Traditionally, works of art were commissioned by royalty and often depicted whatever narcissistic, unrealistic portrayal of the royals they told the artists to paint. But that was then and this is now. MK-Eat (get it?) is a multi-disciplinary, community-based grant. They encourage projects that reflect community needs and welcome all types of manifestation, including (but certainly not limited to) performance, video, design, music, public installation, community engagement projects, theater, media arts, arts outreach, youth projects, dance, educational opportunities, projects rooted in sustainable practices, and outreach to under-represented communities.
They collect proposals for these pieces, then host a dinner where members of the community come eat, look at past proposals, consider proposals for the future, vote, and award the funds collected at the dinner to the project or projects the audience decides to fund. It’s like we’re the royalty and but we don’t have to wear any of those damn 17th century costumes.
Seriously, folks, this is a great chance to get involved in funding and deciding the projects that get actualized in our community. There is a $10 ticket with all proceeds benefiting the artist that is chosen, and this is the first event of its kind in Milwaukee. Take part in this – it’s not something you’re going to want to miss. The first ever MK-Eat event is this Saturday, May 7 at 6pm at your Public House.