Kick-Off Party: Friday, January 24, 6 – 9 pm
Special Lab Hours Thursday – Saturday 12-6p + by appt.
ORGANIZED BY CWEC + MWHH
The Art Workers Lab’s core programs will be organized by and with Culture Workers Education Center (“CWEC”), Museum Workers Happy Hour (“MWHH”), and PS122 Gallery. Additionally, the organizers will invite a diverse group of partners and projects to convene at PS122 Gallery and work on ongoing or new projects that focus on the development of tangible resources for workers in the arts. One such project is the featured Documents of Resistance, with a focus on workers of color, by MWHH co-organizer and artist Antonio Serna.
During the lab, MWHH will hold five sessions to develop The Museum Workers Manifesto. Museum workers from across New York City—including workers at cultural and community centers/organizations—will collaborate on a collective document rooted in ethics, accountability, equity, and workers’ rights that envisions the kind of mutual support that can be given and received from the museum community, be it employers, co-workers, contractors, specialists, visitors, community members, both local and international.
New interventions, collaborations, and experiments will be coupled with information- and resource-sharing cultivated for the duration of the lab. There are opportunities for labor-focused groups beyond the organizers’ existing and preferred networks to find time and space for their community/public engagement. Groups wishing to contribute should plan to organize or participate in at least one program at the gallery during the Lab in order to refine an ongoing process, solicit feedback on their ideas, display final resources, or make visible their process of developing ideas.
Programs and experiments may produce through their process: visual content, printed or electronic media, and communications materials, or other resources that contribute to a growing body of shared resources.