Lise Soskolne

Lise Soskolne is an artist and Core Organizer of W.A.G.E. She has 17 years of work experience in non-profit arts presenting and development at venues that have included Anthology Film Archives, Artists Space, Diapason Gallery for Sound, Meredith Monk/The House Foundation for the Arts, Participant Inc. and Roulette Intermedium. In 2007 she founded and managed the arts component in the broader regeneration of Industry City, a 6.5-million sq ft industrial complex on the South Brooklyn waterfront. Its goal was to establish a new paradigm for industrial redevelopment that would not displace artists, workers, local residents or industry but would instead build a sustainable community of working artists in a context that integrated cultural and industrial production.

Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E) is a New York-based activist group whose advocacy is focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions, and establishing a sustainable model for best practices between artists and the institutions that contract their labor. Since 2008 W.A.G.E. has delivered speeches, made videos, held open meetings, teach-ins, coffee klatches and workshops, W.A.G.E. RAGING in panel discussions and symposia at museums, galleries, conferences, festivals, schools, summits, and art fairs. Four years after The 2010 W.A.G.E. Artist Survey gathered data about the payment practices of New York City non-profits, W.A.G.E. has established a certification program that publicly recognizes those institutions paying artist fees meeting a minimum payment standard. W.A.G.E. Certification was established as a policy and regulatory tool at the 2014 W.A.G.E. Summit and was launched in October 2014.