Public dinner fundraiser supports local artists

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- On Tuesday evening, many people around the Charlottesville area ate soup to benefit local artists.

The seasonal event is called Charlottesville Soup and is hosted by the New City Arts Initiative. All money raised before and during the event is put together into a grant for a local artist of the crowd's choosing.

At Tuesday's dinner, four local artists competed for a grant of about $2,500. Organizers say the event is eye-opening for people who aren't familiar with the art industry.

"Just seeing the passion the artists have, and seeing how much a little bit of funding can propel their art to the next level is something we hope folks will get," said Reginald Leonard, a Board Member for New City Arts.

The event includes soups, salads, and drinks. Organizers say they're very proud to be a part of an event like Charlottesville Soup.

"We've been happy to host these events twice a year, and we want to make sure they keep local artists funded. Each of the seven soup dinners have sold out," said Maureen Brondyke, Executive Director of New City Arts.

Before Tuesday's event, the program has raised $11,810 in micro-grants to seven local artists.

Tuesday's total is estimated to be $2,900, and was awarded to Claire Hitchins.

To find out more about the program and the winner, visit the website in the Related Links box.

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