We received some incredible photo submissions from our note in last week’s newsletter (find them below) so we decided to share a bit more on the background of the program.
It all started when former board member Erin Koffler first brought the idea of Community Supported Art to a meeting of the board.
We connected with the CSA’s developer – Springboard for the Arts in Minneapolis/St Paul – to learn more about it and eventually purchased the template from them. We went about selecting artists, getting the community excited and securing enthusiastic shareholders.
But two seasons later, it was clear we needed to adapt CSA to better fit the mission of The Arts Partnership. We wanted to not only provide visual art but also feature the performing and culinary arts to our growing body of shareholders as well. And that’s when CSA really began to click for TAP and for the Fargo-Moorhead Metro.
To date, more than 65 artists have participated in the first 9 seasons, with an entirely new lineup coming in 2021 to add to the list.
“I was excited to share a little piece of my family’s history,” says artist Emily Brooks. “The picture that I photo transferred was my family’s barn and the barn had to be torn down a couple years ago. To have it immortalized in these pieces that will be throughout Fargo meant a lot to me. So it was a very personal piece.”
“We went into it not really knowing what to expect, but it’s been a date night that we look forward to three times a year now,” says Melissa. “it really celebrates and gets you engaged with three different types of art. For us, the cost more than justified it because if we were to go out to dinner, go to a concert and purchase a piece of art we would be spending more than what the CSA comes to.”
“Plus you get a very different perspective because the artist always talks with you,” she says, “you learn their story and what they were experiencing when they made it and that makes it so multidimensional.”