CitiGroup Has 2,909,547 Reasons To Ask Artists For Free Labor

CitiCenterGangLike a great many artists, I work a day-job.

For many years, that day-job was that of a substitute teacher. So, it was a natural fit that I supplemented my income as a teaching artist for summer and after-school programs. During this time, I regularly sent résumés to any number of programs with the hope of either adding to my supplemental income, or perhaps becoming a full-time teaching artist.

One organization from which I periodically attempted to get a hearing was the education department of the Citi Performing Arts Center. The CitiCenter, as it is most commonly known, is the public name of Wang Center for the Performing Arts Inc., which, in 2006, entered into a 15 year agreement with CitiGroup that gave the the latter naming rights.

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Twice monthly, ArtsNash is delighted to feature articles from our partner The Clyde Fitch Report. The contributors to CFR cast their journalistic eyes on the worlds of arts and politics. Follow The Clyde Fitch Report on Facebook and Twitter. Ian Thal is the author of the preceding article.

Ian Thal is a playwright and theater educator based in the Boston area. He is a performer and teacher of mime and commedia dell’arte. Due to a twist of fate his poetry is probably better known in Albanian than in the original English. He contributes to The Arts Fuse as well as to The Clyde Fitch Report. Follow his activities and provocations on Twitter, @ianthal, or on his imaginatively named blog, From the Journals of Ian ThalHe also works in old-fashioned print-journalism as the Community Editor for The Jewish Advocate.

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