Workers Art Coalition (WAC) will share their latest project, Illuminating History—an archive about the work life of IBEW Local 3 union electricians that will eventually be housed in the Library of Congress. After a brief introduction to their work, members of the WAC will invite the audience to engage in conversation using prompts from questionnaires that were distributed to union workers. The conversation will touch on the relationship between work, art, and life. After the conversation, a short selection of audio clips from the Illuminating History interviews will be played to represent the voice of the workers and the essence of the archive.
Members of the Worker’s Art Coalition, Setare Arashloo, Barrie Cline, Kenny Cohen, Stella Fafalio, Eliza Gagnon, Shantar Gibson, Afiya Jackson, Jaime Lopez, and Paul Vance, will exhibit documentation of their actions around labor issues. The Worker’s Art Coalition is a collective of union workers who come together to demonstrate how art can build and strengthen labor movements. Through participation, action, and dialogue, The Worker’s Art Coalition gives attention to the diverse individuals who actively shape the developing history of labor movements and union organizing.