Monthly Archives: April 2012

Interns! Know Your Rights poster

On April 25, 2012, Arts & Labor approved the release and distribution of the informational flyer “Interns! Know Your Rights.” The flyer was prepared to help curb and reverse an ongoing threat to the health, sustainability and vibrancy of the arts production economy: uncompensated labor in the form of unpaid internships. With the intention of spreading information and raising consciousness, Arts & Labor hopes it is read, reproduced and disseminated widely, whether on college campuses, at workplaces, or anywhere else that interested parties will encounter its message.
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Six Major Arts Job Boards Served Letters Calling for an End to Exploitative Practice

On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, six major online job boards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts’ Jobs in the Arts, the Association of American Publishers’,,, and, were served letters calling for an end to the publishing of classified listings for unpaid internships at for-profit businesses.Collectively the six job boards channel thousands of unpaid workers to for-profit businesses in a variety of creative industries including the visual arts, publishing, theater, film, television and electronic media, without regard for the ethics or legality of such arrangements, thereby undermining the overall health and sustainability of the labor market within those industries.The letters expand ongoing Arts & Labor #OWS efforts against unpaid internships at for-profit businesses. The initiative began on February 1, 2012 with a call to the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to end their practice of listing these illegal jobs.

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Letter to the New York Foundation for the Arts (Jobs in the Arts)
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