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When is the next CRAVE dinner?

We’re cooking up plans for the next event. Subscribe now to be notified of future dates.

What is CRAVE?

The Torpedo Factory Art Center and Convergence Arts Initiative bring together innovators with arts enthusiasts and supporters to fund new creative endeavors during CRAVE.

Now in the fourth installment, CRAVE (Creating Resources for Artistic Vision and Engagement) has granted about $5,300 to creative projects in the region. Similar models exist across the globe, but CRAVE is the only active micro-granting dinner series in the greater Washington, D.C. region.

How do I participate in CRAVE?

For a $15 donation you get a tasty, yet simple meal and a vote. You can also submit a proposal for your creative project, or volunteer to help make dinner.

The evening goes like this:

Every attendee has a chance to make an impact as a patron of the arts. Four presenters share information on their arts-related projects and how they will benefit the community. After sharing a meal together, everyone votes. The chosen presenters receives an on-the-spot grant at the end of the night. The sum is dependent upon the funds collected through the $15 ticket sales and additional donations. The more people in attendance, the larger the sum. 

Why do it this way?

The dinners create a dynamic space for community involvement in the projects being presented. This public buy-in generates greater understanding of—and support for—the arts in our society. This approach also opens up funding and resource opportunities for artists and creators who are creating more experimental, expressive content that doesn’t always fit neatly into sometimes limited arts funding categories.


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Project Submission Guidelines

Deadline: TBD

Subscribe now to be notified of future dates. Each proposal will be reviewed by the CRAVE panel and rated on the following four elements:

  • Artistic merit
  • Community engagement
  • Innovation
  • A well-articulated project narrative

You may submit 5-10 images along with your proposal in JPG format. If you would like to submit video, you may do so in MOV or MP4 format. The complete proposal should include the following components:

  • Project Narrative: Describe your project and how it will benefit your community.
  • Short Bio: Tell us about yourself!
  • Proposed Budget: How will you be using the funds to reach your project goal?
  • Proposed Timeline: What are the steps in realizing your proposal?

If your proposal is selected by the panel, you will be required to attend the CRAVE dinner and give a 3-5 minute presentation about your project. No technology will be available for your presentation; however, you are more than welcome to bring print materials, posters, etc. The presentation should include the following:

  • Personal introduction and background
  • Project description
  • How you feel this project will engage and benefit the community

What types of projects may be submitted?

The sky is the limit, so long as the project is rooted in art, innovation, and will benefit the local community.

Submit a proposal now.