The Slush Fund

The Luminary presents a new micro-granting initiative, the Slush Fund, which pairs conceptual artist-designed cocktails with projects and practices in need of funding.

The Luminary presents a new micro-granting initiative, the Slush Fund, which pairs conceptual artist-designed cocktails with projects in need of funding.

As of the fall of 2015, we have featured an artist-designed cocktail at our bar, with a significant portion of the proceeds going to a selected artist or project. The Slush Fund coincides with The Luminary's launch of its full bar program, continuing our commitment as an artist-centric space to connect each aspect of our programs with the sustainability of artistic practices.

Research: nods to initiatives such as Sunday Soup, Sloup, Joseph del Pesco's The Bitter Valise, Gordan Matta-Clark and Carol Goodden’s conceptual restaurant FOOD and Ryan Gander’s Artists’ Cocktails book for inspiration and further reading.

Current:
Neo-Carajillo: a smooth coffee cocktail made of rum, butter, brown sugar, and cold brew coffee. This drink is inspired by Silicon Valley's new favorite drink ("Bulletproof Coffee" with butter) and the drink favored by Spanish colonists in Cuba for courage in battle (coffee with rum, called a "Carajillo" in Spain). This drink was designed to accompany our current exhibition, "OPW? POW!".

Past:
001: ___ New World: a rye whiskey, strawberry shrub & champagne punch modeled after revolutionary-era drinking habits. Proceeds going to digital label Farfetched.
002: Barbiana Negroni: a twist on the traditional Tuscan classic negroni inspired by a rural Tuscan school in the village of Barbiana that self-organized under the leadership of Don Milani to create an alternative education platform for the young students, leading to the influential text Letter to a Professor, which presented a radical departure of the class-based system previously in place. Proceeds go to support three area adjunct professors facing decreased or cancelled classes.
003: Summer Jam (aka the Quentin Miller): a La Croix and Chardonnay mixer for our favorite ghostwriter paired with the Know Yourself exhibition.