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artsworkers should be
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Labour in the arts


About us

Labour in the Arts is an artsworker collective that attempts to observe and demystify the Canadian arts industry through experimentation and with creative projects.


We want to empower our community by creating pathways to knowledge, so that anyone can critically navigate the industry — and challenge the conditioned notion that institutionalized education is a prerequisite to succeed in the arts.


The Canadian cultural ecosystem is mystified and vague, which makes it challenging for newcomers/emerging artsworkers to thrive and grow. We want to shift industry discussions around cultural policy and institutional practices from the boardroom to the workroom.


Our collective was created in 2020, and is currently grassroots and volunteer run. Our work is evolving and in very slow progress. This website is one of the first projects in our strategic vision. 


We have not written this strategic vision yet.

(For now, majority of our work is trying to book a zoom meeting over three time zones across Canada)

Let's deconstruct and
re-imagine the work we do
— our current project

Our collective's official first project — we are conducting interviews to collect lived experiences. What is it that our peers really "need"? What realities are they facing?  If this phase of our research is successful, our next steps will be to engage with artist/artsworkers to "build" this new imagined world.


Phase 1

We are interviewing artist/artsworkers across Canada in various disciplines to participate in a designed workshop to imagine their ideal artsworld.


Phase 2

We are reaching out to individuals who can tap into their own communities to facilitate a more focused imagination exercise — on designing an ideal section of their artsworld.

our collective

This is the team who are working on this website, whenever we have time. If you are interesting in working with us in any capacity,

You can reach all of us at

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Jason Li
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Jason Li (he/him) holds a MEd in Curriculum & Pedagogy at OISE University of Toronto and a BA (Hons.) in Arts Management, Music & Culture, and Sociology at University of Toronto Scarborough. His independent research focuses on critically assessing arts labour reports and the history of precarity in the arts.


He looks forward to the infinite conversations that can arise from this website. 

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Emily Jung
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Emily is an artist and artsworker working in Toronto with a focus on the nonprofit arts sector.

She has been working in cultural organizations such as The Theatre Centre, Toronto International Festival of Authors and Theatre Passe Muraille with a keen interest in Canadian cultural policy, nonprofit labour advocacy and community centric fundraising.

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Amanda Lin
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Amanda Lin 林美智 (she/her) is a queer Taiwanese-Canadian playwright, director, producer, and performer. She is interested in using art and storytelling to cultivate compassionate and dynamic communities. Currently, she can be found producing the Performance and XR conference and leading emerging artist programs at Nightwood Theatre, as well as collaborating with the Labour in the Arts Collective on free community events for artsworkers.


Her first full-length play, Between a Wok and a Hot Pot premiered with Cahoots Theatre in January 2023 and received 6 Dora nominations in the Independent category, including Outstanding Performance for Amanda and Outstanding Production. 


Amanda enjoys lying on the floor.

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Wing is an emerging artist and arts worker who graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough (HBA) in Arts Management, Studio Art and Curatorial Studies.


She has worked in art groups and organizations such as InsideOut Film Festival, ARTSIDEOUT 2020, Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and 'Spread Arts: The Pandemic Auction!'


Navigating a career path as an arts labourer is allowing her to experience & observe issues that are seldom discussed/ taught in the classroom nor within the sector. She believes that through a creative practice of learning, researching and decoding, more peers like herself can better understand and get involved in important conversations that can impact us in many different ways.


Thank you

This project is made possible thanks to funding from the
Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council
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