Our story starts on the farm.
Art and agriculture are central to the Hmong identity. That is why our artist residency is held at the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) farm. It's a unique partnership that creates a space for artists and farmers to exchange ideas, knowledge, and stories. The artist residency helps our artists and farmers to build deeper understanding and relationships. This year, the artist residency also includes the creation of a community mural on the farm. This process is important because it is how artists draw inspiration to create unique works of art that are delivered to you as part of a share.
The CSA Model
ArtCrop is modeled after Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), only with art! Traditionally when you buy a CSA share, you're paying farmers in advance of the growing season. The farmers then use the funds to jumpstart their planting. In return, the members can expect regular deliveries of fresh produce dropped off at a convenient location. Similarly, when you buy an art share, you're paying the artist in advance to create a one-time piece of artwork. With ArtCrop, we partner with artists and farmers to bring you art and food as part of your share.
The CSA will be piloted in the Twin Cities, Minnesota region. Our founder and pilot artist Oskar Ly will create a unique art piece to accompany each HAFA x ArtCrop Thanksgiving CSA. Oskar's vision for ArtCrop is to create opportunities and a sustainable platform that complements Hmong artists and farmers. Additionally, her hope is that this process challenges and empowers artists and farmers to explore and redefine what it means to be a Hmong maker.
Why CSAs For Art & Food?
Artists and farmers share similar struggles in their ability to thrive despite their unique skills and large influence in keeping Hmong culture alive. The goal of the CSA is to support both the artists and farmers through alternative economies. CSA is not just a art and food delivery service, but rather a social contract rooted in community, mutuality, and stewardship. We do so with respect to sharing the land, Hmong culture and the local economy. So when you sign up to join the CSA, you’re not only lifting up over 130 Hmong farmers and artists, you’re also building up wealth, community, and culture for future generations.
- Raise awareness and value for Hmong cultural makers
- Inspire Hmong arts and agriculture for generations to come
- Create sustainability through our local communities