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The Community Supported Art program works like this: nine artists receive a commission to produce 35 shares. People pay $325 for a share and receive one piece of work from each artist, which could be music, ceramic, photographs or letterpress editions of a poem.

This program is based on the Community Supported Agriculture model and was developed by Laura Zabel of Springboard for the Arts in Minneapolis, MN. Lincoln is one of about 30 cities in the US to have a CSArt program. Said Zabel, “It’s designed for people who aren’t part of the art community, who are intimidated by going to a gallery. It creates an on ramp to finding out who is making work and it’s about making relationships between artists and communities, having the experience of meeting artists”.

Union Bank and Trust has been the exclusive CSArt sponsor since 2013.

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