We Are Bound: What Is Needed to Improve Treatment of Creative Workers

COVID-19 devastated the creative economy and hit creative workers particularly hard. But the truth is that all that devastation was in part the product of chronic and systemic inequitable treatment of creative workers by public policymakers, cultural organizations, and funders—often unknowingly (and/or unwillingly) abetted by creative workers themselves. In this session, learn about We Are Bound, a multi-part research, policy, and sector transformation project that questions why the creative sector is in constant need of relief, how public policy can be shifted to improve support for independent workers, and what steps the cultural sector needs to take to equitably care for the humans that make up its backbone.


Lisa Yancey, President, Yancey Consulting
Raquel Farrell-Kirk, Art Therapist/Researcher, American Art Therapy Association
Stacey M. Kesten, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Principal Consultant, Collaborators Consulting Group
Clay Lord, Vice President of Strategic Impact, Americans for the Arts