Sunday, July 01, 2012

The W.A.G.E. Artist Survey results

Founded in 2008, Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)

Is a New York-based activist group that focuses on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions, and establishing a sustainable model for best practices between cultural producers and the institutions which contract their labor. W.A.G.E. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Works to draw attention to economic inequalities that exist in the arts, and to resolve them. Has been formed because we, as visual & performance artists and independent curators, provide a work force. W.A.G.E. recognizes the organized irresponsibility of the art market and its supporting institutions, and demands an end of the refusal to pay fees for the work we’re asked to provide: preparation, installation, presentation, consultation, exhibition, and reproduction. Refutes the positioning of the artist as a speculator and calls for the remuneration of cultural value in capital value.

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