Working Artists and the Greater
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) is a New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions and establishing a sustainable labor relation between artists and the institutions that contract them. In 2014 W.A.G.E. launched a national certification program that publicly recognizes those institutions demonstrating a history of, and commitment to, voluntarily paying artist fees, with 29 certified so far. Lise Soskolne, W.A.G.E.'s Core Organizer, will outline how the program works, why it is necessary, and how push back from institutions has led to its expanding scope: specifically the development of a parallel certification program for individual artists due to launch this fall. Bio: Lise Soskolne has been an organizer within W.A.G.E. since its founding in 2008 and its core organizer since 2012. She is an artist who has worked in nonprofit arts presenting and development in New York since 1998 at venues that have included Anthology Film Archives, Artists Space, Diapason Gallery for Sound, Meredith Monk/The House Foundation for the Arts, Participant Inc, and Roulette Intermedium. In 2007 she was hired to use artists to increase the property value of Industry City, a 6.5 million sq ft industrial complex on the South Brooklyn waterfront. There she founded and managed the arts component in its broader regeneration with the intention of establishing a new paradigm for industrial redevelopment that would not displace workers, artists, local residents or industry but would instead build a sustainable community of working artists in a context that integrated cultural and industrial production.
(Thursday) 5:30 pm EST
46 Washington Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205
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