Working for Dignity: The Art, Meanings, & Voices of Low-wage Labor, February 11-March 12, 2016, Porter College Faculty Gallery, Porter College, UCSC

October 11, 2015

By , Associate Professor of Sociology and Director, Center for Labor Studies 

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The explosion of low-wage jobs in our "new economy" too often leaves workers struggling in poverty, exhausted or hurt, harassed and demeaned, and with few ways out or up.  The shift toward more precarious work prompts us to ask:  Is there still dignity in work?  Taking inspiration from a variety of social documentary traditions, this exhibit explores low-wage work and workers across Santa Cruz County.  The art is part of the larger Working for Dignity research project carried out by UCSC students, the Center for Labor Studies, and the Chicano Latino Research Center.  We use a range of media, including photography, lithography, digital story-telling, video, wheat-paste public art, and sculpture, to represent and reflect on working people in our community and to honor those whose work often goes unseen

A free, public opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm, at the Porter College Faculty Gallery at Porter College.  Refreshments will be provided.

Exhibit artists include:

Natalie Alas, Junior, Sociology and Economics
Christine Petersen, Sociology (2015)
Edward Ramirez, Fine Art and Sociology (2015)
Steve McKay, Associate Professor of Sociology and Center for Labor Studies Director 

For more information, please contact Steve McKay (, click here for the event flyer, or visit the event's Facebook page.