Now accepting applications for the 2014 season!
To apply for consideration in the CSA STL program, please submit the following materials via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2014.
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.
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.)
A brief artist's statement
- 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 email@example.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.
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:
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
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.