Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit, Community Supported Art programs are a similar endeavor to support local art and artists.
CSA Jackson Hole is modeled on the Community Supported Art project created by Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org in Minnesota.
Artists for the inaugural season will be selected by a jury of local art luminaries to receive a stipend of $1,000, great connections to local collectors and promotional support.
Selected artists will create 40 “shares” for the program. A typical share will consist of a work of art/object of artistic production – multiples are encouraged, however creative ideas that translate the artist’s practice into this format are also welcome. For example a run of screen-prints, a series of small tea cups, a run of photographs, tickets to a limited-viewing performance or event, letterpress editions of a poem or short story, or even 40 small original paintings. Collaborations between artists or work by collectives are also welcome.
Interested collectors will purchase a share and in return receive three “farm boxes” of locally produced artwork at intervals during the summer of 2014. The pick-up evenings will be at local art sites and will feature music, food, and the chance to meet that evenings featured artists.