W.A.G.E. Presentation (open to the general public)
Wednesday September 7th, 7:00 PM
Workshop (administrators, directors, curators)
Thursday September 8th, 2:00 PM
Neu Kirche welcomes Lise Soskolne of W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) in Pittsburgh for the first time to meet with our local arts community. Her presentation on September 7th is open to artists, arts administrators and other industry professionals. This is followed by a workshop on Thursday September 8th, designed to engage administrators, directors, curators, and all those who work in and for Pittsburgh arts organizations in an open discussion about equity and institutional practices. W.A.G.E.’s core organizer Lise Soskolne will present the practical application of W.A.G.E. Certification from an organizational perspective, with a focus on the challenges—and necessity—of implementing a system of compensation that remains essentially symbolic of economic value.
Lise will also be available for a limited number of one-on-one consultations immediately following Thursday's workshop for those interested in learning more about the process of becoming W.A.G.E. certified.
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 relationship between artists and the institutions that contract them. So far there are 27 W.A.G.E. Certified organizations in cities across the U.S. but none in Pittsburgh -- we’re hoping her presence here will change that. Neu Kirche will begin the certification process this year and hope others will follow.