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 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 each receive a commission to create 50 works of art for the program. Work from the nine selected artists are then sold in the form of 50 “shares” to local art collectors and patrons. A “share” consists of one piece from each of the nine artists, and 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.
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, Lincoln, 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. NOTE: Previous Community Supported Art participants must wait two years before reapplying for the program.
Click here for complete application guidelines.
The application period for the Spring 2015 season has closed. We will post new information as the next season approaches.
Want to Buy a Share?
Shares for Spring 2015 CSA are sold out. Thank you for your interest. Stay tuned for more information on the next CSA season.
When you sign up for a Community Supported Art share, you receive nine limited edition works of art from featured artists, plus admittance (with a guest!) 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.
Spring 2015 Pick-up Event Dates:
March 25, 2015 - Discovery Place, Education Studio
April 22, 2015 - Wing Haven
May 18, 2015 - Clayworks
A special thank you to our in-kind sponsor, Birdsong Brewing Company!