As an aspiring art connoisseur — or, at least, I try to tell myself I’m one — I could barely contain my excitement when I read a recent article in the New York Times about CSAs. Now, you might be thinking, that’s strange, why would someone interested in contemporary art be particularly intrigued by CSAs?
Fondly referred to by the acronym CSA, community-supported agriculture programs have been cropping up all over the country. But recently, they’ve received a twist. In cities, such as Miami, Pittsburgh, Lincoln and Brooklyn (not a city, I know), community-supported art programs have been growing in popularity.
Operating in a similar fashion as their agricultural cohort, community-supported art programs require that people purchase a share to receive contemporary art. The money obtained from the shares is used to pay participating artists. Though shareholders don’t get to select who makes their work or what is made, typically there is some security, as artists often have to pass a jury to take part. So far, price shares have ranged from $50 to $450, depending on the location of the CSA. The market appears to be divided in age, but mainly derived of people who appreciate art but have no real knowledge of the industry.
Now, the only real major problem I see with all this is that, to my knowledge, there currently is no CSA for the D.C. area. C’mon, D.C., let’s jump on the bandwagon! For more details, check out the New York Times’ article here.