Somehow we’ve grown accustomed to the idea that an artwork can sell for millions of dollars, while the artist herself is generally paid a measly sum, and sometimes nothing at all. Last year, the international alliance Get Artists Paid (or G.A.P.) banded together to address the exploitation of artists and stop free labor. This Sunday, April 23, G.A.P. is collaborating with the curatorial initiative MAMI to offer workshops at the Knockdown Center to artists about living sustainably and justly in today’s economy.
“Art is Labor: A Day of Creative Advocacy and Critical Imagination” is broken down into seven workshops, ranging from how to manage your student loans to eating healthily and affordably. A number of the discussions will be led by artists themselves: The New Negress Film Society will brainstorm ways for black women to navigate working in companies, and a member of Discwoman will stress the importance of providing opportunities to marginalized voices in DJ culture.
While there, you’ll also have the chance to browse and purchase goods made by local QTPOC artists, and dance to lively sets by D0UZE and Cremosa. There is a $10 suggested donation.
When: Sunday, April 23, 1–8:30pm
Where: Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens)
More info here.