MEAD Soup, a democratic micro-grant funding event, will take place Saturday, Nov. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. It will be led by Bethany Engstrom and Siglinde Langholz in conjunction with their current exhibit “Experimental Comminglings.”

MEAD Soup involves pitching creative ideas in response to the question “How can art and design help solve environmental problems?” While everyone enjoys homemade soup and bread, they listen to the presenters. Afterward, voting takes place and the winner receives some of the proceeds as seed money to take their idea to the next step.

MEAD, an acronym for Maine Environmental Art and Design, is a coalition of artists, organizations and supporters exploring how art and design can address environmental problems. All are welcome to attend this relaxed and innovative event. Suggested donation for soup and bread is $7 at the door.

Waterfall Arts is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The “Experimental Comminglings” exhibit will be on display through Nov. 26; gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; during special events; and by appointment. For more information on MEAD Soup, exhibits, classes, studio rentals and events, visit waterfallarts.org, stop by or call 338-2222.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.