Precarity: Contingency in Artmaking and Academia

Curated by Lorelei Stewart

Exhibition Resources

Precarity Resources
For Artists, Contingent Faculty, and Student Debtors

As the number of people in the United States who obtain higher education rises, full-time employment opportunities in academia shrink and  financial opportunities for artists are restricted, many individuals find themselves in a precarious position. Several organizations have arisen out of the post-recession economy to fight against this instability and offer a light at the end of the tunnel. This pamphlet provides information on the groups and resources that can help you through the challenges of precarity.

For Artists

Artists Financial Support Group
Educates professional and student artists on nancial self-advocacy, advocates for legislative and institutional change in the cost of artist education, and innovates new ways to manage student loan debt and budget on an erratic income.

The Artist as Debtor
An online platform that publishes and shares news, events, and articles on the effects of debt on working artists.

Chicago Artists Resource
Provides jobs, calls, space rentals, and articles about the business and creative concerns of contemporary artists in Chicago.

Fractured Atlas
Fiscal sponsorship, insurance, professional development resources, and national advocacy on behalf of individuals working in the arts.

Illinois Arts Council Agency
Provides individual artists support via StARTS Program and Knowledge Center: business, education and funding resources, and a local arts network toolkit.

Working Artists for the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)
Works to regulate the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions and establish sustainable labor relations between artists and the institutions that contract them.

For Adjunct and Part-Time Faculty

AAUP Foundation (American Association of University Professors)
Initiatives include the Contingent Faculty Fund, One Faculty Campaign, Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor, Coalition on the Academic Workforce, Campus Equity Week, Collective Bargaining, and Negotiating Contingency.

Adjunct Nation
A wide range of resources for temporary faculty, including articles, job listings, personal perspectives, and research studies.

College Art Association
List of resources for part-time faculty.

The Delphi Project
Offers tools such as worksheets and literature on new faculty models, campus discussion materials, supplemental guides, and other resources for building awareness and creating change.

Faculty Forward
As Faculty Forward, full and part-time faculty are coming together to right the disparities that have lowered the bar in higher education. Building on the success of faculty unionization efforts across the country under the banner of Adjunct Action and other SEIU locals, Faculty Forward are uniting to elevate and escalate that work to win long-lasting and significant change for all faculty and students.

Illinois Education Association
Offers resources to Illinois elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers to help improve public education for all.

New Faculty Majority Foundation
Educates the public about the impact of the contingent faculty crisis on educational quality and the public good and mobilizes a broad coalition of constituencies to support ethical reform.

PrecariCorps: Agents for Higher Ed
Works to improve the lives of contingency faculty experiencing hardships by providing financial assistance, researches and disseminates information on the role of contingency faculty and how colleges operate in post-recession U.S. economy, and creates a searchable database of news about contingent faculty issues.

For Students Debtors

The Center for Economic Progress
Helps low-income, working families as a provider of financial education workshops and one-on-one financial coaching.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling
Offers advice and assistance in the repayment of student loans.

Strike Debt/The Debt Collective
A network of debt resistors that create organizations and initiatives to fight for economic justice. In 2012 they published The Debt Resistor’s Operations Manual that provides detailed strategies for  fighting common forms of debt and lays out an expansive vision for a societal movement of debt resistance. They also started the project Rolling Jubilee, which was created to liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support that buys debt for pennies on the dollar. That project has evolved into the new initiative The Debt Collective, which organizes debt resistance campaigns as a collective power by offering debtors a shared platform for advocacy and direct action.

Student Loan Borrower Assistance
Offers advice, assistance, and resources for those struggling with student loans.

Helps volunteers raise funds towards their student loan debt in exchange for volunteering in their community.

New Economy Project
Challenges corporations that harm communities and fosters democratically-structured, community-controlled initiatives such as worker cooperatives, community development credit unions, community land trusts, and mutual housing.

Occupy Student Debt Campaign
A list of online resources for students in debt.