Over the past few months, the GHC has been truly humbled and honoured to receive various awards for our work and recent projects. All awards are really collective achievements, so congratulations and credit goes to all of our contributors, comrades, and collaborators.
In April, the Graphic History Collective was awarded the Mayworks Labour Creative Maverick Award.
A month later, we won the 2017 Pacific Northwest Labour History Association Making Labour History Award. This was a special one for us because many GHC members first connected with the labour history community through this association. Robin Folvik and Sean Carleton were on hand to accept the award.
In June, our book, Drawn to Change won the 2017 Canadian Historical Association Public History Prize. The award “recognizes work that achieves high standards of original research, scholarship, and presentation; brings an innovative public history contribution to its audience; and serves as a model for future work, advancing the field of public history in Canada.” The award committee said of our work:
If one of the goals of Public History is to engage directly with an audience, the Graphic History Collective with Paul Buhle hit the mark with their collaborative anthology of nine short comics. Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggle is an excellent blend of high level scholarship, Labour History, and captivating art that shows how Public History can embrace different media in innovative ways.
Then, also in June, our publisher, Between the Lines was awarded $10,000 for the 2017 Wilson Book Prize for our book Drawn to Change. The award goes to the best book that “succeeds in making Canadian historical scholarship accessible to a wide and transnational audience.” It will fund the publication of new creative and accessible Canadian history from BTL.
We want to thank all of our friends, families, comrades, and supporters for getting behind our work and believing in our vision to combine art, activism, and history.
In love and solidarity,