WPA calls for entry and workshops are always free to members. Member artists receive a free online profile on our online artist registry where they can showcase and sell their work. Members also have access to an up-to-date list of current opportunities, residencies, and events.
WPA is in the process of converting from an artist-centered to a more artist-driven model. Future projects will be conceived and realized increasingly "by artists, for artists," meaning that artists will conceive, curate, produce, contextualize, and critique the majority of our activities.
Artists are invited to submit a 100 word project proposal on an ongoing basis by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage artists to propose shows not with their own work but instead with artists they work in close dialogue with, or artists they may not know but would like to have an opportunity to work with. Proposals could be for a range of different projects including public work, site-specific installations, workshops, talks, and performances.
WPA is DC's first W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) certified organization -- and the first to be certified between New York City and Miami as of February 2017.
This exemplifies our longstanding commitment to pay artists fairly and acknowledge their labor as having value in and of itself. W.A.G.E. has set fee guidelines (as a percentage of an organization's budget) and organizations that consistently pay fees at or above the minimum threshold are eligible for certification.