Community Supported Art completes fifth year, gains ground nationwide

2013 brings with it a bumper crop of art. (Photo courtesy of Springboard for the Arts)

Springboard for the Arts' annual "Community Supported Art" program concludes its fifth year tonight at 6 p.m. with a party at Union Depot in St. Paul.

At the event, four dozen people who bought shares this year will receive their second box of art this summer.

The shares, which cost $300 each, consist of a variety of works ranging from original drawings to functional ceramic pieces to music.This year's boxes were filled by nine different local artists, including Mary Bergs, Horacio Devoto, Haley Prochnow and Ginny Sims.

Meanwhile, under Springboard's guidance, the CSA model, recently profiled in the New York Times, is being used in 40 cities across the country.

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Rumor has it there are still two unclaimed shares for the St. Paul CSA. Folks who are interested in seeing art before they buy might like to know that tonight's pick-up party also includes an hour-long performance by old-timey duo The DitchLilies.

So they can come for the music, check out the art, and then make up their minds.