Mission Statement

Sex workers are everywhere and we have always been part of the story. The #OldProProject seeks to elevate sex worker history through art, and to strengthen community networks by funding and supporting collaborative projects. Our goal is to change the stories that are told about sex workers. We believe that by reclaiming our place in history, we can claim our human rights for generations past, present, and future.


Proposal Deadline: June 30, 2021
Applicants Contacted: Mid July, 2021
Accepted Proposals Announced: August 15, 2021
Artwork Created: August 1 – November 15, 2021
Deadline to Complete Art: November 15, 2021
Artwork Launched: January 25, 2022


Applications are currently closed.

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How It Works

This is a project of Old Pros. Old Pros is is calling artists and collectives to bring sex worker history to life through art in all mediums. This is a fiscally sponsored project through The Oldest Profession Podcast, which has an archive of episodes dedicated to sex worker history. Applicants are encouraged to select people or events covered in podcast episodes to inspire the creation of artwork.

Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2021. Accepted projects will begin August 15, 2021 and be completed by November 15, 2021. All artwork will be launched on January 25, 2022 to commemorate the first known sex worker protest in the USA (January 25, 1917).

Selected projects will be funded up to $10,000.

The #OldProProject will host optional weekly check ins to collectively plan, co-work, and make relevant connections between other project groups around the country. Project teams will be invited to speak on The Oldest Profession Podcast about their process as a lead up to the January 25th launch date. Project teams are encouraged to document their process.

In commissioning artwork associated with the #OldProProject, Old Pros will retain licensing rights to use pieces submitted to the #OldProProject in future endeavors such as social media posts, documentaries, printed material, etc. Artists will retain rights to their artwork, but will be required to sign a contract granting Old Pros licensing rights to intellectual property created as a part of the #OldProProject. Click here to view the licensing agreement.


Past #OldProProject Examples

Been Around (Since the Old Days) music video inspired by Madam Lou Graham

Before Stonewall, There Was Compton’s documentary on the Compton’s Cafeteria Uprisings

But I Am Here anthology commemorating many lives, including Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera