A People’s WPA: Reimagining Labor & Building Cultural Power

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A People’s WPA: Reimagining Labor & Building Cultural Power

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A People’s WPA: Reimagining Labor and Building Cultural Power is a 3-part training series from the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture for artists, activists, and cultural organizers who are interested in advocating for a public service artists job program at the local, regional, and national scale. We will cover the basics of cultural organizing, hear from inspiring artists, and host a hands-on feedback session for cultural organizers working in their respective cities.

The registration button below is to register and pay for the full suite (Workshop and hands on Clinic).

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Dates and Times

Workshop: Cultural Organizing: A Primer

Friday, November 4, 2022

10:00am - 11:30am PT

12:00pm - 1:30pm CT

1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

Clinic: Advocating for a Local People’s WPA

Thursday, November 10, 2022

10:00am - 11:30am PT

12:00pm - 1:30pm CT

1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

Program Full-Description

In 2021, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture launched A People’s WPA (PWPA), a storytelling project and richly illustrated publication that called upon policymakers to institute a publicly-funded artist works program. A People’s WPA re-envisioned the Works Progress Administration artist employment and economic recovery program of the past, recognizing the ways that artists contribute to society along the 7 themes of Deepening Democracy, Healing, Liberation, Nourishment, Regeneration, Remembering, and Truth Telling.

In addition to crafting a credible vision, we seek to rally communities, educate organizers and guide decision-makers to enact ambitious policies. As part of our A People’s WPA campaign, we seek to train artists, activists, and cultural organizers to embed arts and culture into their organizing strategies and to advocate for local and regional public service jobs programs.

In our training series consisting of a cultural organizing workshop, a panel of arts and culture practitioners, and a hands-on policy clinic, creatives will use storytelling and anti-oppressive experiential activities to reimagine and redefine labor outside of capitalism and white supremacy. Participants will unpack the seven themes central to the USDAC’s PWPA storytelling project, gain skills on how to advocate for a public service artist jobs program, and be tasked with collectively envisioning a world where those most marginalized can effectively build cultural power whilst getting their material needs met. We are aiming to build a learning cohort and ask that those who are interested in the cultural organizing workshop and/or hands-on policy clinic be available for both.

The registration button above to register and pay for the full suite (Workshop and the hands-on Clinic). There is a limit of 30 attendees for the full program.

All are welcome!

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To attend the Circle only, the cost is free or by donation. Click here to register for and attend the Circle only.

For the full 3-part program, choose what to pay, starting at $40. The true cost of this workshop is $100/person. At PeoplesHub, we are committed to communication access, radical hospitality, supporting facilitators, and making our offerings financially accessible. This sliding scale allows us to continue offering programs like this one and pay trainers, interpreters, captioners, and other support staff a fair wage for their time and expertise. Like you, those who support our trainings work hard for change in their communities and have often developed the knowledge, skill and gifts that they are offering through many unpaid hours — let’s support them to be sustainable in their work and craft!