As a response to the continued dwindling of government support for the arts, BREAD! KC was founded in October 2010 as a micro-financing organization dedicated to providing sustainable, democratic means of supporting the Kansas City creative community. BREAD! KC is a member of the Sunday Soup Network, an international system of over 70 similar organizations, originally founded by the Chicago-based artist collective, Incubate.
The event prototype is simple: bring the community together, serve them a delicious meal in exchange for a modest donation, introduce them to innovative artists from the community and educate them about their projects, then allow them to choose which project they would like to fund. Although there is a monetary award involved, BREAD! KC also strives to bring the community together to create and strengthen a network of support for each other. Additionally, it provides a platform for which artists can present new ideas and receive valuable feedback.
At the close of 2012, BREAD! KC raised over $12,000 for local artists and creative organizations through dinners and our spin-off project, Liquid Bread. We have also partnered with a variety of prestigious Kansas City entrepreneurs and organizations, including the Charlotte Street Foundation, La Cucaracha Press, Grand Arts, America: Now & Here at The Leedy-Voulkos Gallery, The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange, The H&R Block Artspace, the Gillis Center, Bambini Creativi, The Reading Reptile, Record Bar, Artist INC II and, of course, Farm to Market Bread Co.
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