Now accepting applications for the 2014 season!

To apply for consideration in the CSA STL program, please submit the following materials via email to csart.stl@gmail.com by June 30, 2014.

Resume

Samples of your current work:

VISUAL ARTISTS: 5 images at 72 dpi jpegs, 900 pixels or less in the longest direction.

MUSICIANS: 3 MP3 audio files (images must also be included to illustrate format and packaging).

PERFORMING ARTS – VIDEO: Provide links to 3–5 video examples of your work hosted at an outside site.  For example, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

WRITERS: Please provide 3–5 writing samples in either PDF or Word doc format.

Proposal:

A proposal for the work that you would create for the project. Keep in mind that the work needs to be limited to the CSA (i.e. one of a kind objects, or limited edition runs of the work) and you will need to create 50 pieces. Why is this work a good fit for CSA STL?  (One page max.)

Artist's statement:

A brief artist's statement 

Guidelines:

  • Proposed work must be completed by September 1, 2014.
  • Please contact us if your work sample documentation does not fit the suggested formats.
  • Full stipend will be made payable after the completion of the work.
  • The stipend award is intended to assist with the production costs of the pieces.
  • Work should be easily transportable.
  • Works should be something made exclusively for the CSA share
  • Artists are encouraged to attend a meet-and-greet with participating and potential members in mid-July (place and time TBD).
  • For questions regarding the program or application process, contact csart.stl@gmail.com.

Selected artists will be notified by July 15, 2014.

 

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 Saint Louis (CSA STL) is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists, and collectors.  We are seeking artists of all disciplines to launch our inaugural CSA STL program.

Artists will be selected by a jury of art professionals.  Participating artists will receive a $1000 stipend, great connections to local collectors, and promotional support.

How CSA STL works

Selected artists will create 50 "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 50 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 three "farm boxes" of locally produced artwork at intervals this season.  The pick-up events will be co-hosted by local organizations, will feature music, food & entertainment, and will provide an opportunity for artists and members to interact.

Benefits of CSA STL include:

For Artists

  • Support for the creation of new work

  • Establish relationships with local collectors and patrons

  • Participate in the launch of an exciting new model of art support and distribution

For CSA STL Members

  • Receive multiple works from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value

  • Develop relationships with local artists and art community

  • Discover new artists and explore a variety of disciplines

  • Support local artists' careers and a vibrant community

CSA STL timeline 2014

Submissions due: June 30

Artists notified: mid-July

Meet-and-greet: mid-July

Work completed:  September 1

Pick-up #1: mid-September

Pick-up #2: mid-October

Pick-up #3: mid-November

This timeline is subject to change

 

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