Arts and Culture

Focus Areas

WDI supports the training of individuals for employment within the arts and culture sector and creative economies, opportunities that provide working people the means to express themselves and represent their own lives through the medium of art and culture, and efforts that capture, celebrate and share diverse artistic and cultural practices focusing on work.

Workforce Training in the Arts and Culture Sector
The development of workforce opportunities in regional creative economies and the training of individuals for employment within the arts and culture sector. 

Creative Lives (2017), edited by Ed Murphy, is an anthology of essays about working in the creative economy.

Creative Every Day- Tales of Art + Life Colliding (2017) is a comic book created by Ira Marcks, comic book artist and educator, to help educate young people and their parents about the wide spectrum of viable career opportunities that exist in the region.

Interactive Grants Program for Arts and Culture Programs/Organizations
We fund programs that provide working people the means to express themselves and represent their own lives through the medium of art and culture.

Exhibits/Performance
We support efforts that capture, celebrate and share diverse artistic and cultural practices focusing on work. Our goal is to expand the ways art and culture are valued in our communities and workplaces, and how these tools are used to represent the working people who contribute to our society.

  • Piece of the Dream project has been a collaboration between Workforce Development Institute (WDI), local filmmakers from Youth FX, and worker rights organizations across New York State. The project has featured the production of nearly a dozen short documentary films and an interactive theater performance at the Albany Barn. The culmination of the project is this brand new, immersive web experience. The website is a collection of dynamic short documentary films, along with supplemental information, statistics, and photographs of workers across the state. Piece of the Dream is meant to engage and provoke audiences to bear witness to the impacts of earning a low-wage and to confront the way that this economic marginalization systematically oppresses millions of people in this country, and in turn affects us all. The producers of Piece of the Dream offer a glimpse into the lives and struggles of low-wage workers across New York State, raising awareness of an issue that has become a topic of much discussion.