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the Centre for Learning, Social Economy and Work at OISE, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Wednesday, March 28 2018

Understanding Work Through Arts:

Union-based educators and activists on stage.


Artists need to eat. Workers need to create. Four decades of experimentation have developed two learning platforms in Ontario, where artists can showcase the dignity and imagination of working people and also affirm their own needs for collective security and recognition. They have supported union-based educators and activists in producing theatre, film, music and visual arts that speak to their issues and explore a range of esthetics.

Since the 1980s, this work has been sustained by two humble organizations, the the Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, based in Toronto, and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, based in Hamilton. This session will reflect on the potential and limits of the arts as a learning tool around work issues, and consider the challenges for the future of such work in a context of increasing economic inequality and employment precarity.

At this session D’Arcy will speak to the current challenges facing work and learning, Monica will speak to the experience of producing activist video and Amee will speak to the dynamics of an activist festival that involves unionists and professional artists.  



DD'Arcy Martin is committed to building social movements that release eloquence, spark creativity and advance economic justice. A long-established Freirean popular educator, Dr. Martin has organized, designed and facilitated courses with workers in every Canadian province and as staff or contract worker in a dozen unions. From 2000 to 2013, he co-founded and coordinated the Centre for the Study of Education and Work at OISE/ UT. He was a co-founder of both the Mayworks Festival and the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre. D’Arcy has received awards from the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education, from the United Association for Labor Education and from the Mayworks Festival. He has produced art exhibits and films, staged plays and concerts and supported activist art in all its forms. 




Mónica Gutierrez is a graduate of OISE/ UT, a Colombian film-maker and visual artist whose main interests include art for social change, sustainable practices and citizen media.  Her film about dance and migrant work was featured in the 2016 Mayworks Festival, and an excerpt will be shown at this session.  




Amee Lê is a cultural worker who organizes, creates, and curates in contemporary visual, film and media arts. She was a founding member of Rebels With A Cause film festival and s.o.s. curatorial collective, and served as a board member of Whippersnapper Gallery. Formerly Festival Director of Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, she is currently the Operations Manager at imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival while working towards her MA in Art History with a focus on decolonial art theories and practices at York University.


Event Details

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 || 12:00 (Noon) - 1:30 pm

OISE/UT Room 3-104 

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Free!!! No need to register ahead of time.  Just come!

Light refreshments provided


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