About the Project:
Like a Community Supported Agriculture program, our CSA program supports a direct maker-to-buyer relationship between artists and collectors working and living in the Philadelphia region.
Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Grizzly Grizzly's Community Supported Art is a endeavor to support local art, artists, and collectors. Since its inception by Springboard for the Arts in Minneapolis, MN (2010) this model has gained a lot of notoriety and has been replicated throughout the country. In 2012, Grizzly Grizzly partnered with Tiger Strikes Asteroid to launch one of the first Art CSAs in Philadelphia.
Still working with the core group of organizers, our on-going goal is to cultivate an open, authentic, and deep connection between artists and collectors.
Grizzly Grizzly will commission six artists to make 50 "shares" for this program, ranging in media. In many cases, each work will be unique -- even multiples might be individualized. The commissioned artists will be nominated by Philadelphia curators and collectives and selected for their vision and conceptual diversity. Interested consumers/collectors will purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return will receive 3 "farm boxes" of locally produced artwork at intervals through 2017 season. This model allows artists to be supported throughout the production of their editions and be connected to collectors in advance.
The 2012 Community Supported Art project website is accessible through this link.