Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sunday Soup Raises Over $500 for Homeless Youth Theater Project

Next Sunday Soup: June 26, applications due June 13 (applications available online)

Congratulations to the artists who presented at the first Sunday Soup! Warren Bogan, Margie Guyot, Johamy Morales, and Todd Springer had five minutes each to present their work in hopes of walking away with community donations.

More than $500 was raised at Traverse City's first Sunday Soup. Funding when to Johamy Morales' project, Voices of Now, which works with the Students in Transition Empowerment Program (STEP) to create a theatrical work about homelessness.

STEP is a free program of the Traverse City Area Public Schools that ensures the educational rights of families and youth who lack fixed, regular, and adequate housing. The goal of the program is to ensure school stability, remove barriers to full participation in education, and support academic achievement while children are in residential transition.

"Throughout my research I have become aware of the problem of homelessness that many students experience here in Traverse City. I feel that it is essential for the community to begin a dialog in order to educate one another and create social change." Johamy said.

This fall, students will spend five weeks devising and developing a theatrical work on the issue of homelessness. During this time they will learn how to work together and use theater as a free form of expression. Studets will perform their finished piece for the community.

Sunday Soup is an open source, community driven, micro-granting program to support the creation of new art in our region. Artists of any age, any discipline and from anywhere in the ten-county area may apply. The applications are collected and juried by ISLAND and the best projects are selected to present to the Sunday Soup community. Once a month, folks gather at Porterhouse Productions’ new all arts gallery and community space, The Good Work Collective in Traverse City. They donate $5 to $20 for a delicious meal of local soup, salad and bread, while enjoying three to five short presentations by the selected artists. Each presentation will be a 5-minute, informative and entertaining explanation of the proposed art project. After the presentations, the community will drop their soup spoons into a voting bucket for their favorite project—and at the end of the night, the project with the most spoons takes home 100% of the cash brought in at the door. Let’s fund local artists with local money!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a misleading headline. I thought that you were getting together a bunch of homeless kids and doing Hamlet. I was thinking that this would be a horrible and slightly cruel idea - I'm sure the last thing homeless kids want to do is put on a play! :)

Humbly suggest you consider a different headline, like "Sunday Soup Raises over $5000 for Youth Theatre Project for Homeless"