[DUBUQUE, IA.] Art Gumbo, a quarterly soup dinner that supports local art projects with community-supported micro-funding, is now accepting applications from arts groups or organizations for the fall funding cycle.  Applications for Art Gumbo mini grants for the fall funding cycle are available now through Thursday, September 22. Application questions are available at artgumbodubuque.blogspot.com

Submission guidelines include the separation of individual artists and organizations or groups during funding cycles. Individual artists are not eligible to apply during the fall funding cycle. The first seven eligible applications received by 11:59 p.m. on September 22 will qualify to compete for funding.

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 or arts organizations are 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 entitles the attendee to a locally prepared soup dinner and the opportunity to review all submitted proposals and to vote for their favorite. The Art Gumbo fund's nightly proceeds will be awarded to the proposal that gets the most votes. Art Gumbo sessions will be hosted at new locations each quarter featuring soup by a regional food source. The next Art Gumbo Soup Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, September 29, 6-8 p.m. at Voices Warehouse Gallery, 1000 Jackson Street in Dubuque. The evening will feature a farmers market soup created and donated by members of Green Dubuque, cold beverages by Dubuque County Fine Arts Society & Voices From The Warehouse, with a special musical guest and a birthday cake to celebrate the Art Gumbo project's first year.


For more information visit artgumbodubuque.blogspot.com or contact Paula Neuhaus or Megan Starr at art.gumbo.dbq@gmail.com.