Admin is a space for arts administrators to support one another, discuss pressing issues, and workshop new forms of cultural institutions. Admin does so by developing resources and organizing events that draw on personal experience and a collaborative spirit. All meetings are free.
Based in New York City, Admin's current administrators include Tracy Fenix, Noe Gaytan, Melissa Liu, Natalia Nakazawa, Kira Simon-Kennedy and David Xu Borgonjon. Admin meetings are generously supported by CUE Art Foundation.
As part of our participation in TITLE TBD, an exhibition curated by Meghana Karnik at the Cleveland Institute of Art's Reinberger Gallery, we compiled four years of events, resources, and notes into a publication. Please read it!
"Artists working as administrators in cultural institutions are real effectors of change within the arts ecosystem. Their labor keeps institutions afloat day-to-day, and their consciousness as artist and worker keeps employing institutions relevant and responsive to common needs across the field. Their love and commitment to artists is in surplus to their professional experience and responsibilities—and vulnerable to exploitation in institutions focused on self-preservation. It is not uncommon to find arts workers underhired or navigating traumatic stress due to misaligned leadership priorities. As more arts workers begin to organize for healthier and more regulated workplaces, institutions that are structured to avoid liability and disparagement miss the mark on loving arts workers back."