CAFÉ Grants Support Local Artists


Planet Altered is one of the newest galleries in Chattanooga’s Southside art district.  Once a month, gallery workers set up tables and chairs inside the gallery and serve soup and bread.

It’s called the CAFÉ grant supper.  CAFÉ is an acronym which stands for Community Arts Funded Event.  Everybody who comes for dinner pays ten dollars–about 40 people usually attend, so up to four hundred dollars is collected.  During dinner, artists compete for the small grant.




While everybody is eating soup and bread, the artists show examples of their work, and they talk about how they might use the money, how it could help them improve their art.

Jerry Green is a Chattanooga landscape artist.  He made a presentation at the October CAFÉ grant supper, and he won.  He says he’s out of work right now, so he can really use the money.  He was laid off from his manufacturing job.  He’s decided to reinvent himself–to become a professional artist.  It’s difficult because, being unemployed, he doesn’t have a lot to spend on art supplies.  The grant has helped him purchase those supplies.


Jerry Green painted this landscape after winning a CAFE grant.

From Planet Altered’s Web site:


C. A. F. E. Grant Supper
Sunday, January 9, 6-8 pm
Reservations Limited, Call Today!

FRIENDS: A fun way to support community arts!

It’s so simple. Folks from the community come to a fun evening of simple food, soup and bread, to meeting interesting people, enjoy music, art, energy and good vibes.

All monies collected for that evening’s meal ($10 / person) becomes the ‘GRANT’.
During dinner, artists, teacher or organizers describe their projects needing a ‘micro grant’. Discussion follows by the Diners/Grantors, and the project receiving the most votes receives the evening’s total proceeds, or the Grant. The number of seats is limited, so reservations are required. Call Jean at 423-400-4100.

ARTISTS & ORGANIZERS: It’s simple, inspired and instant gratification!

iIf you are an emerging artist, a teacher, or an organization with an art project that could use some cash to make it happen, we want YOU! You’ll need to fill out a brief application with a synopsis of your project, plus a picture that can be posted on the wall. No fee to apply. You pitch your idea to the group and the project getting the most votes that evening wins it all. We want you to come back the following month to update us on your progress (with pictures). Can be any project to do with the arts – music, dance, visual art, writing, etc.

Pick up an application at the Planet or download here.

C.A.F.E. Grant will meet the second Sunday of each month
January 9 and February 13.



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One Response to “CAFÉ Grants Support Local Artists”

  1. fcaguild Says:

    Excellent idea!

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