Community-Supported Art: The New Way to Buy Local (New York Times)

Community-Supported Art (Illustration credit: Abby McBride)You’ve probably heard of (or maybe even taken part in) community-supported agriculture—for a fixed price, CSA participants receive a weekly or monthly “farm share” containing a variety of fresh produce, all while helping to encourage and sustain local farming. But did you know that the same system has been extended to art? Rather than going out to buy a cheap print of a Van Gogh or Monet, buying into contemporary art shares will provide a bag full of artwork fresh out of local studios, supporting the artists and encouraging knowledge of contemporary art. The program started in Minnesota and variations on this new wave of local buying are popping up in cities across the country. Learn more from the New York Times.

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