MayWorks: An Annual Celebration of the Culture of Work

Work. It’s what we all do every day . . . and sometimes it feels like it consumes us. But work also gives us our identity, and the kinds of work people do gives rise to inspiration in the form of art, music, and culture.  In the words of poet and folksinger Charlie King, “Our life is more than our work, and our work is more than our job.”

The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and its coalition partners also believe that “work is more than a job.” For the second year in a row, the entire month of May was dedicated to the celebration of work through MayWorks, a four-week-long series of art exhibits, musical performances, film competitions, lectures and parades that celebrates the culture of work from the last century through today.

MayWorks is dedicated to honoring the struggles of the past while inspiring those who are struggling right now. It gives voice to workers through music, art, books, and poetry—through the celebration of the culture of working people.

The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, was proud to be involved in Washington Works events at the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival as the finale to its second annual MayWorks celebration. For more information on future MayWorks festivities, visit