I was part of a volunteer effort to put on an arts microgrant program, Sunday Soup, and organized live reporting collaborations every month. Grand Rapids was the originator of what became an international movement: $5 cash or a homemade soup will get you in the door. Inside, there is a room of people passionate about supporting local projects and eating soup. People would bring a bowl or grab one from the table, sit down, and listen to fellow Grand Rapidians pitch what they’ve been working on. Every attendee gets a vote; the proposal with the most votes receives the collected entrance fees of all who came. The money has helped previously with projects ranging from community gardens to documentary films.
In the summers, Sunday Soup became Sunday Sundaes. In other places, it has taken on the name