art Gumbo, a quarterly soup dinner that supports local art projects with community-supported micro funding, is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 6-8 p.m., at St. Mark Community Center, 1201 Locust Street in Dubuque.

Art Gumbo is an independent community-based initiative that funds local arts projects using money collected at quarterly soup dinners. During each Art Gumbo funding cycle, artists and arts organizations are alternately invited to submit a brief project proposal that demonstrates an impact on the Dubuque community. The public is invited to attend and vote for their favorite proposal. A $10 donation at the door on March 21 entitles the attendee to soup and home-baked bread by East Mill Bakeshop & Catering and the opportunity to review all submitted proposals, and one vote for their favorite.

The March 21 soup dinner will feature seven proposals submitted by local arts organizations or creative groups whose project demonstrates an impact on the Dubuque community. The proceeds from the door will fund two proposals, first and second place, splitting the funding in a 70/30 fashion. A special group exhibit by Fun A Day Dubuque will feature the work of area individuals who met the challenge to engage in a daily creative activity each day of February. The work will be on display during the Art Gumbo event.

Art Gumbo dinners and micro-funding program are an independent effort initiated by local arts activists Paula Neuhaus and Megan Starr. The project’s mission is to bring artists together with art patrons to explore and fund projects, create working relationships, and to build an all-arts network. Since the project’s launch in September 2010, Art Gumbo has raised $8,565 to fund 16 creative projects. The March 21 soup dinner is open to anyone interested in attending the event. For more details about Art Gumbo and to review the proposals submitted for this funding cycle visit or contact Paula Neuhaus at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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