Salem Community Supported Arts&Culture announces the inaugural season of community supported art starting in the Spring of 2019.
What is Community Supported Art? 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 that same “buy local” spirit in mind, Salem CSA is pleased to bring a new type of CSA to our community, to support local art, artists, and collectors. This local project is modeled on Community Supported Art in Minnesota, created by mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts.
Salem CSA will announce a call for artist and selected artists will receive a commission to create “shares” for the CSA program. Interested art supporters and collectors will purchase a share from Salem Community Supported Arts&Culture and in return receive a collection of locally produced artwork at a pickup event. Featured works could include items such as: a limited run of screen-prints, a collection of photographs, tickets to an upcoming performance or event, letterpress editions of a poem, a short story or a zine, a special run vinyl record or mix tape, or small original paintings. Each share will include one piece from each of the CSA featured artists and may also include “bumper crop” of additional artwork and arts opportunities. The pick-up events will be at local venues and will give supporters the opportunity to connect with the artists.
The goals of the Salem CSA program are to support artists and to create an engaged community of local arts supporters. Salem CSA supports artists in the creation of new work, to establish relationships with local collectors and patrons, and to participate in the launch of an exciting new model of art support and distribution. Share member benefits include multiple quality works of art from local artists at a fantastic value! Additionally, members have the opportunity to develop relationships with the local artists and art community, discover new artists, explore a variety of disciplines, and support artists’ careers and a vibrant community.