Inspired by a conference keynote by Laura Zabel from Springboard for the Arts in Minnesota, a friend and I have decided to launch our very own Community Supported Art program here in Valparaiso. Modeled on the popular Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, art CSAs are a way for communities to directly support local artists in the creation of new work. Just like a farm CSA, shareholders purchase a “share,” the cost of which goes directly to the participating artists. At the end of the “season,” shareholders receive a package containing a work of art from each of the CSA artists.
This model has been successfully launched in over 30 communities nationwide, and we are proud to be launching the first CSA in the state of Indiana.
We are looking for 8 artists to participate; proposals are already rolling in, and we are hoping to be able to select a roster of artists that includes multiple disciplines and emerging as well as established talent. There are so many artists who live and work in our community who have to go elsewhere to show and sell their work. Along with a couple of gallery initiatives planned for launch, our hope is that this program will go a long way in establishing more connections among artists and enthusiasts in our community.