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Supporting Midwestern makers and their projects

We run creative projects. Our flagship project is Market Day, a pop-up craft market. We also run Community Supported Art Des Moines, and other projects. 

Apply to Community Supported ART! (CSA)

What is a CSA?

Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Community Supported Art is a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. We are seeking artists, of all disciplines, to a launch our inaugural Community Supported ART (CSA) program.

Our local CSA program is modeled on the Community Supported Art project created by Springboard for the Arts and in Minnesota.

Artists will be selected from a jury of local luminaries to receive a stipend of $1,000, great connections to local collectors, and promotional support.

How CSA works:

Selected artists will create 50 “shares” for the program. A typical share will consist of a work of art/object of artistic production -- multiples are encouraged, however creative ideas that translate your practice into this format or connect to themes like sustainability, farm, or food are also welcome. For example a limited edition of vinyl 7”, a run of screen-prints, series of small tea cups, run of photographs, tickets to an upcoming performance or event, letterpress editions of a poem or short story, or even 50 small original paintings. Collaborations between artists or work by collectives are also welcome.

Interested consumers/collectors will purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive 3 “farm boxes” of locally produced artwork at intervals this season. The pick-up evenings will be at local art sites and will feature music, food and entertainment.

Benefits of the CSA program include:

For Artists
* Support for the creation of new work
* Establish relationships with local collectors and patrons
* Participate in the launch of an exciting new model of art support and distribution!

For CSA Members:
* Receive multiple works from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value!
* Develop relationships with the local artists and art community
* Discover new artists and explore a variety of disciplines
* Support local artist’s careers and a vibrant community

Rules, questions, and guidance

CSA DSM is open to Iowa artists. Artists are encouraged to submit proposals based on artwork they are already creating, but with consideration for the format of the program. Work should be fresh (made within the last 12 months) and exclusive to the CSA.

All formats will be considered: huge sculptures, tiny screenprints, noncorporeal love songs. Ideal work is moving and easy to move: 12x12x18 or smaller.

We mocked up a sample application to give you an idea of what we're looking for. Once you've submitted your application, Cat will be in touch if she has questions or needs more information about your proposal.

Contact Cat with ANY questions and even for help in solidifying an idea.

To apply for consideration in the CSA program please submit the following materials by November 1, 2013.

This is the crux of your application.

In what manner will you create and deliver your work to each of the 50 shareholders? What is the approximate size of the product? What theme will you explore? Will it relate to or look like anything you currently make? Be extremely specific.

We are open to novel and engaging ideas.
Name: *
Phone: *
Address *
A brief statement or biography that tells the story of your CV/résumé.
Provide an address for a website where we can view, read, or listen to FIVE EXAMPLES of your work. This should not be a general link to your site. This should be a collection of five pieces. If you need a place to deposit images, we like Flickr and Tumblr -- both free. Note: if you're pasting in an address, double-check that the field contains just one 'http://' before you hit Submit.
Paste a CV or résumé that includes your relevant artistic works of the past 10 years. Alternately, you may skip this question and provide a URL to the same in the following question.
A website address at which we can read your CV. Note: if you're pasting in an address, double-check that the field contains just one 'http://' before you hit Submit.

Proposed work must be completed by April 1, 2014. Please contact us if your work sample documentation does not fit the suggested formats. Full stipend and delivery arrangements will be available upon acceptance of contract. The stipend award is intended to assist with the production costs of the pieces. Ideally, work is easily transportable and fits into a 18” x 12” x 12” box. For questions regarding the program or application process contact Cat Rocketship: