Artist FAQ

I don’t live in Valpo. Can I be a CSA artist?
While we are trying to promote the arts specifically in the Valparaiso community, we recognize the fact that our arts community is larger than our city limits, and welcome applicants from the wider NWI region.

Do I have to be a visual artist/fine artist?
No! In fact we would love to see musicians, writers, fiber artists/craftspeople, and designers participate. Other CSAs around the country have featured things like CD singles, limited edition poetry chapbooks, and handmade crafts in addition to painting, drawing, and printmaking.

How much will artists be paid?
The stipend (and how many works of art each artist will be asked to produce) will depend upon how many shares are sold (with a maximum of 50). With a sold-out season, artists can expect to be paid around $1000 each. The call for entries and artist guidelines are available here. Please sign up for our mailing list and follow us on Facebook so you’ll know the minute the information is released!

Shareholder FAQ

I don’t live in Valpo. Can I buy a share?
Yes, you can. We are trying to promote the arts specifically in Valparaiso, but if you are interested in supporting our art community, we welcome you!

Where does the money I pay for a share go?
Most of the money goes directly to the CSA artists in the form of a stipend to support the creation of their art. A small portion is set aside to help pay for marketing, events, and administrative costs.

Can I find out ahead of time what will be in my art share?
We do plan to host a “meet and greet” event with shareholders and artists, at which time some of the artists may choose to share what they’re working on. However, much in the same manner as a farm CSA, we can’t predict how the season will go or exactly what the output will be. For a very reasonable price you are getting a “sampler pack” of local art – we hope you will connect with an artist you love and buy more of their work in the future! We select a group of artists with an eye towards both quality and diversity of offerings. There is sure to be something you love in your art package!

When will shares go on sale? How much will they cost?
We’ve just concluded our 2016-2017 share sales, and will begin planning for next season after our season wraps in May. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list and follow us on Facebook so that we can keep you posted on events and other important info!

Will the same artists particpate again? No, we have 8 completely new artists for each year. We will be introducing them here on the website and on Facebook when they are chosen.

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