EAT! Micro-Grant Dinner

February 23, Sunday, 6 p.m.

EAT! = Enhancing the Arts Together!

The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and the The Porch Too are teaming up to empower our community to take arts philanthropy into its own hands.

Based on similar programs happening all around the world, EAT! Micro-Grant Dinners enhance the vitality of art and artists in our community by funding local art projects and encouraging dialogue and collaborative decision-making between artists and the public.

The next EAT! Micro-Grant Dinner is scheduled for Sunday, February 23, at 6 p.m. Funding requests are due Monday, February 10, at 6 p.m.

HOW IT WORKS, PART 1: Eat, Listen, Discuss, Vote

Pay $12 ($6 for children ages 12 and under) to attend a fun, casual dinner of delicious soup, salad, and simple dessert at BMAC. During dinner, review and discuss funding requests for local art projects. At the end of the night, vote for one or more projects to receive the night’s proceeds. For every $12 admission fee, $10 gets awarded to the winning project(s), and $2 goes to BMAC, and for every $6 admission fee, $5 gets awarded to the winning project(s), and $1 goes to BMAC to cover expenses. You can purchase tickets online ahead of time, or pay at the door.

HOW IT WORKS, PART 2: Apply for a Micro-Grant

To apply for a grant (probably no more than $500, depending on how many people show up for dinner), take a few minutes to answer three simple questions about your project. (Hard-copy application forms are available at the BMAC front desk.)

Not sure what to apply for?

Maybe you need to buy supplies…

… or frame some paintings
… or install an exhibit
… or hire acrobats
… or produce a video of a performance
… or advertise an art event
… or purchase 200 kazoos
… or skip a shift at work to complete a project
… or develop informational resources of use to artists in our area
… or pay to keep the heat on in your studio
… or [your project here]

In a nutshell, any project that contributes to the vitality of art and artists in our community and would benefit from a grant of just a few hundred dollars might fit the bill. Individuals, groups, teams, businesses, schools, non-profit organizations and others are welcome to apply. (And applicants and their friends are welcome to attend the dinner and cast votes, too!)

Questions? Contact Michelle at 802-257-0124 x101 or


$300 to NEYT alumni for a traveling production of Romeo & Juliet
$300 to In-Sight Photography Project for a portable digital projector
$200 to Cyndal Ellis for supplies for early childhood dance classes
$255 to Neighborhood Schoolhouse for art studio classes for kids
$250 to Vermont Theatre Company for original music for Shakespeare in the Park
$245 to Marlboro Elementary School for printing student collage books
$300 to Alicia Hunsicker toward marketing expenses for a gallery exhibition
$375 to Mollie Burke for “Art in the Neighborhood”
$350 to Patty Meyer for “A Trip for Odyssey”