Art Kitchen: a radically transparent and participatory approach to arts funding


Art Kitchen is a radically transparent and participatory approach to arts funding. Connexion ARC invites patrons to gather over a communal meal – a delicious soup prepared by a guest chef and beer from Picaroons Traditional Ales – and hear local artists present their work. Each patron is given a ballot to vote for one of four art projects they would like to see happen in Fredericton, NB. A popular vote determines the grant recipient. The selected artist will receive a grant from the evening’s profits, providing a local artist or curator with unbureaucratic funding for artistic creation, research, and experimentation.


Art Kitchen is a method of arts funding that draws from entrepreneurial and grassroots strategies to generate funds for new, emerging, and newly professionalized artists and curators. Art Kitchen encourages communities to engage in the processes of art making and local patronage, as a radically transparent and inclusive fundraiser.


For emerging artists and curators, applying for an Art Kitchen grant is a simple and unbureaucratic method to receive immediate support for a new or continuing project. The initiative approaches arts funding by working outside of possible granting barriers. As an artist-run organization, Connexion ARC seeks to foster the growth of contemporary artists in its membership.


Asa Fox presents at the inaugural Art Kitchen, 2017
When is Art Kitchen?
Join us Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 6:30pm in the Charlotte Street Arts Centre auditorium.


Tickets go on sale November 2 and can be purchased for $20:
– Online through Eventbrite (service fee applies)
– In person at Connexion ARC’s offices (Charlotte Street Arts Centre room 130, office hours Mon-Thurs 12-6pm)
Please consider purchasing your tickets well in advance. A limited number of tickets will also be available for $25 at the door.


If you have dietary restrictions or allergies, please RSVP at or by e-mailing Vegan and gluten-free options are available, Art Kitchen will try to accommodate everyone.


About Connexion ARC:


Connexion Artist-Run Centre for Contemporary Art is a not-for-profit, charitable artist-run centre mandated to present, develop and promote contemporary art, in Fredericton, New Brunswick.


Accessibility Notes:


The Charlotte Street Arts Centre Auditorium is fully accessible via elevator from the new ground floor entrance located on the right side of the building, approaching from Charlotte Street. There is an all-genders, wheelchair accessible washroom on the second floor, and two sets of gendered washrooms, each equipped with a wheelchair accessible stall, located on the first and second floors. Please call (506) 478-4484 or email if you require assistance or have any questions.


Art Kitchen is inspired by InCUBATE Chicago. Artist/curator applications for Art Kitchen are open until November 9, 2018, at 5:00 pm. Learn more here.