Arts & Democracy's partnership with Service Employees International Union builds member leadership and engagement through cultural organizing and artist residences.

SEIU Collaboration

Arts & Democracy's ongoing collaboration with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) including artists residencies resulting in presentations at SEIU's 2012 convention in Denver, Colorado and culural organizing that supported the minimum wage campaign in Minnesota with SEIU Local 26 and young member leadership development in Detroit, Michigan with Healthcare Michigan.

Toolkits for Creative Change

May 19, 2015, 1-2pm EST, 10-11am Pacific

This call featured: Envisioning Development by the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP); Making Waves by The Culture Group; and the People's Creative Toolkit/Herramientas Populares, Arts & Democracy's soon-to-launch collaboration with SEIU Local 26, Rogue Citizen, and Line Break Media.  

Cultural Organizing for Social Justice SEIU Healthcare PA Leadership Assembly Lancaster, PA

On September 19 and 20, 2013 Arts & Democracy Project offered a two-part Cultural Organizing for Social Justice workshop for member / leaders at the SEIU Healthcare PA Leadership Assembly in Lancaster, PA.  The first part of the workshop introduced participants to "cultural organizing" and various examples of how people use art and culture for social change.  The second part of the workshop was a hands-on art making workshop led Eli Weaver, a Lancaster-based visual artist, musician, farmer and organizer.  During the workshop participants designed and made posters, puppets and a large banner to use in future actions for healthcare justice. 

Urban Bush Women at SEIU Convention

Guest Blog by Maria Bauman, Urban Bush Women 

The convention felt like a family reunion, with members addressing one another as “Sister” or “Brother,” and receiving warm greetings and rousing affirmations from SEIU president Mary Kay Henry. The Colorado Convention Center had become the largest organizing hub I have ever seen; think of a kitchen or a black church and then magnify times 10,000! 

SEIU artist residencies

Arts & Democracy Project and SEIU (Service Employees International Union) are partnering on artist residencies in six SEIU locals in Miami, Florida; Central CA; Las Vegas, NV; Minneapolis, MN; Toronto, ON; San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Each of the residencies will create an artwork to be presented at the SEIU convention in Denver in May 2012.

From the SEIU convention!

We are at the Service Employees International Union convention in Denver and are thrilled to see the results of the artists residencies that we cosponsored with the union. Here's a preview of the artwork and performances from locals in Florida; California; Minnesota; Ontario, Canada; and Puerto Rico.