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Community Supported Art is back! And we're coming to you in the U.S. mail!

Shares are sold out! For future opportunities, please subscribe to our mailing list.

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.

Springboard Staff

Artist Resources Director

About 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 is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. The Community Supported Art project was created by Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org in Minnesota in 2011. Since then, CSA has been replicated in dozens of cities in North America over the past ten years. In the past five years, we’ve been focused on working with programs all over the U.S. In 2020, in the context of a pandemic that keeps us home more than before and has many artists underemployed, we are once again seeking artists, crafters, designers, performers, musicians and Minnesotans working in all artistic disciplines, for another season of our own Community Supported Art (CSA) program with the themes of comfort, care and craft.

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. 

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

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.

Kathy Masterson is originally from central Minnesota. She is currently an artist and student living in Moorhead, Minnesota. Kathy is studying Ceramics and Art Education at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She uses earthenware clay to explore the relationship between formal design elements and emotion in her art. She focuses on creating colorful and detailed functional ceramics that are made to be enjoyed.

 

Arnée Martin is originally from Kusso Land/Charleston, SC. She is a Multidisciplinary Visual Artist and Arts Educator currently focused on Fiber Arts. You can find more of her work at http://www.arneemartin.art

 

Austin Nash is a Minneapolis-based designer and printmaker. Austin has participated as an intern at Highpoint Center for Printmaking and Hamilton Ink Spot and is currently a designer in Target’s Brand Design Lab. He is also a Jerome Fellow at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

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.

Calvin Stalvig was born in a bubble bath filled with toy boats and Barbies. His work is firmly rooted in craft, textiles, giving, gathering, home, and rituals of caring for and attending to. Concepts and themes woven throughout his practice, spaces, and handmade objects include physical and emotional labor, convergent identity, desire, familial memory, and poverty. He works to locate, disrupt, and exorcise shame and trauma associated with the violence of American Empire and offer pathways toward healing individual and collective pain and suffering. Calvin Stalvig is an artist, teacher and New Yorker who recently relocated to Minneapolis.
Caitlin Warner is a Minneapolis-based artist who often produces art works in multiple, and in ways that challenge traditional thinking on how artwork is created, displayed, and engaged with by the viewer. She holds a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work has been displayed locally, nationally, and internationally, and she has been honored to receive recognition in the form of grants and residencies from MSAB’s Artist Initiative Project, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Highpoint Center for Printmaking as a Jerome Resident, the Lanesboro Art Center, and SPARE in Chicago.

Drew Peterson’s prints and Liz Miller’s collages were among the art for members of this C.S.A., for community-supported art.