Alexandria’s CSA for Art Makes Collecting More Accessible to the Masses

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For Immediate Release: September 11, 2017

Annual Program offers six works of original art for $250

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts has launched its second annual Community Supported Art (CSA) initiative. Built upon the traditional Community Supported Agriculture model that connects local farmers with consumers, this CSA is designed to build relationship between artists and communities. 

Community Supported Art programs are cropping up across the U.S. They’re an entry point for people to become art patrons at an affordable price. It also introduces seasoned collectors to local emerging and mid-career artists. Most importantly, it provides income and a growing audience for working artists in our community. 

The Alexandria CSA operates on an annual basis. Each box, or share, includes six original works of locally produced artwork. Only 50 shares are made available each year at $250 each, about $42 per work of art. Shares can be purchased online via alexandriava.gov/Arts

Boxes are distributed during the Pick-up party on Wednesday, September 27, at the Durant Center, located at 1605 Cameron Street in Alexandria, Va. CSA members can get to know the participating artists, meet their fellow shareholders, and sign up for the 2018 CSA. 

This year’s box includes original work by: 

The first Community Supported Art program was created in 2010 by Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org in Minnesota. The program continues to grow in popularity and shares regularly sell out. 

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Sandra.Depew@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.5566, Virginia Relay 711.

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