Charlottesville SOUP gives largest grant ever to sewing enthusiast

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A program supporting local arts and creative projects has presented its largest individual artist grant.

The 12th Charlottesville SOUP event, put on by New City Arts, selected Lisa Woolfork as the grant recipient.

Charlottesville SOUP, which first took place in 2013, selects a small pool of artist applicants who present their project ideas during a special meal.

Attendees will then vote for who should receive a grant to fund their project.

The finalists for this event were painter Uzo Njoku, musician Nan Macmillan, visual artist and landscape architect Zoe Edgecomb, and Woolfork, who is a fourth-generation sewing enthusiast.

Woolfork received a $3,564 grant comprised of ticket sales, grant donations and a $1,000 Ting matching grant.

She will use it to fund a podcast called Stitch Please and a PopUp Sewing Studio.

Since 2013, Charlottesville SOUP has awarded more than $27,000 for 12 projects.

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