The Great Discontent has posted a great interview with American graphic designer, educator, and author Ellen Lupton. She talks about her trajectory in the field of graphic design, putting in 150%— and her current project: a novel about a young woman entering the world of design!
It is every workers legal right to unionize. Adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) are unionizing to ensure job security, proportional access to benefits, compensation that equitably reflects the value of their teaching, and legal protection against unfair dismissal or discipline. Ballots have gone out to adjunct faculty and voting has begun. The only people allowed to vote, are the adjunct faculty who would be members of the union.
Our administration continues to send intimidating union busting emails to the adjunct faculty to persuade them to vote no.
On Friday, April 4th a group of students hand delivered a petition from the MICA community asking President Fred Lazarus to listen to his community and halt efforts to union bust and remain neutral as voting begins. On Monday April 7th, President Fred Lazarus responded in a follow up email stating that he will not remain neutral on this issue.
why this is important as a student :
we all have a high chance of becoming adjunct faculty one day and would want to be treated fairly
tuition rises every year and adjunct faculty have not received a raise since the 1990’s. if our tuition is not directly going to the people facilitating our education, where is it going?
one of the petition testimonials says it best:
" [ I support the adjunct union ] Because artists are generally undermined, undervalued, and underpaid in our society - if we cannot respect and treat artists fairly within art institutions, how can we expect to be respected and valued elsewhere?”
questions, inquires, want to be part of the organizing action? email email@example.com
As the controversy against RuPaul’s Drag Race’s arguably transphobic vocabulary continues to grow, one of its most famous former contestants Carmen Carrera has come down decidedly against the language.
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“INTRODUCTION (AN OUTLINE FOR ART WORLD STUDIES) Art makes us perform. This is not a comment on how we become motivated to make performance art. Instead, I mean to say that the social environment constructed around art leads to a particular kind of conduct among those exposed to it. This conduct is manifested in formal and informal ways—ranging from conversations and subtle social interactions to formal presentations that can be academic or simply promotional; they can be merely intuitive or highly calculated. We make art in a particular social context, it becomes enveloped in an art world, and that, in turn, influences our behavior. So, to elaborate on my initial statement: artists make art that creates an art world that makes all of us who belong to that world perform. And, as we perform, we contribute to the construction of an art scene. The main premise of this book is that contemporary art makes us perform self-conscious or instinctive interpretive acts; and that the construction of value in artworks is determined less by the objects themselves than by the nature of our interpretive performances, having a trickle-down effect on practically every aspect of art in society.”
The MICA Adjunct faculty is trying to start a union, and students are organizing to show their support as the administration continues unethical union busting tactic.
If you attend MICA or are in the Baltimore area, please come to Cafe Doris, 1470 Mt. Royal Avenue at 5pm this Friday to learn more about what we can do.
Why should you care about supporting the adjunct union as a student? As our tuition rises every year administrators keep accepting yearly pay raises. The last raise for our adjunct professors was back in the 90’s. MICA is an educational institution, created to serve us, the students. If the people directly facilitating our education aren’t being treated fairly we should not stand by idly, especially when a projected career path for many of us is to become college professors.
Demand transparency, it is our right.
in the mean time, PLEASE sign this petition to show your support, a print out with direct testimonials will be hand delivered to Fred Lazarus tomorrow afternoon.