For the last couple of years, the Planet Altered Gallery on Chattanooga’s Southside has held fundraising events called CAFE Grant Suppers. At these events, people pay $12 for dinner. During the dinner, artists and creative people who could use extra money to fund their work give pitches. People listen to the pitches, vote, and then the winning artist receives most of the money people paid for dinner–often several hundred dollars total. It’s a way for the Southside community to gather, enjoy food and fun, and support a local artist.
On February 12th, the CAFE Grant series did something different–instead of artists, teachers competed for the grant money. Mary Helen Miller spoke to the teachers and several other people present at the event.