Beckley Art Center Announces First Annual Community Supported Art Program

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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 launch our inaugural Community Supported Art (CSA) program.

Our local CSA program is modeled on the Community Supported Art project created by Springboard for the Arts .

Artists will be selected by a jury of local food and art luminaries to receive a stipend of $1,000, great connections to local collectors and promotional support.

How CSA works

Selected artists will create 50 "shares" for the program. A typical share will consist of a work of art/object of artists 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 artist or work by collectives are also welcome.

Interested consumers/collectors will purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive 3 "farm boxes" of locally produced artwork at intervals this season. The pick-up evenings will be at local art sites and will feature music, food and entertainment.

Benefits of the CSA program 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 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 artists' careers and a vibrant community

CSA Application

To apply for consideration in the CSA program please submit the following materials via email to beckleyartgroup@gmail.com with the words "CSA" in the Subject Field by May 13, 2016.

  • Resume
  • Samples of your current work:

VISUAL ARTISTS Please provide 8 images at 72 dpi jpgs, 900 pixels or less in the longest direction.
MUSICIANS Please provide 3 MP3 audio files (images must also be included to illustrate format and packaging)
PERFORMING ARTS Please 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.

  • Artist’s Statement
    A brief artist’s statement and proposal for the work you would create for the project. Why is this work a good fit for the Community Supported Art program? (One page max.)

Selected artists will be notified by June 10, 2016.

Guidelines

  • Proposed work must be completed by August 12, 2016.
  • Please contact us if your work sample does not fit the suggested formats.
  • Full stipend and delivery arrangements will be available upon acceptance of contract.
  • The stipend award is intended to assist with the production costs of the pieces.
  • Work should be easily transportable and fit into an 18" x 12" x 12" box.

For questions regarding the program or application process contact Joanie Newman at 304-253-9226.