Community Supported Art
You may have heard a thing or two about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). It’s a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food right from their local farms. Well ASC has put a spin on CSA and you don’t want to miss out. Visual and craft artists from the Charlotte region are seasonally invited to participate in ASC’s Community Supported Art (CSA) program, an exciting model of art support and distribution that establishes lasting relationships between collectors and patrons.
How does it work? Nine carefully selected artists receive a commission of $2,000 to create 50 works of art. This work is then sold in the form of 50 “shares” to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. A “share” will consist of one piece from each of the nine artists and will be delivered in 3 monthly allocations. These are exclusive events for shareholders only that enable artists and their patrons to meet and connect.
ASC’s Community Supported Art Program is an adaptation of the successful Community Supported Art program in Minneapolis/St. Paul which was created by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts. ASC’s model is supported in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Birdsong Brewing Company is the in-kind beer sponsor for the CSA program.
How to Participate
Member shares of the 2020 Community Supported Art program will go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 on this page. Shares are $500 (plus a $20 processing fee) and only 50 shares are available.
Nine local artists have been commissioned to create limited edition artwork specifically for the program. Their work will be boxed and distributed as shares to CSA shareholders at pick-up events in Spring 2020. 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 having the opportunity to learn about the processes and creative practices of the selected artists, shareholders can meet and mingle with other arts patrons, explore a variety of creative disciplines and support artists in the evolution of their careers.
Our 2020 CSA artists are: Nancy Albert (photography), Nico Amortegui (ceramics), Eliana Arenas (jewelry), Cat Babbie (fiber arts), Eva Crawford (watercolor painting), Will Jenkins (photography zines), Mert Jones (cyanotypes), Doris Kapner (ceramic handkerchiefs) and Varsha Pradhan (mixed media painting).