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Making Work Visible Awards – January 23, 2024
Join us Tuesday, January 23 at 6pm to celebrate the CUNY undergraduates whose outstanding work in non-fiction, fiction, poetry and visual art won the prizes for 2023. LaborArts/Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education, 25 Broadway, 7th floor. RSVP required for entrance to building – email mwv@brooklyn.cuny.edu The Making Work Visible / Working People’s Lives Contest recognizes extraordinary work from CUNY students across the city. Their inspiring poems, essays and art are published each year on LaborArts. Learn more about the contest here.

Nominations now open for the 2024 Clara Lemlich Awards for Social Activism. Learn more here.

John Commerford Labor Education Awards – Video from the December 5 event will be available soon.

Bernhardt Labor Journalism Forum – Video from the November 8 event available here.

Memory in Cloth – Safety and Solidarity for New York City Garment Workers
A LaborArts Pop-Up Exhibit on view through November 17 at NYU’s Tamiment Library – online exhibit to come.

The 2023 Clara Lemlich Awards Ceremony was held on May 19, honoring prison reform organizer Barbara Martinsons, civil rights and UFT organizer Velma Hill, Chinatown union leader Alice Ip, Black and Latino cultural correspondent Angela Fontanez and urban environmentalist Olive Freud. Holocaust educator Anita Weisbord and Clara Lemlich’s daughter Rita Margules were honored in memoriam. Watch video from the event and see interviews with the honorees here.




We Are One – The 1982 Chinatown Garment Workers Strike with photos, videos and additional resources.

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 celebrated the life of our good friend and cherished colleague Henry Foner.  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 “artist 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  



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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