The Way We Worked

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.

twww-logoSelected by The Florida Humanities Council through Museums on Main Street, Art Gallery 21 will host this Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit from March 24 through May 6, 2017. Admission is free to the public.

This project would not be 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 is in this collaboration that we will work 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 will host a special interactive event, “Wilton Manors Works” beginning at 7 PM on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The walls of the gallery will be filled with images submitted by local residents and workers that reflect on the LGBT work experience, a theme we have entitled, “Diversity, Equity and A Paycheck.”

In addition, the Carbonell Award-Winning Playwright Michael McKeever will host a Story Slam addressing that same theme: “Diversity, Equity and A Paycheck.” The story slam will be recorded by The Humanity Project and the podcast will be posted to the world wide web.

To submit your photo, read this.

To participate in the story slam, read this.

SEEKING DOCENTS! Interested in serving as a docent for the Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit?   We’d love to have you! Please send an email to and include your name, address, telephone number and email. Docents will be asked to work 4-hour shifts on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday from 12 Noon to 4 PM and/or 4 to 8 PM during the run of the exhibition (March 24-May 6). You may serve once or multiple times, based on your personal schedule and availability. Docent training is planned for Thursday, March 23 following the installation of the Smithsonian exhibit and will include a walk-through of the exhibit and a docent handbook for your reference. You may access a downloadable PDF of the docent handbook here. When we hear from you, we will respond by email or phone to acknowledge receipt of your desire to volunteer as a docent and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have. Thank you for your consideration!

NOTE: The gallery submitted its final reports which showed that 1,330+ people visited the exhibit and this public humanities project had an economic impact of $6,500+. We consider it successful and look forward to new opportunities to bring art and cultural experiences to Wilton Manors and the surrounding area.

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