W.A.G.E. will participate in Spheres of Exchange
, a discussion moderated by Corinna Kirsch, with Laurel Ptak, Magdalena Sawon, and Suhail Malik. At the International Center of Photography, 1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. This discussion will be on Saturday December 14th at 10:30am - 11:45am. Coffee up.
January: The 2014 W.A.G.E. SUMMIT
On January 13-14, a group of sociologists, economists, artists, administrators, curators and directors will come together in New York City for the 2014 W.A.G.E. Summit to write the policy for W.A.G.E. Certification.
Initiated by W.A.G.E. in 2010, W.A.G.E. Certification
is a program that recognizes and 'certifies' nonprofit arts organizations and museums that voluntarily adhere to a best practices model and pay artist fees in relation to the conditions under which artists are involved in their programs.
Hollis Frampton's infamous 1973 letter
to MoMA's Curator of Film is hard copy proof that non-payment for cultural labor is a long-standing problem, and the results of the 2010 W.A.G.E. Survey
show in no uncertain terms that little has changed in 40 years.
W.A.G.E. Certification is the culmination of 5 years of W.A.G.E.'s consciousness-raising and information gathering around this problem—the W.A.G.E. Summit will turn it into a comprehensive policy and regulatory tool.
After January, W.A.G.E. Certification will be used to ensure—in no uncertain terms
—not only that cultural producers are compensated fairly for their work, but also that equity operates on multiple levels of a W.A.G.E.-Certified organization.
The summit is not a public event, but its outcome will be made transparent and available through W.A.G.E. Certification and on this site.