Community Supported Art (CSA PGH) focuses on building lasting relationships between art patrons and producers. Subscribers to the program receive boxes of original artwork by Pittsburgh sculptors, photographers, and other artists. The program selects a group of artists, each of whom contribute one piece of art in a quantity equal to the number of subscriptions. Subscribers purchase their boxes sight unseen, creating an exciting “kid at Christmas” feeling when the boxes actually arrive. Past boxes have included a hand-lathed, triangular record; photographs of Pittsburgh; and a framed piece of one of Andy Warhol’s shirts.
“CSA PGH whets Pittsburgh’s cultural appetite with great work by local artists. Based on the agricultural CSA model, our program connects shareholders with contemporary artists who are paid to create fantastic editions. It’s a win-win for everyone.” – Casey Droege, Organizer-in-Chief
CSA PGH is one of the many projects seeking to enhance the arts community in Pittsburgh by connecting cultural consumers with local artists, expanding the reach of local artists, and creating more demand for Pittsburgh creatives. Unique among such projects however, CSA PGH focuses more than others on fostering the idea that Pittsburgh is a city that supports and sustains its artists. The subscription-based model also provides enthusiastic Pittsburghers the opportunity to start or build their own art collections even if they don’t have the resources for more traditional means of collecting. To keep up with CSA PGH, or to purchase a share yourself, visit their website.
Community Supported Art (CSA PGH), a project of Fractured Atlas, builds lasting relationships between local art patrons and producers through subscription-based art-sharing based on the idea of Community Supported Agriculture programs around the country that connect people directly to the farmers who grow their food. With CSA PGH, instead of receiving a box of produce, members receive boxes of artwork by juried Pittsburgh sculptors, photographers, painters and more, giving them an opportunity to build their own art collections even if they don’t have the resources for more traditional means of collecting.