Valuing Labor in the Arts – A Special Issue of Art Practical

5.4_cover_crop_2When is it okay to work for free? Is it acceptable as long as you’re working with—or for—another artist? What is an artistic service?

These are just a few of the hundreds of questions circulating for artists working in the 21st-century economy, and the central theme of the special two-part issue of Art Practical curated by the Arts Research Center in the spring of 2014. 

The special issue served first as a primer for the April 19, 2014 gathering Valuing Labor in the Arts and was followed up with more responses and meditative essays from writers working in economics, sociology, art history, performance studies, dance, film studies, and literature.

Visit Art Practical to read the full issue.