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Can the arts save Detriot? Union Plus President Leslie Tolf answers in the HuffPost

Posted on May 15, 2014
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"I'm here to suggest the following: from graffiti to Facebook, the answer to better organization, better art, and stronger communities may be written on the walls."

- Leslie Tolf, President, Union Plus

In her latest article in the Huffington Post, Union Plus President Leslie Tolf explores the link between labor activism and art, and the opportunity for both to help revive Detroit.

"Detroit is often referred to as one of the 'art cities of the future.' We are certain that unions can help to foster that growth," writes Tolf.

Leslie discusses the potential advantages for Detroit as open canvass to both art and unions. As the Motor City walls run with graffiti from such artists as Vita Valdez and Antonio "Shades" Agee, Leslie suggests, "With 35,000 union building trades craftsman in Detroit, it's stunning just to imagine what their union skills could offer when introduced to Detroit's artistic 'mojo'."

"Creating change is something that both labor unions and artists have always revered," writes Tolf.

Read more about the connections between art and organizing >>


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