Why This Matters: ASC’s Community Supported Art program connects artists to patrons that care about supporting artists in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.
When ASC 2019 Community Supported Art (CSA) program shares go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 at ArtsAndScience.org, you’ll want to be at your computer.
Only 50 shares are available and last year’s CSA season sold out in record time.
Nine local artists have been commissioned to create limited edition artwork specifically for the program. Their work will be creatively boxed and distributed as shares to CSA shareholders at pick-up events in spring 2019. Shareholders will get three artworks at each event and will have one artwork by each artist by the end of the season.
In addition to the opportunity to learn about the processes and creative practices of the selected artists, CSA shareholders can meet and mingle with other arts supporters, explore a variety of creative disciplines and support talented local artists in the evolution of their careers. A program share is $500.
The 2019 CSA program artists, selected by a jury of local arts professionals, are:
ASC launched the CSA program in 2013. It is a spin on the Community Supported Agriculture movement where consumers buy seasonal food right from their local farms. Visual and craft artists from the Charlotte region are seasonally invited to participate in ASC’s program.
Sixty-two artists have been commissioned since the program’s inception. The shareholder pick-up events allow artists and patrons to meet, connect and establish lasting relationships.
“Fostering the dialogue between the art purchasers and the people who make the art is a brilliant idea,” said photographer Nancy Albert, who participated in the 2016 CSA season. “It helps the artist understand how people respond to her or his art and it helps the purchasers understand what the artist is doing with her or his art. It allows for a more personal relationship that’s not as transactional.”
The program is based on a model developed by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts in Minnesota.