Labor Arts

Labor Arts LaborArts.org presents powerful images through online exhibitions to further understanding of the past and present lives of working people. Labor Arts was created in 2000 by Donald Rubin, Evelyn Jones Rich, Moe Foner (1915-2002), Henry Foner, Esther Cohen, Rachel Bernstein and Debra E.

Bernhardt (1953-2001), with skilled help from Ami Palombo, Keri A. Myers, Jeff Watt, Keith Bush, Angela Powell, Milton Glaser and others. The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, Bread and Roses, the cultural arm of the hospital workers' local 1199, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives/Tamiment Library at New York University were the founding sponsors. We described our mission in 2001: LABOR ARTS is a work in progress -- a virtual museum designed to gather, identify and display examples of the cultural and artistic history of working people and to celebrate the trade union movement’s contributions to that history. We invite you to become involved in this exciting project by giving us your suggestions about resources, collections and exhibitions that we can include on our website. In a letter of support, then president of the AFL-CIO John J. Sweeney urged all international unions to cooperate in locating for display on Labor Arts "the treasure trove of cultural objects that have moved workers into action from the very inception of our movement."

Mission: To present powerful images that encourage understanding and appreciation of the overlooked contributions working people make to our society.

Women of the ILGWU ride on a float in the shape of a giant sewing machine in the 1959 Labor Day parade, showing off the ...
09/07/2020

Women of the ILGWU ride on a float in the shape of a giant sewing machine in the 1959 Labor Day parade, showing off the tools of the trade and also wearing fashions manufactured by union members.

#laborday #laborday2020 #union #parade

More information about Labor Day at http://www.laborarts.org/LaborDay

Can you recognize  Union Square?The first Labor Day Parade was  celebrated  on Union Square, September 5, 1882. Workers ...
09/01/2020

Can you recognize Union Square?

The first Labor Day Parade was celebrated on Union Square, September 5, 1882. Workers were exercising their rights to free speech (and assembly) in this public space.

http://www.laborarts.org/extraordinary/

#laborday #labor #unionsquare

Over the 20th century citizens joined  union movements and demonstrated  for their rights as workers.Take a look at  Ord...
08/28/2020

Over the 20th century citizens joined union movements and demonstrated for their rights as workers.

Take a look at Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives which illustrate some key moments.

http://www.laborarts.org/extraordinary/

#union #movements #demonstration

Reminder!Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Contest deadline is this week!A chance to submit your work and win an award...
08/26/2020

Reminder!

Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Contest deadline is this week!

A chance to submit your work and win an award of up to $1000!!!

More information at http://www.laborarts.org/Bernhardt

"Forward through the Darkness.  Forward into Light". Celebrate the centennial of women getting the vote - Women’s Equali...
08/21/2020

"Forward through the Darkness. Forward into Light".

Celebrate the centennial of women getting the vote - Women’s Equality Day - by lighting the city in the suffrage movement color purple on August 26.

To get involved in the city-wide effort email [email protected]

Can you imagine life without water in the house?Today we can easily reach for cold and hot water at home  because of the...
08/17/2020
Labor Arts

Can you imagine life without water in the house?

Today we can easily reach for cold and hot water at home because of the pipes, but at the beginning of the 20th century indoor plumbing was expensive and most people could not afford it. People had to go outdoors and carry the water in. During 1920s the water and sewer pipes were laid rapidly because of health issues. During the 1970s Water Tunnel # 3 was built so the entire city got the safe water.

Take a look at the heroes who give us a chance to have clear water.

#pipes #water #nyc

More about the book is at
http://www.laborarts.org/extraordinary/

Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Contest deadline August 30, 2020The award is $1000 - do you have an article to nomin...
08/13/2020
Labor Arts

Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Contest deadline August 30, 2020

The award is $1000 - do you have an article to nominate that furthers the understanding of the history of working people?

If so, please enter it at LaborArts.org/Bernhardt.

Challenges faced by workers at Disneyland are the focus of 2019 award winning article.

A virtual museum exhibiting and cataloging the art of the labor movement and working people.

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives tells stories about real heroes- workers, immigrants and people of all ages who bui...
08/10/2020

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives tells stories about real heroes- workers, immigrants and people of all ages who built New York City with their blood, sweat, and tears.

The book is a great opportunity to see how ordinary people had their extraordinary lives.

#immigrants #workers #nyc

Order the book from NYUPress.org - use this code for 30% discount ORDINARYPPL30

More about the book is at http://www.laborarts.org/extraordinary/

What brings the world peace?. Is it people coming together in different ways. Carrier of peace by Sigrid Stode explores ...
07/28/2020

What brings the world peace?. Is it people coming together in different ways. Carrier of peace by Sigrid Stode explores these ideas.
#united #worldpeace #workersunited
Third Prize, Visual Arts, Sigrid Stode
www.laborarts.org/exhibits/contest2020/#3p-va

Journalism contest recognizes history of working people [US, Canada]
07/24/2020
Journalism contest recognizes history of working people [US, Canada]

Journalism contest recognizes history of working people [US, Canada]

Journalists who covered the history of working people can compete for this prize. LaborArts is accepting entries for the Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize. The contest is open to articles on historical events and articles about current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education) th...

Where clothes are made in garment factories aren't always thought of. But Made in by Areeba Zanub shows a realistic view...
07/24/2020

Where clothes are made in garment factories aren't always thought of. But Made in by Areeba Zanub shows a realistic view of a factory worker life. These workers are exploited for pay will it ever stop?.
#factorywork #pointofview #Bangladesh
Second Prize, Visual Arts, Areeba Zanub
www.laborarts.org/exhibits/contest2020/#2p-va

The shirts and pants you wear are made by immigrants. These immigrants vary from Latino countries some are even made by ...
07/21/2020

The shirts and pants you wear are made by immigrants. These immigrants vary from Latino countries some are even made by children. When you wear these clothes you have a privilege that these struggling immigrants don't . We as Americans should check our privilege when being ungrateful.
#immigrants #latinx #factorywork
First prize, Visual Arts, Briana Calderon-Navarro

www.laborarts.org/exhibits/contest2020/

Poor, medically fragile and traumatized children are the targets of Arlene Goldsmith's extraordinary efforts. For nearly...
07/20/2020

Poor, medically fragile and traumatized children are the targets of Arlene Goldsmith's extraordinary efforts. For nearly 40 years as the founding director of New Alternatives for Children she has worked to give disabled children a chance to have a long and happy life.

“I firmly believe that it is our responsibility as a civil society to make visible those who are invisible, and recognize the value of all in society.” - Arlene Goldsmith

http://www.laborarts.org/lemlichawards/2020/honorees/arlene-goldsmith.cfm

How did we get to America? were we already born here or did we migrate across the Atlantic ocean. The Stories We Tell Ac...
07/16/2020

How did we get to America? were we already born here or did we migrate across the Atlantic ocean. The Stories We Tell Across The Atlantic tells the story of African immigrants.
#immigrants #workingwomen #motherhood
Second prize, poetry , Aminata Gueye
http://www.laborarts.org/exhibits/contest2020/

How did black women manage life being single with children, cooking, cleaning and a job.  Made to Maid gives a glimpse i...
07/15/2020

How did black women manage life being single with children, cooking, cleaning and a job. Made to Maid gives a glimpse into a black woman's life in the 1940s. Through the same repeated hard days a black woman never gave up.
#1940s #vintage #blacklife #workingwomen
First prize, Poetry Made to Maid by Raki Jordan
www.laborarts.org/exhibits/contest2020/#3p-va

What do Sex workers do for a living?Do they stand on corners looking for clients in the night?. Do they post advertiseme...
07/14/2020

What do Sex workers do for a living?
Do they stand on corners looking for clients in the night?. Do they post advertisements on social media selling their bodies?. Could sex workers have another job such as being a college student. Is it possible for sex workers to not be stereotypical Scarlet Collars explores this idea. Second Prize, Fiction Scarlet Collars by Sonji Chin. www.laborarts.org/exhibits/contest2020/#3p-va

Madeline Anderson changed our perspectives by filming African-American people.“My films would be about real people in re...
07/13/2020
Labor Arts

Madeline Anderson changed our perspectives by filming African-American people.

“My films would be about real people in real time in the struggle for equality. The purpose of the films would not only be to change the image of Black people, but my hope was that my films would both educate and activate Black people to stay in the struggle.” - Madeline Anderson

http://www.laborarts.org/lemlichawards/2020/honorees/madeline-anderson.cfm

A virtual museum exhibiting and cataloging the art of the labor movement and working people.

What goes on in the life of a worker? Dino's Diner tells the story of two workers. Are these women lives similar to your...
07/08/2020

What goes on in the life of a worker? Dino's Diner tells the story of two workers. Are these women lives similar to yours?. Do you care about workers you come into contact with. Or do you go about your day.
First Prize, Fiction by: Julia Andresakis

Dino's Diner
www.laborarts.org/exhibits/contest2020/

“Organize and Fight Against Lynching!” was a pamphlet that attempted to organize African American and white textile work...
07/07/2020

“Organize and Fight Against Lynching!” was a pamphlet that attempted to organize African American and white textile workers in the South during the 1930’s. The pamphlet's message, however, was resisted by many in the public at the time. The pamphlet was issued in the early 1930’s by the International Labor Defense (ILD), which sent lawyers from the North to defend imprisoned strike leaders. To find out more about this pamphlet, or others like it, go to laborarts.org
#blacklivesmatter #blm #InternationalLaborDefense #ILD #protest #history #labor #protest #workingclass

After the election in 2016, when the Trump administration declared war on immigrants, Kitty Weiss Krupat joined the New ...
07/06/2020

After the election in 2016, when the Trump administration declared war on immigrants, Kitty Weiss Krupat joined the New Sanctuary Coalition. In her 80s, she stands for immigration rights and fights against racism and injustice.

" I walked through the door with no experience to offer. I would have swept the floor or taken out the garbage. Instead, I found myself learning and growing in a community bound together by common cause." - Kitty Weiss Krupat

http://www.laborarts.org/lemlichawards/2020/honorees/kitty-weiss-krupat.cfm

Jacob Lawrence was a prominent African American painter that depicted the daily life of African Americans and their hist...
06/30/2020

Jacob Lawrence was a prominent African American painter that depicted the daily life of African Americans and their history through his colorful and vivid art. Although his work is not realistic, it tells a vibrant story and shows busy streets (like the painting below), bars, and men/women working and relaxing. To find out more about Jacob Lawrence and explore more of his art, go to laborarts.org
#art #blm #laborarts #colorful #jacob #lawrence #newyork #nyc

Sister Mary Lanning has been an activist nun for over 60 years. She founded YES!Solutions, an organization that helps ev...
06/29/2020

Sister Mary Lanning has been an activist nun for over 60 years. She founded YES!Solutions, an organization that helps everybody who needs help. It provides meals, helps homeless people, people who are alone, people who lost their job and many others who need a hand.

“If you’re the one who sees it and it needs to be done, why not do it.”- Sister Mary Lanning

http://www.laborarts.org/lemlichawards/2020/honorees/sister-mary-lanning.cfm

Georgia Brooke Guinan (center) is the first transgender FDNY firefighter and is seen in the image below marching in the ...
06/23/2020

Georgia Brooke Guinan (center) is the first transgender FDNY firefighter and is seen in the image below marching in the 2011 NYC Pride Parade. Unfortunately, with 2020 NYC Pride cancelled we will not be able to see her march with the FDNY. To find out more about Georgia and other amazing women on the FDNY go to laborarts.org

A "City Indian" is what Gloria Miguel, a Kuna andRappahannock elder, calls herself.  In her 90s, until the pandemic kept...
06/22/2020

A "City Indian" is what Gloria Miguel, a Kuna and
Rappahannock elder, calls herself. In her 90s, until the pandemic kept her home she continued to travel and perform for audience around the world, with Spiderwoman, the first feminist indigenous theater group. They tell stories rooted in native mythology and dramatize issues like violence against women.

http://www.laborarts.org/lemlichawards/2020/honorees/gloria-
miguel.cfm

We will all miss and remember  Frances Goldin, a recipient of the Clara Lemlich Award.She was a Robin Hood of our time, ...
06/19/2020
Frances Goldin, a Crusader for the Lower East Side, Dies at 95

We will all miss and remember Frances Goldin, a recipient of the Clara Lemlich Award.

She was a Robin Hood of our time, “an advocate for affordable housing and a staunch defender of the poor,” said Sam Roberts. She was a civic leader and a literary agent, her activism, and her wisdom inspired people. People will continue to keep that wisdom in their hearts and share it with others.

For more information about Frances Goldin, please visit:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/18/nyregion/frances-goldin-dead.html

http://www.laborarts.org/lemlichawards2011

BOOK PARTY TONIGHT  - Celebrate the 20th Anniversary edition of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives- A Pictorial Histor...
05/14/2020
20th Anniversary Celebration of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

BOOK PARTY TONIGHT - Celebrate the 20th Anniversary edition of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives- A Pictorial History of Working People in New York City.

Thursday May 14, 2020 (6:00 - 7:15 PM)

The extraordinary efforts of ordinary people are visible during this pandemic as never before.

Join us for a virtual panel discussion with young workers about documenting working people’s lives..

This event will be presented virtually, please register to receive the link and password to the event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/20th-anniversary-celebration-of-ordinary-people-extraordinary-lives-tickets-104058395462 Closed captioning will be available.


Author Rachel Bernstein will be joined by Commissioner Pauline Toole, Manhattan Borough Historian Rob Snyder, former head of the New York City Central Labor Council Ed Ott, organizer Myriam Hernandez, construction worker Shi Greene, electrician Shauna Irving and teacher Donna Chin.

Sponsored by LaborArts, New York Labor History Association, NYU’s Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, NYC Department of Records and Information Services, Municipal Archives, and New York City Central Labor Council.

Order the book from NYUPress.org - use this code for 30% discount ORDINARYPPL30 R

More about the event is at www.LaborArts.org/OPEL

The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives - A Pictorial History of Working People in New York City.

ATTENTION!The extraordinary 2020 Lemlich honorees will be announced tomorrow,  May 8, 2020.The Clara Lemlich Awards for ...
05/08/2020
Labor Arts

ATTENTION!

The extraordinary 2020 Lemlich honorees will be announced tomorrow, May 8, 2020.

The Clara Lemlich Awards for social activism honor women in their 80s – 100s who have been working hard to change the world and bring a lot of reforms to make our life better.

On Friday May 8 please visit www.LaborArts.org/LemlichAwards to be introduced to Gloria Miguel, Sister Mary Lanning, Kitty Weiss Krupat, Arlene Goldsmith and Madeline Anderson.

Although we cannot hold the ceremony that was planned for this day, we hope to invite you all to another event in the near future.

Be well and do not miss these extraordinary stories.

A virtual museum exhibiting and cataloging the art of the labor movement and working people.

Ordinary People book launch on Thursday, May 14 at  6-7:15pm. Join us for a virtual panel discussion with young workers ...
05/01/2020
Labor Arts

Ordinary People book launch on Thursday, May 14 at 6-7:15pm.

Join us for a virtual panel discussion with young workers about documenting working people’s lives and a celebration of the 20th Anniversary paperback edition of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives - A Pictorial History of Working People in New York City, by Rachel Bernstein and Debra E. Bernhardt.

RSVP by e-mail to [email protected] to receive log-in information

Order the book from NYUPress.org - use this code for 30% discount ORDINARYPPL30

For more information visit http://www.laborarts.org/OPEL/

A virtual museum exhibiting and cataloging the art of the labor movement and working people.

We will  all  miss Perry Rosenstein
04/17/2020

We will all miss Perry Rosenstein

LABORARTS honors the passing of wonderful Perry Rosenstein. With the Puffin Foundation, Gladys and Neal Perry celebrated the lives of lifelong women activists at the Museum of the City of New York in a tribute that was, for the women and for the packed audiences, the highlight of their year. We are grateful to have known Perry, and to have been one of the thousands of recipients of his generosity and grace. Rachel Bernstein and Esther Cohen

Commemorate the 109th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire online today, on March 25th, 2020.
03/25/2020

Commemorate the 109th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire online today, on March 25th, 2020.

The deadline for the contest is in just three days, so don't miss this opportunity to win  $1000!The Making Work Visible...
03/06/2020

The deadline for the contest is in just three days, so don't miss this opportunity to win $1000!

The Making Work Visible contest, open to all CUNY undergraduates, has four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and visual art.

Submit your work at LaborArts.org/contest.


“New York City’s workforce includes members of the hardest working people in the nation: immigrants...” This is an excerpt from one of the 2017-2018 contest winners.

#cuny #laborarts #makingworkvisible #contest #workers

Terrific article about Lemlich honoree Vinie Burrows and other impressive actors still doing great things onstage in the...
12/19/2019
200 Years of Experience, and Still Learning Onstage

Terrific article about Lemlich honoree Vinie Burrows and other impressive actors still doing great things onstage in the later decades of life.

Lois Smith, Estelle Parsons and Vinie Burrows on age, agility, perseverance and steering clear of “self-pitying old” roles.

"They look hopeless, exhausted; they work fifteen hours a day leaving them with no time to dream, to progress. Who are t...
11/18/2019

"They look hopeless, exhausted; they work fifteen hours a day leaving them with no time to dream, to progress. Who are they? Those who make coffee this morning at the local cafeteria, those who prepare that delicious breakfast sandwich before work, those who serve food at a restaurant, those who clean houses."
This is an excerpt by Jenifer Vivar, one of our "Making Work Visible" contest winners.
Think you have what it takes to win the contest? Visit Laborarts.org/contest for more information & to see past winners' work.

"The time on her alarm clock is set half an hour fast/to soften the shock of early morning—/as if the thought of waking ...
11/14/2019

"The time on her alarm clock is set half an hour fast/
to soften the shock of early morning—/
as if the thought of waking up at 5 a.m. instead of 4:30/
might somehow make the workday go by quicker.

This is an excerpt from Alexander Radison's poem, "4:30 AM".
Check out LaborArts.org/contest for details on how to enter.

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