Community Supported Art Project! At the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH
TO BUY A SHARE, CALL (603)924-2787.
What is a CSA?
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, Community Supported Art is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. We are seeking artists, of all disciplines, to launch our inaugural Community Supported ART (CSArt) program. Our local CSArt program is modeled on a similar project created by Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org in Minnesota. This is a new and highly successful grassroots arts effort taking shape across the nation, helping to promote artists along with the beauty and necessity of the arts within a regional framework. Nine artists will be selected from a jury of local food and art luminaries (TBA) and will receive a stipend of $1,250, great connections to local collectors and significant promotional support. The visibility generated from the project alone is anticipated to be enormously beneficial to any artist along any stage in his/her career.
How CSArt works:
Selected artists will create 50 “shares” for the program*. A typical share will consist of a work of art/object of artistic production – multiples are encouraged, however creative ideas that translate your practice into this format or connect to themes like sustainability, farm, or food are also welcome (for example a limited edition of screen-prints, series of small tea cups, a run of photographs, a pairing
of glass objects, letterpress editions of an artist book, or even 50 small original paintings). Collaborations between artists or work by collectives are also welcome. The artwork will be limited editions for CSArt only—i.e. rare and unique, unavailable elsewhere. CSArt pieces should be created for the program in limited editions. This is what makes it, like an agricultural CSA, fresh and local. The advantages to participating in CSArt are not just the stipend and the monetary compensation – it also guarantees the shares get into the hands of 50 patrons who might want to form relationships with the artists and may wish to buy more work from them.
Interested consumers/collectors will purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive 3 “farm boxes” of unique, locally-produced artwork at intervals this Summer season: JUNE, JULY and AUGUST.
We anticipate selling out quickly, with a $330 per share cost to the public.