Answers to common questions about Charlottesville SOUP.
When is SOUP?
SOUP is held a twice a year, and we expect our next SOUP event to be Fall 2021. Sign up for our email list here to keep up with the latest SOUP announcements and New City Arts programs.
Where does SOUP happen?
SOUP typically happens in different CAT-accessible, Charlottesville venues. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have hosted SOUP virtually (via Zoom).
How much does it cost to attend?
Just $10 gets you in—and gets you dinner!
Do I need to buy a ticket? Why?
Yes. The event link—and the opportunity to vote—will only be open to ticket holders. Money raised from ticket sales is pooled together to create the artist grant.
Why would I have to get tickets through a lottery?
SOUP tickets are always in high demand and because our in-person events are often in small community venues with limited seating, we run a ticket lottery to make the chances of getting a ticket more fair.
For special virtual editions of SOUP, capacity is not as limited in the same way, and no one is required to enter a ticket lottery.
What is the schedule for the evening like?
Attendees hear from up to 4 local artists seeking funding. Presentations are brief, about 4 minutes. Then presenters take questions from you, the attendees. Attendees will cast their vote and then we tally the votes, announce the winner, and present the grant right then and there. Ta da! We also hear a little bit at the start of the meal from the previous winners about what they’ve accomplished with their SOUP grant money.
What can I expect to hear during the presentations?
You will hear a short presentation from each artist, perhaps even a performance of some kind! You might get handed a ‘zine or a photograph to look at, too. The floor is then opened for 2 questions from the audience. The presentations are simple and hopefully fun.
How many proposals do you accept for the dinner?
We only have time for a maximum of four presentations per dinner. Much more than that make it hard to have a constructive dialogue about each proposal while eating and meeting our neighbors.
Do I need to be a “professional artist” or have an MFA or something like that in order to apply for a SOUP grant?
No way! Anyone can apply for a SOUP grant. You definitely do not need to be a “professional artist” or have attended art school or anything formal like that.
I have a creative project in the arts! How can I submit my idea for consideration for a SOUP grant?
For more information about the application process and to apply, visit our apply page. Applications are now closed.
What kind of projects are eligible?
SOUP invites Charlottesville artists making projects of all kinds and in all mediums to apply.
Contact us for more information or with questions.
When are the proposals due?
Applications are usually due about 4-6 weeks before the SOUP dinner. Applications are now closed.
SOUP sounds great! I want to volunteer. How can I help?
Hurray! SOUP happens with the help of generous volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering for our next event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I donate money to SOUP?
Yes, please! We are always accepting donations to help Charlottesville SOUP pay for the cost of food and decorations. SOUP is an official program of New City Arts Initiative, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Click here to make a donation and please write “Charlottesville SOUP” in the memo if you would like your donation to benefit our program. And, thank you!