Community-driven fundraiser for artists


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About the project Edit

Since February 2009, a group of artists in New York City has been organizing its own variation of participatory budgeting, called FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics). FEAST is a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging artmakers.

At each FEAST, participants will pay a sliding-scale entrance fee for which they will receive supper and a ballot. Diners will vote on a variety of proposed artist projects. At the end of dinner, the artist whose proposal receives the most votes will be awarded funds collected through the entrance fee to produce the project. The work will then be presented during the next FEAST.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

FEAST is a unique community-driven fundraiser for artists. It represents a new form of participatory budgeting, emerging autonomously from artist communities.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Every project brings awareness to the urban environment, it connects communities and artists together and also democratizes the curatorial process.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

In 2009, FEAST funded 14 projects, granted over $8500, and served thousands of audience members. FEAST has created an expansion pilot program in Minneapolis, MN. In 2010, FEAST will foster initiatives in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and other cities across the country. FEAST is connecting with sister-organizations in Chicago, Portland OR, and Baltimore.

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