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HENRY FONER, good friend and cherished colleague, died on January 11, 2017 at the age of 97.  He will be missed by many.  Find recordings of him singing some of his songs in our Thursdays TiIl Nine and Play it Again, Sam exhibits, and information about his book of verse here.


BERNHARDT LABOR JOURNALISM AWARD -  Enter the 2017 contest here. The 2015-2016 winner is Chloe Kent, for her article "The Women of New York's Bravest" in Enchantress magazine, May 2016.  The award was announced at a forum at NYU's Tamiment Library on October 13, 2016.  Columnist and broadcast journalist Juan Gonzalez joined historian Kimberly Phillips-Fein for a discussion about using history to improve reporting on current labor issues, with Tom Robbins returning as moderator; Jon Bloom spoke about Bernhardt.  See our online exhibit about Bernhardt's work here.


CLARA LEMLICH AWARDS -  The 2016 ceremony was held Monday May 9, 2016 at the Puffin Gallery for Social Activism at Museum of the City of New York, honoring  Teresa Chan, Etta Dixon, Bea Kleir, Eva Kollisch and Naomi Replansky.  Video from the event, and wonderful Interviews with the honorees can be found  here.  Photos are here, and additional video is here.


"MAKING WORK VISIBLE" -  THE CUNY/LABORARTS CONTEST  -  The ceremony honoring the 2016 winners - undergraduate writers, poets and artists - was held on April 19.  The new exhibit featuring their prize-winning essays, poems and art is now available here.


NEW EXHIBIT - "Making History Personal," an exhibit about Bernhardt's work, is now available.





Remembering Ralph Fasanella - featuring twelve remarkable paintings by this socially engaged artist who was often called an "aftist of the people."  


 Meet Us in St. Louis - A collection of Labor Art from around the country and across the century.  Start with the image of the week and add your observations.


On Equal Terms - Women in trades, 35 years and still....    Poetry and mixed media by artist and electrician Susan Eisenberg.


Defending the Social Safety Net  


For Better or Verse  -- video and audio of Henry Foner singing songs from the new book.


 Women Firefighters in New York City  




HENRY FONER   SONGS AND POEMS (FOR BETTER OR WORSE) is our first publication.  Listen to recordings of songs from Henry's student activist days in the 1930s and 40s on the Labor Arts exhibit "Play it Again, Sam."  See the table of contents and purchase the book here.






Labor Art from St. Louis features highlights from the Feldacker collection of paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture on the theme of work and workers.


Why Unions -- Art from the National Maritime Union  features graphic art from the 1940s by Harold Price, Rockwell Kent and William Gropper


Landscape of Lost Arts    Vanished Structures and Forgotten Skills   --  Janet Wells Greene curates images of artisans and union craftsmen building and rebuilding the NYC skyline


We Love A Parade    Union Banners Then and Now  --  featuring four labor banners from the 19th century and 27 banners from the twentieth century NYC garment industry


Sisters in the Brotherhoods  -- Jane Latour interviews women who were pioneers in skilled blue-collar jobs


The ILGWU:  Social Unionism in Action  -- garment union initiatives in organizing, immigration, civil rights, health care and culture           


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