Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org are pleased to announce the featured artists for the third season of Community Supported Art (CSA) and will begin selling member shares to this innovative program at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2011.

What is Community Supported Art? 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, mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts are joining forces once again for a similar endeavor to support local art, artists and collectors. Last week the project assembled a panel of local food and culture tastemakers including artist Amy Rice, photographer Becca Dilley (The Heavy Table), and J.D. Fratzke (The Strip Club). The panel reviewed over 140 artist applications and selected the nine CSA artists, working in a wide range of disciplines: installation artist Liz Miller, printmaker Drew Peterson, furniture maker and woodworker Scott McGlasson, fashion designer Danielle Everine, fabric artist Nou Ka Yang, photographer Areca Roe, ceramic artist Peter Jadoonath, painter Dana M. Johnson, and visual artist Luke Aleckson.

The selected artists will receive a commission to create 50 shares for the program. Interested collectors will purchase a share from Springboard for the Arts and in return receive 3 boxes of locally produced artwork over the course of the summer. Each artist's work is specially created for the CSA program. One share could include work in any number of media, from a limited edition print or painting to a sculptural object or functional ceramic. Each member share will include one piece from each of the 9 CSA featured artists over the summer, and will also include a "bumper crop" of additional artwork, coupons, or tickets. The pick-up evenings will be at local art sites in June, July and August, and will feature musical performances, readings and food. The pick-up events are also when shareholders will have an opportunity to meet the CSA artists in person.

Member shares cost $300 for the three-month season and can be purchased by contacting Andy Sturdevant at 651-292-4381 or info@springboardforthearts.org. Sales of member shares begin on Monday, May 2, 2011 and will sell out fast.

The goals of the CSA program are to support artists and to create an engaged community of local arts supporters. CSA supports artists in the creation of new work, and in establishing relationships with local collectors and patrons. CSA also provides an entry point for community members interested in contemporary and local art to begin collecting art. In addition to receiving multiple works of art from local emerging and mid-career artists at a fantastic value, they have the opportunity to develop direct relationships with the local artists and art community, discover new artists, explore a variety of disciplines, and support artists' careers and a vibrant community.

Springboard for the Arts is an economic development organization for artists. Springboard for the Arts' mission is to cultivate a vibrant community by connecting artists with the skills, information and services they need to make a living and life. For more than 20 years, Springboard for the Arts has been providing affordable professional development services to artists and their organizations. Springboard's programs include one on one consulting, workshops, the Artist Loan Fund, Emergency Relief Fund, Artists' Access to Healthcare and online Job Book and Resource Guide. For more information on our services see our website at www.springboardforthearts.org .

The mission of mnartists.org is to improve the lives of Minnesota artists and provide access to and engagement with Minnesota's arts culture. mnartists.org is an online database of Minnesota artists and organizations from all disciplines. It offers to Minnesota-based artists a central gathering place on the Web, and will grow to become a marketplace and community hub. It offers the public a new way to explore art and get to know artists. In addition to providing artists and organizations with a web page containing images and information, mnartists.org provides news and features about the local arts scene from a variety of sources. mnartists.org was developed as the result of a survey of Minnesota artists conducted by The McKnight Foundation. The survey revealed the survival struggles of individual artists. The McKnight Foundation partnered with the Walker Art Center's New Media Initiatives group to develop mnartists.org.