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Arts & Labor Class Starting Aug 27, 5 sessions

Alexis Clements

Aug 2007

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August 1, 2013
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Starting on August 27, I will be facilitating a class in Brooklyn on art and labor.

How have artists organized to get paid and access services like healthcare, both in the past and at present? This class will look at organizing efforts and also at artists who sought out or built alternative economies or labor models. Join this class for yourself and also to bring the information back to your communities.

Rights, Demands, and Radical Reimaginings: Art and Labor in the US

Tuesday evenings, from 7.00-8.30/9.00 pm
Aug 27 - Sep 24, 2013 (5 sessions)

Brooklyn, NY (see registration for full information)

Registration is required and there is a fee (sliding scale and barter available).

Click to register and get the full details.

Discount code to get $15 off: WORKING (sliding scale and barter also available).

For some context, and a quick primer on some of the ways that artists are organizing around labor issues today, have a look at this piece I wrote that was published earlier this week on both Hyperallergic and Salon:

• How Are Artists Getting Paid?

Full Class Description:
In the past century, artists working across disciplines have undertaken a variety of efforts to not only get paid a decent wage for their creative work, but also to gain access to services and protections that workers in other sectors have long enjoyed. Some of those artistic unions, guilds, associations, and collectives still exist or have echoes now, while many are struggling or long gone. Today, many artists are wondering what approaches they can take to resolve the long-standing difficulty of accessing capital through art-making.

Over 5 weeks, we will take a critical look at the connections between the arts and labor in the US. We'll examine and discuss some historic and contemporary efforts across artistic disciplines to organize around and/or revolutionize arts and labor. We'll also look at bigger questions about what it means to classify a variety of artistic activities as labor, as well as radical viewpoints that either reject art as a form of labor or view the arts as a space to test out labor practices that could impact all of society.

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