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There is a new way to buy art in Philadelphia. Two programs will allow investors to buy shares of artwork, sight unseen.
Each is modeled on farmers market CSAs, or community supported agriculture. In those arrangements, customers front a few hundred dollars to a local farmer at the beginning of the growing season. Every week, they each receive a box of produce grown on that farm.
Community supported art operates the same way; for a few hundred dollars up front, customers periodically receive a box of art created by an array of Philadelphia artists. One such program is spearheaded by the artist collectives Grizzly Grizzly and Tiger Strikes Asteroid; another is by the Philadelphia Folklore Project.
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