Sprout is a locally sourced community dinner that funds emerging Seattle artists with a vote. Participants pay a sliding-scale entrance fee for which they receive a homemade dinner and a ballot. Diners watch presentations and vote on a variety of proposed artist projects. At the end of the dinner, the artist whose proposal receives the most votes is awarded funds collected at the door. The completed work is then presented during the next Sprout dinner. Over the course of five sold-out dinners since its inception in August 2010, Sprout has granted over $6,000 to emerging Seattle artists through micro-grants. At Sprout V on November 12, Project Girlworld: Opportunity Costs by Amy Benson received $1,000 in grant money to develop her documentary film. Runner-up grantees Adrien Leavitt and A. Slaven and their project LICK! presents: #1 must have, received a $500 grant.
Sprout engages artists from genres of all kinds who live and work in Seattle or King County, and encourages work that is sustainable, local and forward thinking. Sprout VI proposals are due by March 12, 5 p.m. For more information, visit the artist submission page.