Principals: Sean Starowitz and Andrew William Erdich
BREAD! KC has found a novel way to feed “starving artists.” A microfinancing organization, BREAD! KC provides a sustainable, democratic means of supporting the Kansas City creative community. To do that, it hosts monthly migrating dinner parties to raise money for its microgrants. Preselected artists or organizations pitch a proposal to dinner guests, and then dinner guests vote to determine who receives the grant for that event.
Founded in 2010, BREAD! KC started small: Sean Starowitz manned public relations while Andrew William Erdich created the menus and organized the dinners. But word of mouth and partnerships with such local businesses and restaurants as Farm to Market Bread, the Charlotte Street Foundation, Door to Door Organics, and Port Fonda helped the organization and its microgrants grow rapidly.
To date, BREAD! KC has hosted more than 450 guests and raised more than $3,500 to sponsor 10 local artists and organizations. Grants average more than $350, and dinners have been hosted at many Kansas City locations, including Grand Arts and the Leedy Voulkos.
BREAD! KC is a member of the Sunday Soup Network, an international network of more than 40 similar organizations founded by the artist collective Incubate of Chicago.