Monday, March 09, 2009

Intriguing: Theatre as CSA

Thanks so much to Laura for passing this link to the "Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists" website which "grows from the premise that the traditional non-profit model of fundraising does not support the majority of performing artists in New York City. ERPA aims to thus revitalize performing artists’ and arts organizations’ economic lives for long-term impact." The website doesn't seem to be regularly active, but enough to keep you following along. The post "Stolen Chair Visits the CSA Capitol of the World" is written by John Stancato of the aforementioned Stolen Chair Theatre Company. Superficially, a CSA resembles a traditional subscription series: you pay up front to receive certain produc[tions] throughout the year. However, what makes the CSA an interesting source of inspiration is the interaction between farmer/CSA-operator and his or her customers, which as Stancato implies is a great deal of the draw, and a far cry from the prickly relations that artists tend to have with their audiences...

1 comment:

JRS said...

Thanks for posting about this and helping us move this dialogue forward, Scott. If any of your readers would like to hear more about the program we're trying to start, they should visit www.stolenchair.org/ERPA (and it would be INCREDIBLY helpful if they filled out the survey there!).