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Call for Artists to Participate in the Gig Worker Learning Project

March 31, 2023

Last year, The Workers Lab and the Aspen Institute Future of Work Initiative launched a project to reflect on what we know about gig work and workers in direct partnership with the workers themselves. 

Building off of their first phase of research, they are now undertaking a series of participatory and open-listening conversations with gig workers and others who work outside of “traditional” jobs, including independent contractors, informal workers, micro-entrepreneurs, and more. Given how many artists and arts workers rely on the broader gig economy, they will hold a focus group specifically dedicated to artists.

CRNY invites artists to join The Workers Lab and Aspen Institute for a 2-hour conversation, held via Zoom on Thursday, April 27, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time. They will ask you to tell them what you do for work, what words and terms you use to describe your work, what motivates you, and what challenges you face. No preparation is needed. The conversations are anonymous, and no identifying information will be recorded or shared. Participants will be compensated with a $100 electronic gift card for their time.

If you are interested in participating, please complete this form no later than Friday, April 14 to confirm your availability:  

Creatives Rebuild New York is delighted to share this opportunity for artists to get involved in participatory and qualitative research, and to support the Workers Lab and Aspen Institute as they rethink social protections for those in the arts alongside others working in the broader gig economy. 

Header image: Joe McPee, Raf Vertessen, Henry Fraser. Photo by Peter Gannushkin.