Art$Pay is an in-depth tool and portal for the promotion of the visual arts sector in Waterloo Region that focuses on employment, marketing, education, professional development, and public awareness. The goal is to make others’ projects, efforts and events easier and more successful by providing essential information in one organized, central location; a conduit to art, education, information, and a wide range of services and skills that are currently not easily accessed or well publicized.
Art$Pay is a visual arts website, a job site, a public education campaign, and a new conversation for Waterloo Region—a positive one centered on opportunities and fair compensation. The Art$Pay project is the outcome of extensive consultations across Waterloo Region, asking people in the arts sectors, as well as other sectors, about problems and potential solutions in order to strengthen both the arts sector and promote regional arts and culture.
Developing a comprehensive online resource and directory provides a conduit for the public and other sectors to visualize art, education, information, and a wide range of services and skills that are currently not easily accessed or well publicized. The goal is to make others’ projects, efforts, and events easier and more successful by providing a centralized location, as well as information that is necessary to connect, plan, and negotiate business transactions.
It is intended that the website be built out by community feedback, and by supply and demand. An increased sense of community, belonging, and support within the visual arts sector is an important objective.
According to recent Vital Signs reports, artists are among the lowest income earners in Waterloo Region. A grant from The KWCF provided funding necessary for the development and launch of the Art$Pay program, which is designed to address this concern and to strengthen our regional arts and culture sector.
Future self-sufficiency is an Art$Pay strategic planning goal. Until such a time, a $125 donation maintains this new economic development tool for one week: this covers the costs involved in promoting and connecting visual arts practitioners, their work and diverse skills to new markets, and income sources and opportunities.
Donations are needed to cover expenses involved in daily website maintenance, which is necessary in order for it to be a useful tool. Donations will also go towards creating a future designed-for-Art$Pay website with more effective functionality, such as a better search feature. Helping Art$Pay helps many!
Createscape sponsors Art$Pay as a charitable activity, and donations can be made using this link, which takes you to Createscape’s Canada Helps page where Art$Pay is listed under “Current Campaigns.”