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-direct, buy-local spirit in mind, mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts created a similar endeavor to support local art, artists, and collectors.
Community Supported Art is an exciting new model of art support and distribution that supports artists in the creation of new work and establishes relationships with local collectors and patrons. Selected artists receive a commission to create “shares” for the program. Interested collectors will purchase a share and, in return, receive boxes or portfolios of locally produced artwork at intervals during the season. Read more about CSA in the New York Times.
This toolkit is available for free from Springboard for the Arts, with an option for phone/Skype consultations starting at $45.
Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org organized the first Community Supported Arts program in the Twin Cities in 2010.
More than 50 communities in the US (and a few worldwide) have started their own CSA program with the toolkit. See map of all the CSAs across the nation.
The toolkit offers template budgets, communications and timelines for your own CSA