The Arts Partnership CSA
Fargo, North Dakota
While most art CSAs are geared towards the visual arts, this Fargo-based CSA
does things a little differently: Each of the 50 shares (priced at $400 each) includes performance, visual, and culinary arts components, presented during three festive shareholder evenings.
One of the program’s greatest success stories has been its ability to help performance artists create new work, said Dayna Del Val, president and CEO of The Arts Partnership. She added that even small stipends can give performance artists the seed money they need to embark on a new project.
A local semi-professional ballet company that participated in this CSA used its stipend to develop a new performance. “It premiered at our CSA, and then they took it to a national competition,” Del Val recalled. “They took this little $1,500 stipend and created something that put them on the map in a very different way.”
ASC Community Supported Art
Charlotte, North Carolina
For the past seven years, ASC Community Supported Art
has sold out its 50 shares (priced at $500 each) in under 48 hours—and its administrators make sure that participating artists are well equipped to develop relationships with eager new patrons.
“We distribute shareholder contact information to the artists for each season,” said Katherine Mooring, ASC’s senior vice president of community investment. “We encourage artists to begin developing individual relationships through email and social media channels, as well as through the one-on-one time they spend with shareholders at events.” Three springtime pickup events take place each year, and by the season’s end, shareholders will have received a total of nine artworks (one by each participating artist).
Artists continue to be supported even after a season has ended. ASC is currently working on a special exhibition at a Charlotte art gallery to showcase the work of all artists who have participated in the program, as well as creating networking events.
As evidenced by Mark Thompson’s experimental can-opening performance piece from the 2015 season, CSA PGH
has been open to a range of work since it first began in 2013. The program, founded by three artists and an art appreciator, has committed to supporting six or more artists per year. Participating artists have realized a variety of projects, including ceramic milk bottles,
sculptures, dip-dyed beach towels with printed poetry, and fabric garlands that spell out phrases sourced from Craigslist.
Casey Droege, an original co-founder and the current manager of the CSA, noted that several artists who participated in the program have shared feedback that it pushed them to try out new ideas and begin new series.