Designing a system to support emerging artists through fundraising dinners
Experiential design, visual design
FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) was a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging art makers in Brooklyn, NY.
PDA designer, Sarah Sandman, collaborated with members of a former Brooklyn art collective, Hit Factory, on FEAST. At each FEAST, patrons gave a $20 donation for which they received supper and a ballot. Diners spent the evening reviewing a series of project proposals and conversing with the artists behind each idea. Attendees cast a vote for their favorite proposal, and by the end of the night, the artist who garnered the most votes is awarded a grant comprised of that evening’s door money.
Since 2009, FEAST Brooklyn produced 13 dinners, funded 32 projects, and awarded $21,406. Meanwhile, similar models have emerged all over the country, resulting in a network of organizations committed to rethinking how art is financed and communally experienced.
Special thanks to Sunday Soup for the inspiration.
Learn about how FEAST funded emerging artists through sustainable tactics!