What is B.R.E.A.D.? It’s a grant and fundraising experiment. It’s a put-your-money-where-your-mouth-is for people who want to see more public art in Stockton.

BREAD stands for Backing Resources for Emerging Artists Democratically (B.R.E.A.D) and it is our first fundraiser dinner party. Think Shark Tank, but anti-capitalist, democratic, and with a goal of supporting the arts community in Stockton.


Come break BREAD with us. The proceeds from ticket sales are used to fund creative projects that feed Stockton arts and culture, as well as Placeholder Magazine’s operations.

Attendees will have a gastronomical experience by LoMade, enjoy refreshments, experience entertainment, and hear presentations from three finalists.

One ticket = one vote. You will pick the project you support.

Through this democratic system, patrons of the arts will be directly involved in supporting the arts community. We hope to provide a $1000 grant for an original community-based project, helping the proposal become a reality.

Purchase your tickets here.

Do you have a community arts project that could use $1,000? Find out how to apply below. Deadline for proposals Aug. 31

Become a Sponsor!

We are currently looking for sponsors to not only help our organization, but also the arts community in Stockton by participating in this democratic and innovative event. Placeholder is a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization and every dollar goes a long way and your donation is tax-deductible.

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Call for Proposals for B.R.E.A.D.

We are thrilled to announce an open call for project proposals for B.R.E.A.D., Backing Resources for Emerging Artists Democratically. B.R.E.A.D. is a fundraiser dinner party in which the great portion of the ticket sales will be used as a grant to fund a creative project in Stockton.

Do you have an innovative idea for a project that will benefit the arts community of the Central Valley? We invite you to participate in this opportunity to get $1000.00 in funding!

The artists or collectives whose ideas have greater creative innovation, community focus, and organizational competency will be invited to present their projects at the event on September 30th, where the attendees will vote for their favorite. Proposals can include, but are not limited to: workshops, public art, artists’ residencies, and curated shows. The project with the majority of votes will get funded.

About us:

Placeholder Magazine is a fiercely independent voice covering contemporary arts, culture, and literature. We are a Central Valley-based not-for-profit arts organization led entirely by volunteers. Through print and digital mediums, we provide an accessible forum for diverse voices.

Who may apply:

  • Those with a background in the arts in connection with the Central Valley
  • The ability to carry out the project within a year with the funding provided
  • Individual artists, and artists’ collectives
  • The project cannot be used to create a profit
  • The project has to take place in Stockton

How to apply:

Share the following materials in a google drive folder or zip file to with the email title “BREAD Proposal.” We will not consider applications that are missing materials or that are turned in after the deadline. You may turn in your materials in a google drive or dropbox folder with view only permission or as an attached pdf.

  • Project Overview
  • CV or resume of those involved
  • Community impact description/data
  • Detailed Budget
  • Link to websites/link-in/instagram or anything that may help us get to know you better.

Dates and Deadlines:

Application Deadline: August 31th, 2017
Finalists Announced: September 15th, 2017
Fundraiser Dinner: September 23rd, 2017 5-9pm
Checks mailed to grantee: October 13th, 2017