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DISPATCH #2: During the Bringing Entrepreneurship to the Arts Panel, Zlato Fagundes, referenced Minnesota’s Springboard for the Arts CSA (Community Supported Art) as a new business model for presenting dance.

Is this the blind art date we have all been looking for? Like when you are surprised with sunchokes or garlic scapes one week and a whole new delicious consciousness is awakened by the unfamiliar aromas in your kitchen?

Could this be the perfect model for creating a tighter-knit, super-local community around a choreographer’s work?

Would the concept of pre-selling a dance show as part of a CSA share/season free choreographers up to take more risks with their work?

Well, we don’t have to wonder. Springboard has CSA kits for artists who are ready to try something new. And at least right now, NYC and her varied boroughs and hoods are not represented on their map of up-and-coming CSA’s in the USA. Who will be bold enough to try this and let Dd into the process? Accepting nominations below.


Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.