YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A new program geared at boosting local artists has launched in Youngstown.
Patrons of the program buy full or partial shares in the project. In return, they get up to nine pieces of original art, including sculptures, paintings, books and live performances.
“We live in a community full of people who work very hard. And people who work hard need entertainment. They need to look at beautiful things. They need to go and see shows that inspire them to go to work the next day,” said local artist Robert Dennick Joki.
The program will take place over the summer months and include three pickup events for sponsors.
“The big goal of this program is to get art that maybe patrons would not normally be exposed to into the hands of those new patrons. And establish a relationship between those new patrons and the artists,” said Legal Creative Director Denise Glinatsis Bayer.
It’s called “community-sponsored art,” or CSArt for short. By buying full or partial shares in the program, patrons receive original, all-new art from area artists.
“We have all different types of art from all different disciplines,” Bayer said.
The local art scene is fully supporting the new program.
“All of the artists are really excited about this. We had over 30 applications for our first program,” Bayer said.
There are still opportunities to buy into CSArt. There are 50 sponsorship shares available. Full shares are $350 and partial shares cost $125.
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