CSA Call for Artists

What is a CSA?
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, Community Supported Art is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. We are seeking artists, of all disciplines, to participate in 40 North's third annual Community Supported ART (CSA) program.

Our local CSA program is modeled on Community Supported Art project created by Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org in Minnesota.

Artists will be selected from a jury to receive a stipend of $500 to create 25 limited edition, unique-to-CSA art work that is unavailable anywhere else. As well as make great connections to local collectors and receive promotional support from the program.

How CSA works
Selected artists will create 25 “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 your practice into this format or connect to themes like sustainability, farm, or food are also welcome. For example a limited edition of vinyl 7”, a run of screen-prints, series of small tea cups, run of photographs, tickets to an upcoming performance or event, letterpress editions of a poem or short story, or even 25 small original paintings. Collaborations between artists or work by collectives are also welcome. 

Interested consumers/collectors will purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a “crop” of locally produced artwork in the early Spring. The pick-up events are to be determined.

Benefits of the CSA program include:

For Artists

  • Support for the creation of new work 
  • Establish relationships with local collectors and patrons 
  • Participate in an exciting new model of art support and distribution! 

For CSA Members

  • Receive multiple works from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value! 
  • Develop relationships with the local artists and art community 
  • Discover new artists and explore a variety of disciplines 
  • Support local artist’s careers and a vibrant community

For questions, please email Kelly at kwhite@40north.org