Re-imagining How We Support Gig Workers
Thursday, June 25, 2020
4:15 p.m. EDT
About this Session
The majority of the workforce in the creative economy is made up of gig workers and independent contractors who are, in various ways, less advantaged and less protected by both governmental policy and, in many cases, the internal policies of the organizations agencies with whom they work. In this facilitated dialogue, let’s talk about how we can do better for this backbone of the creative sector—some of the most impacted by the pandemic and likely to have one of the longest and most painful roads to recovery. Our sector can’t exist without them—so how can we ensure they thrive on the other side of this crisis?
- Talk about how to get creative workers working again.
- Explore both creativity- and non-creativity-based opportunities for employment that are likely to come back first.
- Discuss how we can ensure that creative workers will thrive on the other side of COVID-19.
Kristy Edmunds, Center for Art & Performance, UCLA
This session is a part of the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference.
Executive & Artistic Director, Center for Art & Performance, UCLA
Kristy Edmunds is an artist, curator, frequent keynote speaker and currently the Executive and Artistic Director of UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA), a leading presenter of contemporary performance on the West Coast. In recognition of her contribution to the arts, Edmunds was named a Chevalier (Knight) de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2016 and was the inaugural recipient of the Berresford Prize by United States Artists (USA) in 2018.
Edmunds’ previous positions include Founding Executive and Artistic Director of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and Time Based Art Festival (1995–2005); Artistic Director for the Melbourne International Arts Festival (2005–2008), Head of the School of Performing Arts at Victorian College of the Arts/University of Melbourne, and Deputy Dean for the College; and Consulting Artistic Director for the now critically heralded Park Avenue Armory in New York (2009–2012).