VIDEO: Community Supported Arts
Small scale farmers have long used the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) model to establish up front financing, new markets and develop a relationship with clients. Minnesota's artists are now following suit.
William Cook, a ceramic artist, is borrowing from the CSA model to develop his business and connect with consumers long term. Shareholders pay up front for a seasonal delivery of fine pottery, for which there are benefits to both producer and consumer. Also, MNartists.org and Springboard for the Arts are teaming up to bring this model to an even wider artistic spectrum.