Roque Featured in "Working in America" Exhibit

photo by lynsey addario, from THE "WORKING IN AMERICA" EXHIBIT

photo by lynsey addario, from THE "WORKING IN AMERICA" EXHIBIT

Roque was recently featured in a new exhibit, curated and conceived by Jane M. Saks and Project&, with photos by Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer, Lynsey Addario. The Working in America exhibit opened earlier this fall at the Chicago Public Library. "Working in America explores authentic, raw, and honest stories focused on the daily desire to survive, thrive, participate and contribute. The exhibit profiles 24 people from 17 states ranging in ages from 21 to 87”.

Roque, who is currently a day porter working for an advertising company, lists his work as “Custodian & Student & Aspiring Writer/Editor” is one of 24 working people across America that are featured in the exhibit. The traveling exhibit, which will next be seen at the Aspen Institute, was inspired by the 40th Anniversary of Studs Turkel’s book, “Working” and also includes a radio series and an interactive opportunity to share your working story.

Roque is working full time to continue to afford going to school part-time at Northeastern Illinois University. See Roque in this short video feature on the project below – Directed and Produced by Kirsten Kelly.

How do we value work in America? How do we value the worker, the person behind the work? How does our work inform our life, faith and community? These are questions at the heart of the new exhibit, Working in America, a multi-platform documentary initiative chronicling the everyday challenges, triumphs and realities of working.