Join us in Brightmoor for SOUP!
Learn about creative projects happening in the neighborhood and vote on which project to fund with the money raised from the dinner.
Our next dinner is January 27th
St. Christine’s 22261 Fenkell, Detroit
Doors at 5:30. Presentations start by 6:15. Dinner by 7. Winner announced by 8.
$5 for SOUP, salad and a vote!
How it works:
Attendees pay $5 for soup & salad and vote on which project they think benefits the community the most. The winner goes home with all of the money raised at the door to carryout their project! At the dinner, Brightmoor residents and supporters connect, share ideas and community resources. Each dinner also features a local artist!
Working on a project that benefits the Brightmoor community? Submit your B SOUP proposal here.
Submit to B SOUP for a chance to win money, resources and ideas to help you carry out your project. Proposals are due by Monday, January 20 by 4:00 PM. The B SOUP board meets to discuss and select the top four proposals, which will be presented at the January 27th dinner.
September Winner: D.A.N.C.E., Inc.
Project Contact: Roslyn English, email@example.com
D.A.N.C.E. (Developing And Nurturing Community Empowerment – est. 2007) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to impacting the lives of youth, their families, and their communities through the performing arts. Our goal is to provide affordable high quality arts training to youth ages 3-18 from all socioeconomic groups. At D.A.N.C.E., we believe in training the whole individual; all of our participants, who are referred to as S.T.A.R.S. (Students Taking Active Roles in Society) are held to a high standard in a fun, family like environment. Our Dance Training Programs provide our S.T.A.R.S. with rigorous, quality training in multiple styles of dance, including: ballet, jazz, acrobatics, tap, hip hop, modern, and more. In 2009, after recognizing the need to provide pre-professional performance opportunities and training to our advanced participants, we started S.T.A.R.S. Dance Company (SDC), a national award winning dance team comprised of dancers ages 5-18. Members of the SDC have been able to travel across the country to train and compete without financial barriers. Besides just training in dance, our S.T.A.R.S. are provided with free academic coaching to help them maximize their academic potential and are encouraged to become active within their community through community service opportunities. Since being founded in 2007, we have never turned a child down due to the financial status of the family. We would be truly grateful for any assistance that Brightmoor SOUP can provide to assist us in continuing to provide quality dance training to the youth of Brightmoor.
Why does this project matter to the Brightmoor Community?
62% of our Brightmoor Program Participants require financial assistance in order to participate, many of which come from homes where the family income is below the Federal Poverty Level. This project is important for the Brightmoor Community because it provides the youth with opportunities that they would not otherwise have access to. The benefits of arts programs for youth are widely known and we seek to ensure that the youth of Brightmoor have access to these benefits. According to a report by the National Endowment for the Arts, “The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies”, at-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement. We hope to provide the youth of the Brightmoor Community with the opportunity to engage in a supportive arts training environment that will not only help them to grow artistically, but will prepare them for the future through an engaging curriculum which is infused with educational enrichment and character development.
What is the time frame for your project and how could you share its progress/completion at an upcoming SOUP?
Our program runs from September through June. We will hold a final performance that is open to the public in June. We would be happy to provide pictures and videos of the participants highlighting their progress over the season and/or give an oral presentation. We would also be happy to have our participants perform at one of the SOUP events if space will allow.
How will you use SOUP grant funding towards the realization of your project?
SOUP grant funding will allow us to continue to make the program accessible to all of the youth in the community who are interested. The funding will assist with making sure that all of our participants have the proper dance wear and equipment that they need to participate in the program.