Members of 32BJ Art Committee are planning this year’s art show. Family, friends and members of 32BJ and 1199SEIU are welcome to participate in this year’s show, and children’s art is welcome. The show will take place on Saturday, June 28th in 32BJ’s auditorium, 25 W. 18th Street, 4-7pm. Each artist can submit up to 3 pieces, if the pieces are less than 36’wide, or 2 pieces for larger works of art. Art must be delivered to a 32BJ office June 1-14 and must be ready to be hung. All artists must register in advance and sign a release. Click here to register. For more information, please call 212-388-3842 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next meeting of the 32BJ arts committee will take place on Saturday, April 26 at 11 AM. It will be held at the 32BJ offices at 25 West 18th Street. All 32BJ artists are invited to attend. Contact Naja Quintero at 32BJArts@gmail.com or 551-208-8529 for more information. We look forward to seeing you there!…
New York, NY—The members of the 120,000-member strong 32BJ SEIU property services union work as doormen, porters, handymen, security officers and window cleaners but also moonlight as painters, photographers and poets. They’ve had an opportunity to showcase their artistic talent for the past several years thanks to the annual art show hosted by their union.
For this year’s art show, over 300 people attended the opening to view nearly 200 pieces of art contributed by more than 80 32BJ members and their families. The art on display is an eclectic ensemble of drawings, paintings and black-and-white and color photographs that are representative of the diversity of the members themselves, who hail from as far as Eastern Europe, Latin America, South America and Asia.
De día los conocemos como trabajadores de mantenimiento, porteros entre otras cosas, pero de noche, muestran un talento artístico que jamás imaginarías.
Check out this great New York Times article about our artists and the art show:
Opening Doors by Day, Painting on Canvases by Night
In the basement of a co-op in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the superintendent’s workshop includes all the usual accessories, like screwdrivers and saws, a bare floor and a vise grip, as well as a whole lot of paint — but it’s not that kind of paint.
This super, Hiram Rodríguez, is a painter. Most evenings he can be found sitting in that narrow room with a brush in his hand and a canvas propped up on his workbench, just next to a circular saw. And for the next few weeks, two of his finished works will hang in another office space where the delicate urgency of artistic endeavor is not generally the first thing that springs to mind: the headquarters of 32BJ, the country’s largest building service workers union.
Our annual art show held in conjunction with 1199 was a huge success! A record 300 people attended the show, which included 183 pieces of art from 82 contributors, including staff, members, and their children! The art will be on display on the 4th and 5th floors of 32BJ headquarters through July. Check out some photos from the event: