Fresh Arts is pleased to announce Houston's first Community Supported Art (CSA) Program. The decision to create a CSA program was born out of a continuous pursuit to create new and greater opportunities for Houston's independent artists to generate income, while creating more opportunities for collectors to invest in the art community and build meaningful relationships with local artists.
(Houston, TX) -Fresh Arts is pleased to announce Houston's first Community Supported Art (CSA) Program. The decision to create a CSA program was born out of a continuous pursuit to create new and greater opportunities for Houston's independent artists to generate income, while creating more opportunities for collectors to invest in the art community and build meaningful relationships with local artists.
The CSA program, originally modeled after the Community Supported Agriculture movement and conceived by Springboard for the Arts in Minnesota, is a pipeline between the consumer and local artists. In the spirit of buying and supporting homegrown items, the Community Supported Art program seeks to cultivate a culture of local support for original work by artists in the area, establish relationships between local collectors and patrons, and create a model for distribution to novice art collectors.
How does it work? Nine local artists, who have been selected by a jury of local art luminaries, receive a commission to create 50 "shares". The shares consist of works of art or objects of artistic production. Interested collectors will purchase a share and in return receive 3 farm boxes of locally produced artwork during 3 intervals in the season. The program model has been featured in the New York Times ('Buy Local' Gets Creative) and is being launched around the country as a unique way to engage and cultivate novice art collectors. A call for submissions was launched in the fall of 2013, from which 9 local artists were selected for inclusion in the inaugural CSA season. "Shares" of season 1 are now on sale to the public through the Fresh Arts website here. The artists included in the first round of CSA are Sandy Ewen, Jorge Galván Flores, Lindsay Kayser and Anthony Barilla, John Pluecker, Sam Sartorius, Krista Steinke, Patrick Turk, David Waddell, Sarah Welch and James Beard.
What are the benefits? Artists receive support for the creation of new and original work and are afforded the opportunity to establish a relationship with interested collectors and patrons-- participating in an exciting and innovative new model for art distribution. Those who purchase shares are afforded the opportunity to discover new artists and gain exposure to a variety of disciplines, while receiving multiple pieces of new original work from local artists at a fantastic value and playing a role in cultivating a vibrant art community. CSA shares will be available for purchase beginning Monday, January 27, 2014. For more information, please visit http://www.spacetaker.org/blog/fresh-arts-bring-new-kind-csa-houston.
**These photos were submitted as images of example work and are not guaranteed to be included in the actual CSA
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