Connexion ARC’s annual eat and greet project fundraiser takes place this Wednesday at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre.
What is Art Kitchen?
Art Kitchen is a radically transparent and participatory approach to arts funding. Connexion ARC partners with local establishments and invites a guest chef to prepare a delicious soup using locally-sourced ingredients. This year’s guest chef is Pat Craig. A meal is served family-style while four artists present their project proposals. Each patron is given one ballot to vote for the art project they would like to see happen in Fredericton, NB. The selected artist will receive a grant from the evening’s profits, providing a local artist or curator with unbureaucratic funding for artistic creation, research, and experimentation.
Art Kitchen is a method of arts funding that draws from entrepreneurial and grassroots strategies to generate funds for new, emerging, and newly professionalized artists and curators. Art Kitchen encourages communities to engage in the processes of art making and local patronage, as a radically transparent and inclusive fundraiser. For emerging artists and curators, applying for an Art Kitchen grant is a simple and unbureaucratic method to receive immediate support for a new or continuing project. The initiative approaches arts funding by working outside of possible granting barriers. As an artist-run organization, Connexion ARC seeks to foster the growth of contemporary artists in its membership.
Who are this year’s presenting artists?
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The artists’ project 𝙡𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙘𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙘𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙡 comes from a desire to re-discover and re-contextualize the spaces we see and pass through every day. In photos and poetry, they hope to tease out the elements of fascination within each scene which, in turn, cumulatively generates a way of seeing the city from different angles.
Arrow Amor (Sarah Irving and Mitl Gaxiola)
As Arrow Amor, they work primarily with communities to create art in public spaces. They have worked with people of all ages, helping them paint murals that reflect the identity of their park, community or neighbourhood. They would like to have people of all ages from the Fredericton area come out to lend a hand, paint the mural, and create a sense of connection between the piece of art and the community.
Ysabelle hopes to start a disability arts festival in New Brunswick, which is home to the second-largest population of people living with disabilities in Canada. She intends to document work by artists with disabilities and create a place where artists can connect and share resources with each other, and to start a dialogue to identify barriers and collaborate on accessible solutions.
Nichole finds inspiration for her felted projects in the books she reads and has often wanted to physically express the details from these books. This project hopes to entice younger readers to pick up a book and dive into these fantasy worlds.
When is Art Kitchen?
Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Charlotte Street Arts Centre auditorium.
How do I get tickets?
Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite (service fee applies), or in person at Connexion ARC’s offices (Charlotte Street Arts Centre room 133, office hours Monday to Thursday, 12-6 p.m.)
This year there are three levels of support, all of which go toward funding the selected artist’s project:
$20 – Patrons receive dinner table seating, a meal, and a voting ballot.
$40 – Philanthropists receive dinner table seating, a meal and a voting ballot, and sponsor an additional ticket for low-income or student guest. Philanthropists will be acknowledged individually during the meal, if desired.
$10 – Peanut Gallery tickets receive overflow seating and a voting ballot (no actual peanuts will be served, due to allergies).
Please consider purchasing your tickets well in advance. A limited number of Patron tickets will be available for $25 at the door, as well as Peanut Gallery seats.