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Sunday Soup: A Micro-grant Program that Brings People Together to Fund

For years, Sugar City has been hosting Sunday Soup – a get-together designed to bring new ideas to light, and then act upon them. In order to make Sunday Soup work, the DIY art collective wrangles entrepreneurial creatives together to talk, share ideas, eat and drink (pot luck), and ultimately contribute funding ($5 suggested) to bring an idea to reality. Each person at the event makes a small contribution, presents a project, and at the end of the session three finalists are selected. From there an overall winner is chosen. That winner is awarded the collected funds.

Sunday Soup has sister events that are hosted throughout the world, including Brooklyn FEAST, Portland STOCK, Baltimore STEW, and Kiev’s Borscht. It’s inspiring to see Buffalo taking part in a similar micro-funding initiative, made possible thanks to the ongoing efforts of Sugar City.

This coming Sunday Soup is the fifteenth session since the initiative was launched. Past pot luck feasts have managed to raise money for projects that include:

  • “Terrassic Island” (a theatric retelling of Jurassic Park)
  • “The Children’s Vinery” a garden and play area on Northampton Street
  • “Ecological Disaster Tour” a guided tour of WNY’s industrial past and its impact on our future
  • “Conroy & Brown’s Impractical Cartography” a alternative geographical guide connecting people, place and our stories

At the upcoming Sunday Soup, the “brainchildren” behind Silo Sessions (video music recordings at Silo City), will present their success story as it relates to the funding that it received. There will also be a short “Silo Sessions” concert following the Sunday Soup session. “Silo Sessions started as an idea shared between two friends,” says the team at Sugar City. ““Oh man wouldn’t it be cool to do a video blog out of the grain silos!”


“The excitement they shared quickly spread amongst the community. The excitement was based on something intangible about the silos. I tend to think that it is all of the old spirits that live by the Buffalo River that make the place so appealing. Or maybe it is the determination of the people who built and worked in the silos lingering, urging us to put our blood and faith into something larger than ourselves. Whatever it is there is something magical about the Perot Grain Elevator, and Marine A. The tranquility of resiliency. Nature creates, human adapts, human creates, nature adapts and so on. In this space there is a balance, where the resiliency of nature and human kind shake hands and share their songs.”

Sugar City and Friends Present:
Sunday Soup: a micro-grant program that brings people together to fundcreative ideas
Sunday, November 15th 4:30 to 7pm
Sugar City 1239 Niagara Street
Suggested Donation: $5 with a dish to pass or $10 without.
(Please consider bringing your own plate, bowl, cup & utensils)

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Submit your idea to present at Sunday Soup! Sugar City is seeking any creative community based idea, initiative or project. The ideal Sunday Soup project is something that uses your creativity to help make Buffalo a stronger community. Sunday Soup is designed for people or groups who are not a 501(c)3 non-profit or fiscally sponsored and are not eligible for traditional grants or loan assistance. Please send a short proposal outlining your idea to and we will follow up with additional information. The submission deadline is November 11th at 10PM!

Venue Information: Sugar City is Buffalo’s only legal, DIY, volunteer-run, all-ages performance venue. Accordingly, all events at Sugar City are drug and alcohol-free and end before 11pm. Our goal is to provide an alternative space to share and create art and community projects based on participatory culture and a do-it-together attitude.

Events and initiatives include, but are not limited to music, films, poetry readings, a zine library, meeting space, art gallery, workshops, and more. We want to break down the barriers of what is and isn’t “art” because in some way everyone is an artist.  More information:



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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