The Way We Worked, adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections to tell this compelling story.
Selected by The Florida Humanities Council through Museums on Main Street, Art Gallery 21 hosted this Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit from March 24 through May 6, 2017. Admission was free to the public and 1,350+ visitors had the opportunity to experience “The Way We Worked.”
This project would not have been possible without the partnership of the City of Wilton Manors, Central Area Neighborhood Association of Wilton Manors, The Pride Center at Equality Park, The Stonewall Gallery & Archives and The Humanity Project. It was in this collaboration that we worked in a meaningful way with the LGBT community to shine a light on their experiences, struggles and victories in the workplace.
In advance of the exhibit’s arrival, Art Gallery 21 hosted a special interactive event, “Wilton Manors Works” on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The walls of the gallery were filled with images submitted by local residents and workers that reflected on the LGBT work experience, a theme we titled, “Diversity, Equity and A Paycheck.”
In addition, the Carbonell Award-Winning Playwright Michael McKeever served as host of a Story Slam addressing that same theme: “Diversity, Equity and A Paycheck.” The story slam was recorded by The Humanity Project.