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A red soup can labelled "Souprize!" is set on top of a blackened, burned book stack in Marie Bannerot Mcinerney's "Falling Into Milk"

Saturday, May 18


$10 (cash only)

RSVP for guaranteed soup is now closed

Attendees pay $10 (cash only) at the door for a bowl of soup and a ballot to vote on 5-minute proposals given by those seeking funds for initiatives that support art, creativity, and community. Votes are tallied and one winner takes the proceeds of each event to fund their creative ideas.

Five projects will compete for the SOUPRIZE on Saturday, May 18, 2024. Each project presenter will have 5 minutes to pitch to the soup-slurping crowd. All those who purchased a ticket at the door will vote on their favorite project, ballots will be counted, and the winner takes the pot.

This year's projects are:

  • Geode [Therapy] Tapestries by Nikki Buchanan
  • Capturing Charleston by Oscar Aguilar
  • Donation Creation by Julia Ehret
  • Greenhouse Initiative by James Haddon
  • Year of the Bow Tie by Greg Cooper

SOUPRIZE is inspired by Sunday Soup and SLOUP—two soup-based, art-loving, micro-granting initiatives in Chicago and St. Louis, respectively. Sunday Soup was a community fundraising meal project initiated by InCUBATE (Abigail Satinsky, Bryce Dwyer, Roman Petruniak, and Matt Joynt) and others in the Chicago art community. It was in operation from 2007–2010 as a grassroots project to generate funds for artist initiatives and community projects through a grant raised by the meal. It inspired over 60 chapters across the world, all doing their own variations of the soup model. One such model was SLOUP in St. Louis, which was active from 2010–2015 and became active again since 2020.


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Tarble Arts Center

2010 9th St.
Charleston, IL 61920

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