On January 13/14 2014, a group convened at Cage
, NY to establish the policy for W.A.G.E. Certification. Over two days, A.K. Burns, Howie Chen, Andrea Fraser, Alison Gerber, Stephanie Luce, Andrew Ross, Marina Vishmidt, W.A.G.E. and Artists Space staff - representing the institutional side and the organization as a test case - thought through, negotiated, and arrived at a fee schedule and revised set of principles that now constitute W.A.G.E. Certification. Over the next two months, the initial discussion document
will be rewritten into a policy statement that reflects the Summit findings. Once made available on this site and presented publicly in New York (and beyond), W.A.G.E. will begin Certifying nonprofit organizations nationally, and on a voluntary basis.
On April 19 2014, The Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley will present Valuing Labor in the Arts: A Practicum
, a series of artist-led workshops that develop exercises, prompts, or actions that engage questions of art, labor, and economics; it will also include a series of commissioned writings by critics and researchers whose work focuses on artistic labor and cultural economies, serving as a primer for workshop participants and as an inspiration and handbook for artistic communities who want to imagine alternative artistic economies in their own domains. Artists and writers include Julia Bryan-Wilson (UC Berkeley), Eleanor Hanson-Wise (The Present Group), Lyn Hejinian (UC Berkeley), Shannon Jackson (UC Berkeley), Helena Keeffe (Standard Deviation, UC Berkeley), Caroline Woolard (Ourgoods), Christian Nagler (SFAI), Lane Relyea (Northwestern), Jeffrey Skoller (UC Berkeley), W.A.G.E., Abigail Statinsky (threewalls, inCUBATE), Lasse Steiner (University of Zurich/UC Berkeley), Stephanie Syjuco (UC Berkeley), Sara Wookey (Wookey Works), Cassie Thornton (Strike Debt Bay Area), Matthew Rana (Art Practical), Elyse Malouk (Art Practical), Ignacio Valero (CCA), Lauren Van Haaften-Schick (Non-Participation), and others.