The 34th Annual Great Labor Arts Exchange and Conference on Creative Organizing kicks off today and runs through Monday at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Md. One of the event's highlights, an “Occupy Now” concert and performance, will feature Joe Hill awardees and the DC Labor Chorus, Charm City Labor Chorus and special performances by participants of the Great Labor Arts Exchange, Camp Solidarity and the Conference on Creative Organizing.
Sponsored by the Labor Heritage Foundation , the Great Labor Arts Exchange celebrates the rich cultural heritage of working people and brings together talented labor artists, activists, cultural workers, educators and students.
They share experiences and offer advice on combining union mobilization and outreach with songs, skits, art, poetry, theater, posters, cartoons and film.
Participants will learn to use cultural tools to combat fear, get members involved, attract media attention, integrate contemporary or pop culture into organizing strategies and inject excitement into union and political campaign.
Click here for the full schedule of events and workshops.