March 12, 2013 – HandMade in America is launching a business incubator program based on the popular community-supported agriculture model, called Community Supported Art.
Over the last 20 years, community-supported agriculture has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With that buy-local spirit in mind, Community Supported Art is a similar endeavor to support regional craft artists and collectors.
Interested consumers and collectors will be able to purchase a share in the CSA and will receive boxes of locally crafted art in exchange. Participating craft artists will receive a stipend and support for the creation of new work, receive learning opportunities for scaling up production, and gain exposure for their craft business.
HandMade currently seeks craft artists to launch its inaugural CSA program. The program is modeled after the Community Supported Art project created by Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org in Minnesota, where it continues successfully season after season.
To apply for the CSA program, artists must be HandMade in America members at the Professional Artist level or above.