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Knight Foundation Brings Community Supported Art to Philadelphia

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Mayor Michael A. Nutter joined members of Philadelphia's visual arts community this morning to celebrate the creation of two new Community Supported Art (CSA) programs that will help strengthen the relationship between local artists and their community.  The programs, based on a successful model developed by Minnesota's Springboard for the Arts, are being replicated here in Philadelphia thanks to support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
 
"We are grateful for Knight Foundation's sustained commitment to fostering the arts at a grassroots level in Philadelphia," said Mayor Nutter.  "Community Supported Art is an innovative and sustainable way to support the wealth of artistic talent we have here in our City, as well as to build our community of art patrons and collectors."
 
Dennis Scholl, Vice President of Arts at Knight Foundation, said, "Community Supported Art is a fun and engaging way to continue our efforts to make art general in Philadelphia.  It's also an innovative way to strengthen and support the efforts of local artists by fostering relationships between them and the community in which they live."
 
The Philadelphia Folklore Project has been selected to administrate one of the new CSA programs, and artist collectives Grizzly Grizzly and Tiger Strikes Asteroid willmanage a second program jointly.  The City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) assisTed Knight Foundation in identifying local arts organizations that were well suited to replicate the CSA model by way of an RFP issued last November
 
"It is important that both adventurous work by emerging artists and very traditional forms of art have a place in these new programs," said Chief Cultural Officer Gary Steuer, "so we are pleased that, through the organizations running the Philadelphia CSA programs, we are able to speak to a very diverse range of artists and audiences."

Each program has respectively commissioned nine artists to create original artworks for 50 total CSA "shares."  Shareholders from each program will receive the locally produced artworks during periodic pick-up events.
 
Shares from the Philadelphia Folklore Project will go on sale July 12 and will include artworks from Ra'sheeda Bey, Alma Luz Castro, Maisaloon Dias, Stephanie Hryckowian, ChrisTina Johnson, Eric Joselyn, Marta Sanchez, Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun and Matthew Smith.  To learn more about the artists and how to purchase a share, visit www.folkloreproject.org.
 
Shares from the program run by artist collectives Grizzly Grizzly and Tiger Strikes Asteroidwill go on sale July 19 and will include artworks from Sarah Kate Burgess, Anda Dubinskis, Jacob Feige, Sarah Gamble, Brian Giniewski, Ivanco Talevski, Brent Wahl, Douglas Witmer and Linda Yun.  To learn more about the artists and how to purchase a share, visit www.csartphilly.com.


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