Join us for a fifth season of the popular program that connects local artists and collectors. Haven't heard of CSA and want to find out how you can participate? Read on to learn about the program and how you can get involved as an artist or a shareholder.
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, mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts joined forces for a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. We are seeking Minnesota artists, of all disciplines, to continue perpetuating the CSA program.
How CSA works:
Artists are selected from a pool of applicants by a jury composed of luminaries from local food and art communities. Selected artists will receive a stipend of $1,000 to create 50 "shares" for the program by a set deadline. Shareholders purchase shares for $300 and will receive 1 box containing 3 works of art at 3 different pick up dates throughout the Spring/Summer season. The pick-up evenings will be a local art sites and will be events in themselves.
Benefits of the CSA program include:
Support for the creation of new work
Establish relationships with local collectors and patrons
Participate in an exciting new model of art support and distribution!
Receive multiple works from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value!
Develop relationships with the local artists and art community
Discover new artists and explore a variety of disciplines
Support local artist's careers and a vibrant community
Interested in participating in a CSA?
Interested Artists: How to apply and FAQs
Artists are encouraged to submit proposals based on artwork they are already creating, but with consideration for the format of 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 but not required. For example a limited edition of vinyl 7", a run of screen-prints, series of small tea cups, run of photographs, a limited access performance or event, letterpress editions of a poem or short story, or even 50 small original paintings. Partnerships between artists are also welcome.
A few things to keep in mind:
Applications for consideration in the Spring/Summer 2013 CSA program open on December 3, 2012. To apply, please submit the following materials via our application site a www.mnartists.org/submit/programs/csa-2013
Please read the guidelines thoroughly and prepare the following materials in advance of applying through the application site:
1) Samples of your current work
2) A brief artist's statement which includes a proposal for the work you would create for the project. Why is this work a good fit for the Community Supported Art program? (500 words max)
3) One page Artist's Resume. Please organize your accomplishments into sections (for example: education, employment/professional experience, exhibitions, awards, publications, miscellaneous) and save your resume as a pdf.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS EXTENDED TO JANUARY 20, 2013!
Selected artists will be notified by Mid-February, 2013
An informational session will be offered on how to apply to CSA and to provide tips on crafting your proposal.
CSA Information Session
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
East Lake Library
• Proposed work must be completed by June 1, 2013
• Please contact us if your work sample documentation does not fit the suggested formats.
• Full stipend and delivery arrangements will be available upon acceptance of contract.
• The stipend award is intended to assist with the production costs of the pieces.
• Work should be easily transportable (protected or individually packaged if fragile or composed of multiple components) and fit into a 18" x 12" x 12" box
For tips on what to submit, check out Scott's helpful link on facebook!
For questions about the program or application process contact mnartists.org Project Coordinator, Jehra Patrick, at email@example.com or 651-252-1137.
For questions on purchasing a share please contact Springboard for the Artist Resources Director, Andy Sturdevant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-292-4381.