Chris Tyler

Cultural Work is Work
Due Sep 29 2019

So, you're thinking UNION but don’t know where to start? This workshop led by Cordelia Istel and Chris Tyler will introduce artists and cultural workers to the fundamentals of forming a union and collective bargaining.

The first half of the workshop will contextualize the state of the broader labor movement, as well as recent campaigns for workplace equity in the cultural sector (including unionization efforts at BAM, MoMA, and New Museum, W.A.G.E.’s activism, Human Resources for Art Workers, etc...).

In the second half of the workshop, we’ll get practical. Digging into the logistical and legal processes that go into forming a union, we’ll examine the Los Angeles labor landscape and share practical tools for kicking off unionization efforts at your own workplace.

We’ll conclude the session with a conversation around the possibilities and limitations of workplace unionization while brainstorming alternative models for collective action to keep us all empowered.

Sunday, Sep 29

The Vortex
2341 E Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90021



Presented as a part of Word of Mouth:
A convening of ideas, new work, and conversations in performance.
Hosted by Los Angeles Performance Practice

-Please pre-register (space is limited for workshops)
-All events are wheelchair-accessible, personal aids/care-givers admitted free of charge, service animals are welcome.
-Please contact us in advance for further information on entry and accessibility hello [​at​]


Cordelia Istel is a performer/artist whose work is informed and expanded by over a decade of experience as an organizer, educator, and administrator. Her current work explores labor issues and resource flows within the cultural economy. She has performed and presented work at numerous venues in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Mexico City, Paris, and Brussels.

Chris Tyler is a cultural organizer and performing artist based in Los Angeles. Recent projects include I love you so much, SQUEEZE ME TO DEATH (Highways Performance Space) and NO CRUISING (NAVEL). In New York, Chris collaborated on the BAM administrative staff’s recent (and successful) effort to join Local 2110 UAW.