Last week with the help of our CSA artists, we installed examples of the work they are creating for Community Supported Arts Program at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative. We wanted to share a few images from the installation, but you should stop by to see the work in person.
The Bridge participates in national “Buy Local Art” movement as described by the New York Times.
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative is pleased to announce the inaugural season of its Community Supported Art (CSA) program. 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-local spirit in mind, we are bringing The Bridge CSA to our community, to support local art, artists, and collectors.
We have selected 4 artists who will each produce custom pieces of art for the 50 shareholders who participate in the 2013 season. Aaron Fein, Bernard Hankins, Salena Hitzeman, and Terri Long are the artists creating pieces for this year’s CSA.
Interested consumers/collectors can purchase a “share” from The Bridge and in return will receive 4 pieces of art, an invitation to a “meet the artists” event, and a special arts kit produced by the Bridge. Member shares cost $200 for the season and can be purchased by contacting The Bridge via phone or email.
In his recent New York Times article called “Buy Local” Gets Creative, author Randy Kennedy described the CSA movement as “a deeper-than-commerce connection between people who make things and people who buy them.” He continues, “The C.S.A.’s have flourished in larger cities as a kind of organic alternative to the dominance of the commercial gallery system and in smaller places as a way to make up for the dearth of galleries, as a means of helping emerging artists and attracting people who are interested in art but feel they have neither the means nor the connections to collect it.” The goals of the CSA program are to support artists and to create an engaged community of local arts supporters.
Shares are selling fast – take advantage of this unique opportunity to interact with the arts!
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-local spirit in mind, we are pleased to bring The Bridge CSA to our community in Central Virginia as an opportunity to connect local artists and art supporters.
The program is quite simple. An open call is made to artists throughout the area to propose an edition of 50 works of art. From a mass of submissions, The Bridge PAI selects 4 artists to participate in the initial CSA. Once selected, the artists will receive a stipend to cover the production of the work and either time. They will also be provided with opportunities to present their work to the community through talks and online marketing.
Starting in Mid-September, local arts supporters and enthusiasts can then purchase a “share” from The Bridge PAI for the sum of $200. For that price, shareholders will receive 4 pieces of art, an invitation to a “meet the artists” event, and a special arts kit produced by the Bridge.
There will be only 50 shares in 2013, the initial year, so quantities are limited.
You can be among the first to take advantage of this unique opportunity to interact with and support the arts!
The Bridge CSA is greatly influenced and supported by the efforts of Springboard for the Arts, an arts organization based in Minneapolis, MN. We appreciate their guidance and experience.