Community Supported Art (CSA) Program
Over 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 eat-local spirit in mind, ASC is excited to announce our inaugural Community Supported Art (CSA) Program.
The CSA program is an exciting new 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 in the Spring of 2014. Shares will be 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 Buy a Share?
Shares for our Spring 2014 Season will be available for purchase at a cost of $500.00 each. When you sign up for a Community Supported Art share, you receive nine limited edition works of art from our 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.
Spring 2014 Pick-up Event Dates:
Thursday, March 27 - 6:00-8:00PM
Saturday, April 26 - 2:00-4:00PM
Wednesday, May 14 - 5:30-7:30PM
*Please note: Times are tentative and may shift slightly.
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.
Shares for the Spring 2014 Season are NOW ONSALE! Click here to purchase.
Want to Participate as an Artist?
The Community Supported Art Program is open to individual artists in all disciplines working primarily in the Charlotte Region including Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Rutherford, Union, or York (SC) counties. The 50 pieces that are produced for the CSA may be 50 unique items, a series of prints or editions, media of an original performance or work, hand-made items from an established or 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 to review complete eligibility and submission guidelines. The application cycle for the Spring 2014 program is now closed. Stay tuned for future offerings.