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May Day Programming 2024

April 27 - May 1

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This year we are offering our community multiple ways to mark May Day, otherwise known as the International Workers Day!

Join us in person at Custom House for a double-bill of thinking, reading and collaborating on more equitable futures for all with our reading club and artist focussed teach in on April 27. Then swing by on May 1, actual May Day, to celebrate with with our friends at the HDLC.

More info on all the events below! We hope to see you there.

A book cover with text the reads: Decolonize Self-Care, by Alyson K. Spurgas and Zoe Meleo-Erwin.Saturday, April 27th, 10am - 12pm:

Between the Lines Reading Club

Join Sara Swerdlyk, Publicity and Promotions Manager at Between the Lines for the final reading group of the season.

Our reading club offers physical, virtual, and mental space to engage with thought-provoking writing about contemporary issues. Drop in for discussions about books exploring gender, capitalism, police abolition, colonialism, the housing crisis, class and more.

They'll be tackling Decolonize Self-Care by Alyson K. Spurgas and Zoe Meleo-Erwin - REGISTER HERE! 

A landscape infographic with a pink to orange gradient. The text reads: Artist Have Rights Too! Saturday, April 27 | 1 - 4pm Workers Arts & Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St. Calling all ARTISTS! Join us to learn, share and connect on how best to advocate for yourself when doing creative work! Because artists are workers too! Working on it! Saturday, April 27th, 1 - 4pm: Artists Have Rights Too! 

Being an artist is hard. It’s a beautiful and satisfying job but there’s so much you need to know about the business of being an artist that no one tells you about. Whether you’re a visual artist, writer, musician, dancer, theatre maker … or something in between! You deserve to know your rights. Artists, like so many workers in this day and age, are expected to fend for themselves. We’re here to help make things a little bit easier.

In honour of International Workers Day, WAHC is partnering with Solidarity Place and Hamilton Artists Inc. to host an artist specific teach-in exploring the ins and outs on how you can better advocate for yourself and understand the resources that exist to support artists and independent contractors.

This event is free, open to all and part of Hamilton Artists Inc's series WORKING ON IT!
REGISTER HERE to save your spot today!

A bright infographic that features a red background nd a raised yellow fist. The text reads: May Day HDLC / WAHC, Djs, Snacks, Group Art, Digital Action Gallery, May 1st 5 - 7pm - 51 Stuart St, All Are Welcome.

Wednesday, May 1st, 5pm - 7pm: May Day BBQ with the Hamilton and District Labour Council

The Hamilton and District Labour Council and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre plan to celebrate May Day at the WAHC with beverages, snacks, a DJ, and a digital activism gallery in solidarity with our comrades around the world!

All are welcome! RSVP at our Facebook event here.



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