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Articulating Value in the Arts: Symposium

  • Living Arts Collective 410 West Geer Street Durham, NC, 27701 United States (map)

Culture Mill will produce Articulating Value in the Arts: Symposium on September 23rd at Living Arts Collective in Durham, NC from 10am to 3pm. The event will represent the culmination of Culture Mill’s 1-year conversation series and sustained consideration of the relationship between art and value. Activities will include the release of a self-produced book containing original writings, interviews and relevant texts, as well as several live presentations on new research and local initiatives originating from the project. The symposium will feature several breakout discussion groups before finishing with a panel discussion from local arts professionals and academics on the relationship between art and value. Learn more at

Articulating Value in the Arts is a project initiated by Culture Mill co-directors Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon, co-led by local artists Chris Vitiello and Ginger Wagg, and supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. Articulating Value in the Arts hopes to seed new opportunities for a diverse arts community through greater discussion among artists on the relationship between art and value. The project has consisted of nearly 30 meetings between Noonan, Elizéon, Vitiello and Wagg, 5 larger artist gatherings held in Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Saxapahaw with attendance ranging between 10 and 40 local artists per gathering, and numerous formal and informal interviews with colleagues and visiting artists.

The Symposium on September 23rd will provide an overview of experiences and observations gleaned over the course of the project from the leading team. Laura Ritchie, director of The Carrack Modern Art, will present her research on the Durham art market, initiated in part by her participation the Articulating Value project. Artist and accountant Jessica Jones will speak about the possibility for a Professional Artist Resource Center (or PARC), which has also sprung from the project. Tommy Noonan will speak about the national artist movement for fair artist pay: Working Artists and the Greater Economy (or W.A.G.E) and Culture Mill’s efforts to become the first W.A.G.E-certified non-profit organization in the southeast. Breakout discussions will be led by local administrators in the public arts sector, as well as by arts services organizations such as Triangle Art Works, and will seek to provide arts professionals with new perspectives, information and contacts. The final panel discussion will be moderated by Indyweek Arts and Culture Editor: Brian Howe, and will feature a discussion on art and value from perspectives such as race and class, institutions and infrastructure, the future of artist payment and labor and the future of arts in North Carolina and in the US.

Tickets are $15, general admission; $10 for students/seniors/artists.

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