In recent years, Community Supported Agriculture (or C.S.A.) programs have begun to connect growers directly to the people buying and eating their food. Similarly, a Community Supported Art program can help artists sell their work to local patrons. Patrons buy a share for $300 and get 3 boxes of art. Each box contains 3 artworks. In Minneapolis, Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org partnered to create an art CSA in summer 2010.
This spring, The Arts Partnership will launch its Community Supported Art program in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Each share is will contain contain 8 works of visual art and tickets to 1 performing arts event. Shareholders will be able to acquire artworks and experiences from both established and emerging local artists, expand or start their art collections, and engage with other arts patrons and artists at monthly pick-up parties. Artists get the opportunity to expand their markets to people who might not otherwise purchase their art, improved visibility and publicity within the F-M area and beyond, and a stipend to pay for the cost of producing the art.
The following artists and organizations are participating in the Summer 2012 CSA season: Emily Williams Wheeler, Ann Arbor Miller, Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society, Chelsea Thornton, Theatre B, Carmen Bruhn, Nordic Art Alliance, and Gallery 4.
Shares go on sale April 10, 2012, and art will be delivered in May, July, and September. Watch The Arts Partnership Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about the CSA program.
This local project is modeled on the Community Supported Art program in Minnesota, created by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts.