Unionization in US museums of art. This was enabled due to the notoriously low salaries and stagnant salaries in the non-profit arts industry. It's a sad and disappointing list.
The salaries were accessible to the general public through this spreadsheet of google salary sharing. An employee who was formerly employed by the New Museum was also interviewed.
(voted to join the union in 2019 (voted to unionize in) She published an shocking expose of her experience working as a labor activist, under the heading "Against the Artsploitation."
The economic precarity has been associated to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. There is an ongoing and particularly tension-filled atmosphere in the academic world.
There is a lot of debate over the question of whether gig work is healthier for your mental health or is worse than full-time work. Many workers say they experience they are in a better state of mind.
The gig economy is flexible which improves mental health however, some complain of a absence of stability and anxiety.
The distinctive aspect of the art business is that both gig and salaried workers are impacted by the uncertainty of their careers.
American art museums have witnessed an increase in unions. There are also new platforms offering opportunities for freelancers to work.
Art Mavens, a new platform for professional artists and professionals, is now on the internet. Louise Hamlin, Deborah Najar and Deborah Najar co-founded Art Mavens in 2020, during the lockdown.
Art Mavens aims to build an even stronger community of professional artists. The website is described as an "global center of professionals in the field"