Leslie Prunty won first prize for her poster.

Some time ago our Neighborhood Mini-Grants Council had the pleasure of awarding a grant to the Tompkins County Workers’ Center to organize an arts contest on the theme of what life would be like with a living wage.  They received 18 entries comprised of a dance video, a recorded song, visual arts, posters, poems, and short stories.  Gay Nicholson of Sustainable Tompkins served as one of the judges in the contest, and winners were celebrated on October 7 at the Workers’ Center.

At a moving ceremony, the audience listened as each entry was read or displayed, with the top 4 contest winners presenting their own works of art. If you have ever doubted the need for every adult’s job to pay a living wage, we hope you will listen to the articulate, strong voices of the bright and talented people who participated in this contest.

Read all about it and watch a video put together by Ithaca Journal reporter Kelsey O’Connor.