Community Supported Art is back! And we're coming to you in the U.S. mail!
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This winter, Springboard for the Arts will be offering its first Community Supported Art (CSA) project in five years. With a new mail-based subscription format, CSA will bring artwork, prints and DIY projects directly into the homes of shareholders this winter through the United States Postal Service.
Nine artists will create or produce 50 pieces of artwork for each "share" in the program. This year, fifty shareholders will receive nine pieces of artwork from nine artists, shipped via the United States Postal Service. Shareholders will receive packages three times this winter beginning in January, with a special small welcoming artwork in December. Each shipment will come in a custom-designed package, created specifically for the artwork. Shares are $250 each. (Including shipping!)
You can buy one for yourself, or buy one as a gift that will be shipped directly to the recipient.
About this year's shares
Each share will have one of each type of artwork:
COMFORT | Gifts
Items that can be mailed, shipped, gifted or reused by the recipient to friends, family or neighbors. These items can be sent via USPS, left in public spaces, wheat-pasted to a wall or otherwise shipped to someone. It might be personalizable, or it might not be.
CARE | Projects
Beautifully designed, interactive artist-designed kits, lesson plans, group projects, blueprints, step-by-step guides, DIY activities, instructional booklets or activities that can be independently completed or replicated at home or outdoors.
CRAFT | Artworks
Functional items or artworks that can be hung, framed, set on a table, used at home or work, or otherwise enjoyed by the shareholder.
Elizabeth Belz is a blacksmith, educator and the owner of Black Widow Forge, from Grand Marais, MN. Belz spent two years in Memphis as a blacksmithing apprentice at the Metal museum where she focused on creating sculptural metal objects involving an insect theme. In 2016 Belz was a craft education intern at North House Folk School where she assisted the school in re-establishing their blacksmith shop; she also has been the recipient of numerous grants, which have allowed her to develop work and curriculum both in the US and abroad. Through her travels, Belz has served as both blacksmithing instructor and competitor in internationally recognized forging competitions. Her work can be found in collections all over the country, including the City of Eagan (MN) and City of Memphis’ (TN) “Moveable Collection,” as well as online at elizabethbelz.com.
Josephine Everett (she/her/hers) received a BA in Theatre Arts and Dance in 2018 from the University of Minnesota. Before the pandemic, she worked primarily as a costume designer, puppet artist, and props artisan. She has worked with various theatre companies around the Twin Cities such as Ten Thousand Things, Yellow Tree Theatre, Jungle Theatre, Lyric Arts, and more. In 2019 Josie received the USITT International Travel Grant to go to the Czech Republic and study the traditional art form of carving Czech marionettes. Her love of carving and tactile arts lead her to relief printmaking. Today, Josie makes original handmade linocut art prints that she sells in her shop, RosieJosieStudio.
Blanca Dahlin (Blanx) is an Autistic, Trans, Two Spirit artist working and living in Minneapolis. Originally from Mexico, they've grown up in all parts of Minneapolis and Minnesota, and have a great love for the Midwest and all the good and bad it brings. Blanx can usually be found making beadwork or working on any other artistic stuff they got going on at the time or enjoying a good cuddle with one of their 4 cats. Customs are always welcome, just drop a line.
Jessica Lopez Lyman, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary performance artist and Xicana feminist scholar whose work centers Black, Indigenous and People of Colors’ radical imaginations to build alternative spaces to heal and cultivate new worlds. She researches Midwestern Chicana/ox and Latina/o/x experiences, social movements, and arts engagement. She is a co-host of Latina Theory Podcast and creator of La Luchadora, a mobile screen-printing cart. Lopez Lyman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.