Announcing Atlanta’s First CSA for the Arts
What is the WonderRoot CSA? The WonderRoot CSA (Community Supported Art) is a new model for selling and purchasing artwork, adapted from the traditional agricultural CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
What is the purpose? The WonderRoot CSA seeks to: a) cultivate a culture of art collecting for the local arts economy and b) support Atlanta artists by commissioning them to create work
Why did we create it? WonderRoot invites art curious individuals and seasoned collectors to invest in the local arts economy by purchasing a share to Atlanta’s first ever art-based CSA, The WonderRoot CSA. By investing in local artists, customers are helping to keep local talent in Atlanta, as well as claiming their share of our city’s most gifted creators. Artist contributors are able to immediately grow their collector-base to 50 individuals, in addition to a guaranteed commission before any work is ever created. The exposure to WonderRoot’s audience throughout metro Atlanta creates even more opportunity for participating artists to develop interested buyers.
How does it work?
- 50 shares available to the public at $300/share
- Commission of 9 artists to create 50 works each
- Quarterly (total of 3) delivery of “art box” with 3 works within each delivery
- A “release party” coincides with each delivery with attendees as artists and shareholders
Who are the artists? Bethany Collins, Wret Rausaw, Henry Detweiler, Michi Meko, Patricia Patterson, Noble Beast, Jessica Caldas, Jill Frank and Nick Madden
Who else has this idea? Some awesome folks at Three Walls in Chicago, Springboard for the Arts in Michigan and good people in LA and Philly. We’d like to give a special thanks to our friend, Paul Barrett, for helping to inspire WonderRoot CSA.
WonderRoot CSA Advisory Committee: Austin Appleton, Eva Taylor, Brett Meager, Jimmy Hamilton, Floyd Hall, Ed Hall, Stephanie Dowda and Kris Pilcher.