Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art announced this week that it is the first museum to be certified by W.A.G.E.
Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) is a New York-based group that advocates fair compensation for artists from institutions showing their work. W.A.G.E. has developed a set of guidelines to compensate artists for their participation: flat fees for nonprofit organizations with smaller annual budgets of $500,000 or less, and a tool for larger institutions that calculates a fair fee as a percentage of an organization’s annual operating expenses. The ICA in Philadelphia has an operating budget of $4.8 million and joins over 50 other W.A.G.E.-certified institutions, including “Artists Space, the Swiss Institute, Participant Inc., and Open Space, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s online platform for writings by curators, artists, and critics,” according to ARTnews. “We’re proud to be the first museum to join this diverse group of arts and culture institutions across the U.S. who are certified,” the ICA’s director, Amy Sadao, said in a statement, “and hope that it will encourage other museums to do the same.”