On April 19, 2014, the Arts Research Center hosted Valuing Labor in the Arts: A Practicum. This daylong event included a series of artist-led workshops that developed exercises, prompts, or actions that engage questions of art, labor, and economics. We have asked participants to send us their reflections on keywords, puzzles, or recurring themes that came up throughout the day. This post is by Eleanor Hanson, co-founder of The Present Group, a creative studio working at the intersection of art and technology. Much of her creative practice has been focused on developing proposals-in-practice for new funding models in the arts. Projects of The Present Group include an art subscription service, a web hosting service that funds an intermittent arts prize, Art Micro Patronage - an experimental exhibition platform showcasing and funding artwork online, The People’s E-book - a free online tool to build e-books, and Compensation Foundation - an online database for gathering and displaying how cultural producers are compensated.
From the Independent Artists' Union in Canada
From the San Francisco Building Trades Union
From Chet LaMore, on why we need(ed) permanent WPA.