In 2014, young and emerging arts administrators and artists from Torpedo Factory Arts Center and Convergence Arts Initiative began meeting together to discuss ways to bring renewal to the arts scene in Alexandria, VA. During these talks CRAVE was born and I, along with a team from both Convergence and The Torpedo Factory, became a key person in the CRAVE initiative.
CRAVE (Creating Resources for Artistic Vision and Engagement) is a micro-granting dinner in the DMV designed to support creative projects inspired by the arts, to engage and benefit the local community. This is how it works
1. For a $15 donation, attendees receive a simple, yet hearty meal and a vote.
2. Four presenters each with a project to benefit the community by means of creativity, five minutes
3. Dinner with a time to ask questions; share resources and vote on the project that will best serve their community.
4. Winner takes home an on-the-spot micro-grant made up of the donations from the dinner.
The CRAVE initiative promotes engaging in conversation, deriving new means to support creative projects and cultivates new supporters and patrons of the arts. It is also a way of encouraging the role of artists and art-making in our community as social and civic engagement.