Speakeasy Exchange-Four: Creative Labor-Nuts and Bolts, May 3rd, 7 pm.

Speakeasy Exchange-Three: Non-profits vs. Non-Non-Profits

Speakeasy Exchanges are conversational platforms designed to draw on the collective knowledge and experience of all participants. Rather than reinforcing the roles of expert panel and attentive audience, invited guests in this series will come prepared with questions to stimulate and guide public discourse.

“58% of artists who exhibited at a New York non-profit organization between 2005 and 2010 received no form of payment, compensation or reimbursement – including the coverage of any expenses.”- 2010 W.A.G.E. Artists Survey

Speakeasy Exchange-Four: Creative Labor-Nuts and Bolts will be our last exchange during the course of the Speakeasy exhibition. This  conversation will explore further the complex ways in which artists work – both for themselves and for others. How does earning money interface with the gift economy at the core of many art practices? What makes the difference between alignment, synergy and compromise? How do the burgeoning “creative industries” impact other kinds of creative labor that are experimental, immaterial or provocative? Should artists be paid more for the work they do, or is there more creative freedom to be gained in inventing different kinds of value?

We will also discuss the results of the W.A.G.E Artist Survey. The purpose of the W.A.G.E. Survey was to gather information about the economic experiences of visual and performing artists exhibiting in nonprofit exhibition spaces and museums in New York City between 2005 and 2010. -From Wageforwork.com

Come down to the Speakeasy for a drink, and bring your ideas and experiences to the conversation. Thursday, May 3rd at 7 pm…..
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About Sean M. Starowitz

Sean M. Starowitz’s work is executed in a variety of social, political, and community engaged contexts. Notable projects include Fresh Bread, BREAD! KC and Byproduct: The Laundromat. He has also explored curatorial projects such as The Speakeasy, and Vagabond, Kansas City’s premiere pop-up restaurant. He has contributed writings to Proximity Magazine and Temporary Art Review, and has lectured at Queens College in NY, UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department, and at American University in D.C. He currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri as the artist-in-residence at the Farm To Market Bread Company. He is a 2010 graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts program at the Kansas City Art Institute and a 2012 Rocket Grant recipient with support from the Charlotte St. Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Foundation. More recently, he is a 2014 Charlotte St. Foundation Visual Art Award Fellow.
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