Community Supported Art (CSA) Program

CSA_LOGO_webOver the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, ASC is excited to offer our Community Supported Art (CSA) Program.

The CSA program is an exciting model of art support and distribution that supports artists in the creation and promotion of new work and establishes relationships with local collectors and patrons. Nine selected artists will each receive a commission to create 50 works of art for the program. Work from the nine selected artists will then be sold in the form of 50 “shares” to local art collectors and patrons. A “share” will consist of one piece from each of the nine artists and will be delivered in 3 monthly allocations featuring the locally produced works during the "season." Shares are distributed at three unique, exclusive events that will provide opportunities for artists and patrons to further connect.

One of the most important success criteria for the Community Supported Art program is in building lasting relationships between art producers and consumers. Since many members may have never seen and/or heard of CSA artists before, the events serve to build and deepen those relationships. It’s one thing to buy a piece of art; it’s another to meet artists at the pick-up site to ask questions, talk about their practice, or just say hello.

This local project is modeled on the successful CSA program in Minneapolis/St. Paul - created by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts - and is supported, in part, by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Want to Participate as an Artist?

The Community Supported Art Program is open to visual and/or craft (clay, wood, fiber, glass, metal, natural products, mixed media) artists ages 18 and up working in either 2D or 3D and residing in the Charlotte Region including Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Union, or York (SC) counties during the application and the program season. The 50 pieces that are produced for the CSA may be 50 unique items, a series of prints or editions, hand-made items from an emerging product line, or anything else that is artistically produced from the fires within your soul. Given the nature of distribution, pieces should adhere to maximum dimensions of 12" x 12" x 12". Artists must also be able to deliver (or arrange delivery) of artwork to the Arts & Science Council offices or similar location in central Charlotte AND attend at least 2 of the 3 scheduled pickup events. 

Click here for complete information on how to apply for the Fall 2014 Season. Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation that was shared with those who attended the Artist Info Session on May 6.

The application deadline for the Fall 2014 season has passed. Stay tuned for information about upcoming seasons.

If you have any questions, please contact John Horne at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Want to Buy a Share?

Shares for the Fall 2014 Season will be available for public sale at 10:00AM (EST) on Thursday, July 31st. Check back here for the onsale link to be activated.

When you sign up for a Community Supported Art share, you receive nine limited edition works of art from featured artists, plus admittance to three private pick-up events/art parties where you'll have the opportunity to mix and mingle with the artists and other shareholders while collecting your freshly created artwork. Hosted at local arts and/or culinary venues, these exclusive events feature the SURPRISE of opening your share, food, creative interactive activities and entertainment. Art is limited edition for CSA only—rare and unique—unavailable elsewhere. This is what makes it, like an agricultural CSA, fresh and local. Click here for additional FAQs about the program.

Fall 2014 Pick-up Event Dates:
Monday, September 29 - 5:30-7:30PM
Tuesday, October 21 - 5:30-7:30PM
Wednesday, November 12 - 5:30-7:30PM

A special thank you to our in-kind sponsor Birdsong Brewing Company

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