The Morean Arts Center, in St. Petersburg, has found an innovative way to connect local artists with buyers and collectors. The center has implemented a model called Community Supported Art (CSA), which has been successful in other parts of the country.
“We were mulling over ways to present collectors with quality works of art at an affordable price, while supporting our local artists,” says Amanda Cooper, curator of exhibitions for the Morean Arts Center
. “I came across an article about the CSA project in a recent issue of American Craft Magazine and knew it was perfect for us and our community. Our local project is modeled on CSA in Minnesota, created by mnartists.org
and springboard for the arts
Cooper goes on to explain that the CSA model is used widely in farming. People will buy shares at a local farm and then collect their share of the harvest. With art it is the same concept.
“The CSA art model is similar to the farm model in that someone can purchase a share, which then entitles them to a farm box containing nine pieces of art from local artists, to be picked up in the spring,” Cooper says. “It’s a fantastic value. So instead of picking up a box of rutabaga and celery, you’ll get a box that may have a photo, a teacup, a small painting and a print, for example.”
The cost of buying a share of art is $350 plus tax starting Feb. 15; however, until then the center is offering early bird pricing of $300. There will be a pick-up event for shareholders on Saturday, May 12, from 5 p. m. to 8 p. m. Those interested in becoming a shareholder can contact the Morean Arts Center at 727-822-7872.
Writer: Kimberly Patterson
Source: Amanda Cooper, Morean Arts Center