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Reports Examine Findings from Two National Surveys
Americans for the Arts (AFTA) have released results of a new study. The Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 Study (AEP6) examined the financial and social effects of the arts and culture sector in the United States. Oscar winner Rita Moreno presented preliminary findings in a virtual presentation on Oct. 12.
The numbers are dispiriting: 68% of art museum workers have considered leaving the field, 74% cannot always cover basic living expenses, and it takes an average of 12 years before a worker receives a promotion. Turnover is high — art museums lost 30% of full-time employees hired between 2020 and 2022 — and rates were especially elevated among those making less than $50,000 a year.
Today, as part of President Biden’s National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, eight federal agencies clarified—for the first time in writing—that Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits certain forms of antisemitic, Islamophobic, and related forms of discrimination in federally funded programs and activities. These wide-ranging protections provide important tools to curb discrimination based on shared ancestry or ethnic characteristics and to better protect the civil rights of all Americans.
More than 500 workers at the Art Institute of Chicago’s museum (AIC) and affiliated school, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), who are members of the Art Institute of Chicago Workers United (AICWU/AFSCME), have won a first contract that not only brings wage increases, but begins to address critical workplace culture issues that have plagued workers for years.
Screenwriters and major Hollywood studios have reached a tentative three-year deal, which, if ratified, would end one of the strikes that have ground Hollywood to a halt.