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BERNHARDT LABOR JOURNALISM FORUM -  The 2020 Debra E. Bernhardt Award for Labor Journalism was held October 13, and there is now a video recording available here. Labor journalist and author Steven Greenhouse and Culture Workers Education Center founder Natasha Bunten discussed the critical role of history in labor reporting.    Details.


2021 CLARA LEMLICH AWARDS -  Honoring unsung heroines, women who have been working for the larger good all  their lives.  Join us Monday May 10 to honor the extraordinary 2021 honorees, Barbara Dane - Activist Singer; Suelika Cabrera Drinane - Advocate for the Elderly; Debby King - Union Fighter; Wilhelmina Perry - LGBT Convener;  and Muriel Tillinghast - Movement Organizer.  Register for the zoom event here.


"MAKING WORK VISIBLE" - CUNY / LABORARTS CONTEST  The 2020 awards ceremony was held (virtually) on April 28, 2020. Read the award winning fiction, non-fiction and poetry and see the art here.





Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary paperback edition of the Bernhardt and Bernstein book Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives, A Pictorial History of Workers in New York City.


CALLING UP HENRY, celebrating the life of our good friend and cherished colleague Henry Foner, was held on Tuesday April 4, 2017 at the 1199 SEIU Penthouse  Find recordings of Henry singing some of his songs in our Thursdays TiIl Nine and Play it Again, Sam exhibits, and information about his book of verse here.


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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