Community Supported Art provides its 149 shareholders with unique artworks created by talented visual artists who call Nashville home. The works they receive are surprising, often unconventional, and made by artists whose works are exhibited and collected around the world. 

Initiated by Seed Space, the Community Supported Art program (CSArt) is similar to the agricultural model but replaces vegetables with artwork. Removing the guesswork, the pressure, or financial strain of traditional collecting, the CSArt program provides a chance for art novice and expert alike to invest in local cultural production. By commissioning emerging and established artists, the program generates art that reflects Nashville’s unique cultural climate.

As a fundraising initiative, it is an innovative model where all parties are compensated. Artists are paid for their work, and shareholders’ donations are rewarded with art. Shareholders are also investing in Seed Space, the city’s only nonprofit space committed to exhibiting experimental contemporary artwork without the pressure of selling.

In this incubator kind of program, artists are invited to make work specifically for the gallery. Focusing on installation, video, and performance-based work, Seed Space provides an opportunity for artists to stretch the boundaries of their practice and display it publicly. Because the exhibition and the work produced are often ephemeral, a printed catalogue accompanies each exhibition with text contributed by writers and curators from around the country.

Echoing the mission of Seed Space, CSArt promotes artist experimentation that remains accessible for new audiences. For painter Jodi Hays, participating gave her the chance to work in a new medium, translating her paintings’ themes into three-dimensional sculptures.


Nashville Arts Magazine and Seed Space invite you to party with us in style as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the CSArt program. Invest in Nashville–buy a share and meet the artists.

Sunday, December 16, 2012
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

E.T. Burk
300 11th Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203

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