MayWorks: Labor Celebrates the Arts


Historical Labor Photographs

Labor Art

Lecture Series

Workshops and Film Series

Work. It’s what we all do every day . . .

Work. It’s what we all do every day . . . and sometimes it feels like it consumes us. But work also gives us our identity, and the kinds of work people do gives rise to inspiration in the form of art, music, and culture. In the words of poet and folksinger Charlie King, “Our life is more than our work, and our work is more than our job.” The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and its coalition partners also believe that “work is more than a job.” For the third year, the entire month of May has been dedicated to the celebration of work through MayWorks, a four-week-long series of art exhibits, musical performances, film competitions, lectures and parades that celebrates the culture of work from the last century through today. MayWorks is dedicated to honoring the struggles of the past while inspiring those who are struggling right now. It gives voice to workers through music, art, books, and poetry—through the celebration of the culture of working people. See the complete calendar of MayWorks events on