SOTA is an open accessible movement, offering different ways of connecting:
1. BE PART OF OUR POLL TOOL
A few times a year we reach out to a large number of artists with a short online survey to know e.g. what you think about a new regulation, how you do financially… In this way, we base our proposals to policy makers or our claims to the press on a wide base of experiences.
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2. JUST COME CHECK IT OUT
Be welcome at our meetings in Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp or elsewhere. Our monthly SOTA Café is an informal space to meet others, pitch ideas, share concerns and brainstorm on how to take action to change something. Our 4 Seasonal Meetings are larger meetings on specific topics, open for all SOTA volunteers, interested art workers and other human beings.
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3. START YOUR OWN INITIATIVE
Do you have an idea for a project to change the conditions in the art world? And you’re looking for peers and fellows? SOTA can help you to build a working group under SOTA’s large umbrella.
4. ENGAGE IN A SUPPORT TEAM
We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers like us, to help in communication, production, care taking, knowledge production, politics and/or admin & finance… In SOTA everyone engages according to their time and abilities.
5. SUPPORT US
To guarantee a minimum of solid ground under SOTA as a volunteer movement (without any structural funding), there’s the SOTA Sustainment Fund.
Become one of our 350 sustainers and keep SOTA independent.
- Pay every month: 2,50 euro / 5 euro / 10 euro / free choice
- Do a yearly donation: 100 euro / 250 euro / 500 euro / free choice
In SOTA everyone engages according to their own abilities. We respect every decision you take. Every donation is at any time cancellable. Mollie is a solid and reliable payment service.
What will we use the money for?
> Solidarity fund. If active volunteers find themselves in financial precarity, we support them through a solidarity fund
> Create better communication tools. Our website needs revision. Clear communication in at least 2 languages (ENG and NL) is the base of our functioning. SOTA can do better here: more transparent and accessible.
> Financial independence. SOTA has found partners and governmental funding for many of her projects. Yet for our structural costs, we want to make sure we can function independently from those who we also want to be critical about.
> Pay the fees of our two coordinators. To guarantee consistent functioning, we created a coordination team of two people, working one day a week. They are the only paid jobs in an otherwise voluntary system of people that contribute their time, knowledge and expertise according to their own time and abilities.
> Professional expertise. If time-consuming professional external work is needed, we pay fair prices, considering this as an investment in the long term.