ST. PAUL (May 14, 2014) — Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org celebrate the launch of the 5th year of Community Supported Art (CSA) in the Twin Cities with a new crop of nine excellent artists selected from previous seasons.
Shares go on sale at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 for $350 at Springboard for the Arts, 308 Prince Street, Suite 270, St. Paul, MN 55101. There will be a pickup party for shareholders and community members at Bedlam Lowertown on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.
Over the course of the summer, there were also be opportunities for shareholders to attend studio visits hosted by the artists to see the works in progress — including a special day trip down to Pilot Mound, Minnesota to visit Karl Unnasch’s “unabashed utopian vision” of a studio and artist haven.
Initially launched in the summer of 2010, Community Supported Art connects artists to a community of engaged local arts supporters. Inspired by the Community Supported Agriculture model of investing in local food, Community Supported Art commissions nine different artists (or collaborations) to create an edition of 50 pieces of art, which are then sold to 50 shareholders. Pickup events are an opportunity for the artists and buyers to connect, and to celebrate local art.
Over the past five years, CSA in the Twin Cities has featured the work of 59 artists and sold shares to over 300 buyers. Additionally, Springboard for the Arts created a toolkit to help CSA to be adapted and replicated in other communities. The toolkit has been used in over 45 communities across the US and abroad. In 2013, the New York Times featured CSA for “helping emerging artists and attracting people who are interested in art but feel they have neither the means nor the connections to collect it.”
This anniversary season of CSA contains the work of nine artists previously featured and well-loved by shareholders. The artists are: painter Jennifer Davis (Season 1), painter Alex Kuno (Season 2), fabric artist Nou Ka Yang (Season 3), sculptor Aaron Dysart (Season 2), a collaboration between writer John Jodzio and painter Laura Andrews (Season 2), printmaker Amy Rice (Season 1), multimedia artist Kao Lee Thao (Season 2), ceramicist Ginny Sims (Season 5) and sculptor Karl Unnasch (Season 1).
Springboard for the Arts is an economic and community development organization based in St. Paul and Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Springboard for the Arts’ mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life. Our work is about building stronger communities, neighborhoods, and economies, and supporting artists as a vital part in that work.
Springboard programs include Artists Access to Healthcare, Professional Development, an Artist Resource Center, Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts, Irrigate Creative placemaking, and Creative Exchange, a new storytelling and resource sharing platform created in collaboration with the Knight Foundation and Urban Innovation Exchange. For more information, visit our website at springboardforthearts.org.
A program of the Walker Art Center, mnartists.org is dedicated to improving the quality of art, artists and art-centered dialogue from the Midwest into a relevant national conversation, though a dynamic online community, responsive arts writing and criticism, and creating access to, and connections with, collaborators, influencers and the public. mnartists.org is made possible by generous support by the McKnight Foundation.
For information call 651-789-6289 or email [email protected] and visit mnartists.org.