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News Release

Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania Becomes First Museum Certified by W.A.G.E.

March 12, 2018

Today, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania (ICA) announced that it will be the first museum certified by W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy), a New York–based organization founded in 2008 that advocates for artists receiving fair compensation from institutions for the exhibition of their work. ICA joins a group of over 50 certified institutions since the program’s launch in 2014, including the Swiss Institute, Artists Space, Locust Projects, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, as well as the museum-related organization Open Space, a platform run by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art that publishes writings by curators, artists, and critics.

“ICA’s commitment to artists is at the core of everything we do. Our partnership with W.A.G.E. helps to set a new standard in the museum field, one that ensures equitable environments for the artists with whom we work,” said ICA Director Amy Sadao.“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, and hope that it will encourage other museums to do the same.”

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