Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies group will be facilitating a workshop this Saturday at NURTUREart in Bushwick:
Another Art World Is Possible
Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies Workshop
NURTUREart 56 Bogart St, Brooklyn NY 11206
May 11, 2013 3-6pm
The economic and social realities of the art world as it exists can often be a source of frustration for artists, but what might an alternative model look like? In this workshop we’ll discuss the things we like and things we don’t like about the current art world. Then we’ll learn about various alternative models and discuss amongst ourselves how they can be applied to or replace the current system.
Facebook rsvp: Another Art World is Possible
Arts & Labor and members of the Teamsters Joint Board 16 will read a statement of support for the labor struggle that is happening at the Frieze NY “Rat” Fair at the panel conversation between Suzanne Lacy and Nato Thompson at Frieze on Friday, May 10, at 4 PM.
Join us and stand up for art worker rights—from the studio, to the office, to the building site!
HOW TO GET TO THE FRIEZE RAT FAIR
Arts & Labor is distributing the following letters to artists, panelists, and galleries participating in the Frieze New York art fair. Help us spread the word!
• Letter to panelists
• Letter to artists, gallerists, fair workers, and attendees
Print Out Flyers with these facts and hand them out at the Frieze NY Rat Fair! (quarter sheets)
• Frieze is a for-profit event that pays less than $1/ sq ft to lease city park land for two months.
• Frieze makes art inaccessible to many working New Yorkers with a ticket price of $42 per person.
• Frieze would rather bring in low-wage, non-union labor from WI, than pay NYers a living wage.
• Frieze is the only major NYC art fair using non-union labor to construct its fair.
TELL FRIEZE TO HIRE LOCAL & UNION!
Call the Frieze Office: 212 463 7488
Twitter: #FNY13 #FriezeRatFair @FriezeNewYork
Arts & Labor supports Teamsters Joint Council 16, IATSE Local 829, IATSE Local 1 and District Council 9 of Painters in their demand for hiring local and union labor at Freize Art Fair as well as new permits that evaluate major profit events in NYC public parks.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2013
Contact: Michael McKeon
LABOR LEADERS TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON FRIEZE NEW YORK ART FAIR AND CALL UPON ELECTED OFFICIALS TO CHANGE PARKS PERMITTING
Elected officials will join members of Teamsters Joint Council 16, IATSE Local 829, IATSE Local 1 and District Council 9 of Painters, at a press conference on the steps of City Hall Wednesday at 1:00 PM to confront the organizers of the Frieze New York Art show and their local events coordinator, Production Glue, LLC on their continuing discrimination against hiring New York City’s union workers.
What Do We Do Now?
Alternative Economies Resource Guide
Edition 1, Fall 2012
booklet launch at:
Building The Commons
Making Worlds Commons Forum 2
March 29th & 30th
Fri 6-10pm / Sat 10am-8pm
The Commons Brooklyn
388 Atlantic Avenue
*Children Welcome / Wheelchair Accessible / Free & Open to the Public*
Join us this Friday & Saturday for the first edition release of What Do We Do Now? Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies Resource Guide. Input for subsequent editions is welcome; we plan to update periodically!
Over the course of several months in 2012, members of Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies group decided to research and compile a list of alternative resources for living in New York. This resource guide contains examples of barter for health care programs, times banks, workers coops, community social services, alternative transportation advocates, and more. We are now ready to distribute the resource guide throughout the city at various events and with friends whose work forms part of building an alternative economy in New York City.
**A brief introduction to the guide will be made during Friday’s potluck Dinner 7-8pm & Saturday’s potluck Lunch Noon-1pm.**
Hope to see you there!
Arts & Labor Alternative Economies
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Arts & Labor stopped posting meeting minutes after January 2013. However, the group is still active and various working groups meet regularly. Additionally we have a monthly meeting where members of all working groups gather and update one another on activities.
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Intern Labor Rights (New York), SUARTS (the Student Union of the University of Arts London) and Intern Aware (London) have come together in mutual support and solidarity. We invite your attention and critical eye to the widespread use of illegally unpaid workers in the fashion industry. This rampant wage theft, international in scope, is now being met with an international response:
In anticipation of our one-year anniversary, Intern Labor Rights is lovingly preparing hundreds of Intern Swag Bags to be given out at Fashion Week events over the February 8–10, 2013, weekend. To get your hands on an Intern Swag Bag, or to help us distribute, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and find out where we’ll be during the weekend. To track our progress follow #devilpaysnada and #payinterns on Twitter, or find us on Facebook.
For a peek into how this action is being covered in the press, check out this article on BuzzFeed: Occupy Movement To Protest Unpaid Internships At Fashion Week.
And to join in the fight for what’s right, to insist that those who profit from labor pay for its worth, to make your voice heard… email us and find out when and where our next weekly meeting will be, or join our group on Facebook.
Intern Labor Rights is supported in the New York Fashion Show “Pay Your Interns” initiative by SUARTS and Intern Aware, who are making London Fashion Week plans as part of the long-running and successful “Devil Pays Nada” campaign.
The following groups have committed to supporting each other in the global fight to end unpaid internships:
- Canadian Intern Association
- Génération Précaire (Paris)
- Geneva Interns Association
- Hague Interns Association
- Intern Aware (London)
- Intern Labor Rights (New York City & Washington, DC)
- Precarious Workers Brigade (London)
- Students’ Union of University of the Arts London
Arts and Labor Discussion Meeting, 1/8/13
Attending: AB, CT, LW, BW, GR
Suggested topics: relationship between community organizing and labor organizing; “class misidentification”; questions about panel last night/ thursday’s panel