WHAT IS CSA PGH?

Community Supported Art (CSA PGH) is a program that builds lasting relationships with artists and cultural consumers. Not unlike the boxes of fruit and vegetables that one might get from a local farm as an agricultural CSA, CSA PGH creates “shares” of art to feed the public’s cultural appetite. We are part of a national artist-driven movement that commissions artists to produce editionable works that are grouped and sold to the public as CSA PGH shares.

Shareholders are invited to special events to pick up the artwork, meet the artists, and talk with the CSA PGH team. To date, the program has commissioned 23 artists and produced 170 shares. The 2017 season will be released in late summer/early fall. We will commission six artists to create editions of 20, so please join our mailing list for updates on the season. 

 

CSA PGH Co-Founders (from left) Kilolo Luckett, Corey Escoto, Blaine Siegel, and Casey Droege.

As part of the CSA-PGH platform, I was able to spend time in my studio developing and creating a new body of work that stands now as one of the best photographic series I ever made. It pushed me in new directions with my work and was extremely well received.
— JENNIFER MERIDIAN (FORMERLY NAGLE MYERS)

HISTORY

Community Supported Art Pittsburgh (CSA PGH) was co-founded in 2013 by Casey Droege, Corey Escoto, Kilolo Luckett, and Blaine Siegel. Seed funding from the Sprout Fund enabled our launch and now CSA PGH is sustained by its subscribers. By forming partnerships with Springboard for the Arts, the Warhol Museum, Space Gallery, and Fractured Atlas, our first year was an incredible success. 50 shares showcasing 6 local artists sold out quickly and we were thrilled to receive local and national press.

For the 2014 and 2015 seasons, we expanded our artists and size of offered shares. Our programming included an exhibit of participating artists at fieldwork Gallery, a panel talk at the Mine Factory, the Small Mall Pop-up shop and several workshops. See all of the previous seasons here.

PRESS HIGHLIGHTS

WESA Public Radio Spotlight: New Pittsburgh CSA Replaces 'Agriculture' with 'Art'

NEW YORK TIMES Article: 'Buy Local' Gets Creative

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE Article: CSA PGH Pays Off for 50 'Shareholders'