Worth Stealing | April 24, 2014
Today’s Worth Stealing comes from something Springboard for the Arts stoled.
I have to admit a bias when it comes to Springboard for the Arts as my wife has been a part of that organization for nearly a decade and it has played and continues to play a large part in the lives of my family and myself. But I should probably in general admit a bias in that I’m generally only writing about things that matter to me and things I feel some connection with.
A few years ago Springboard, along with MN Artists Dot Org, decided to see if they could replicate the Community Supported Agriculture concept of letting people buy seasonal food shares directly from farmers but adapt it for artists and their audiences rather than farmers and their customers. I was lucky enough to be around and see the Community Supported Art program start and I’ve been able to watch go from being successful in the Twin Cities to being started in over 40 other cities across the United States. And I’ve had a bunch of opportunities to see patrons pick up their art shares in a few cities.
The connection both the Community Supported Art and Community Supported Agriculture programs create between creators and patrons is immediate and amazing. It’s the kind of connection I think a lot of people who do creative work are seeking. It also lays bare the economic relationship between makers and patrons. There’s nothing better than being able to actually see and meet the person who grows the food you eat or who makes the art that you look at or think about every day.
I wish I made things that people wanted to give me money for. If I did, I would absolutely try to create my own version of a CSA program. For me there’s two very worthy of stealing aspects of the Community Supported Art program. The idea of finding ways to connect directly with your audience and the idea that there may be models in other fields that provide excellent examples of how you could be sharing your work differently.