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Solidarity School

March 23, 2016 - May 6, 2016

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A Youth and Work Seminar Series for Youth ages 18-29 at the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre.

Young workers and emerging artists! Ever wonder how to empower yourself as a worker and in the world, while showing solidarity with your peers, elders, and with workers overseas? In this unique and timely seminar series, you’ll get the chance to sound off about precarious work, meet trailblazing arts workers, and fill your activist toolbox through inspiring interactive sessions and workshops that explore intersections of work, art and activism. Join us for one, more, or all four events! And don’t forget to come to our closing party with special musical guests on May 6th.

Solidarity School is Free School! These events don’t cost a thing. Pizza and refreshments will be provided during each session, too.


Wednesday, March 23rd, 7-9 pm   Youth Rights at Work Info Session with Anthony Marco  (Click to Register)

Join Anthony Marco, labour activist and President of the Hamilton and District Labour Council, to discuss youth issues at work, including the Employment Standards Act, the role of unions today, and the campaign to raise the minimum wage. Come away from the info session with knowledge and power!

Wednesday, April 6th, 6:30-8:30 pm   Oral History Workshop with Blair Newby of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario  (Click to Register)

Oral History is the collection and study of historical information using sound recordings of interviews with people having personal knowledge of past events. How can oral history be used to document and preserve activist and social histories? Join Blair Newby of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario to learn how to conduct oral history interviews for your own projects.

Wednesday, April 20th, 7-9 pm   Art + Work Discussion and Workshop with Karl Beveridge and Ingrid Mayrhofer  (Click to Register)

Is art work? How can artists empower and protect themselves as workers? Established labour artist Karl Beveridge will talk about artist’s unions, copyright as well how artists have moved out of the studio and into the public realm, working with trade unions and in the community. Local artist Ingrid Mayrhofer will lead a hands-on printmaking activity that draws from the group’s discussion.

Friday, May 6th, 6:30-8:30 pm Hip Hop as a Tool for Community Empowerment + Solidarity with Mohammad Ali Amir  (Click to Register)

Mohammad Ali Aumeer (a.k.a. MC Mohammad Ali), social justice activist and Hip Hop artist, will discuss the ways that art, hip hop and graffiti can be used as vehicles for critical political and community engagement. Following a discussion about art, gentrification and urban space, Mohammad will lead a songwriting workshop that draws from the important ideas and issues identified by those who attend!

And join us for a Closing Celebration and Performance with Mother Tareka and the Rebel Funktion and Guests from 9-10:30 pm!


Pre-registration is required for each session! Reserve your spot on Eventbrite. You can also email Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator at tara@wahc-museum.ca for more information, or to save a spot.

Workers Arts & Heritage Centre wishes to acknowledge the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation for making Solidarity School possible.

Image credit: Fiya Bruxa/Gilda Monreal

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8L 1B5       905.522.3003       Public Hours: Wed to SAT > 10am—4pm