CSA PGH is an artist driven outreach model designed to connect with an audience through the production of quality, affordable local art. While Pittsburgh has a vibrant array of museum and non-profit opportunities, many would-be supporters don’t fully realize the depth and the quality of artists that make Pittsburgh their home. Share-buyers not only take an active role in supporting the vibrant and growing arts community economically but also “get to know” the local artists who created the works that comprise the CSA PGH share. CSA PGH is therefore a part of growing a healthy arts community that strengthens the ties between all of the arts community stakeholders.
We are not alone. CSAPGH is modeled on a Community Supported Art project created by Springboard for the Arts
and mnartists.org in Minneapolis, MN. CSA PGH is part of a larger national artist-driven trend to actively build the arts
communities that they deserve and desire.
Community Supported Art (CSA PGH) is a program that will build lasting relationships with artists and cultural consumers. Not unlike the boxes of fruit and vegetables that one might get from a local farm as an agricultural CSA, the CSA PGH will create “shares” of art to feed the public’s cultural appetite.
Six juried artists are commissioned to produce one edition-able work in a quantity of 50. Artists receive a $1000 stipend to cover the cost of materials, production and labor. Examples of creations might include photographs, small paintings or cast sculpture. These artworks will be packaged, collated, and packaged into individual shares. Each share will include one work from each of the artists, and 50 identical shares will be made available to the public for $350 a piece.
This simple program will bring numerous benefits to the city of Pittsburgh and the local arts community. Artists will get support for the creation of new work, as well as exposure and distribution. CSA members receive multiple works from local artists. This will aid in expanding or beginning a new art collection, thus becoming an integral part of the growing Pittsburgh Arts Community. All of this will promote the idea that Pittsburgh is a city that supports and sustains its artists.
The artist selection process for this initial CSA share will be the result of a hybrid juried nomination proposal process. In the future as the CSA PGH builds its visibility we hope to move toward an open jury process. Stay tuned.
Buy a share this Spring. Tell a friend or 3 friends. Come to an information session or promotional event.
We are always looking for interesting spaces to hold events and we always need tasty food and drink to keep
people happy at these events. If you can help with any of these concerns we’d love to hear from you!