The George Meany Center for Labor Studies, 10000 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, is supporting the arts. Art is part of every open space and corner of the campus. Original prints and posters enliven offices, and a full exhibition and performing schedule brings the labor community, the neighborhood and the artists together.

Through this month, a visitor will see handsome stone and wood sculptures by Leonard Cave on the lawns, paintings by Joan Rich in the gallery and display of pottery by Columbia campus Antioch students near the information desk.

Cave's stone pieces are the most interesting sculptures. Their developed forms show a great deal of response to - and respect for - the substance and color of the material. In Cave's wood sculptures, bolted wood pieces create stiff forms, which work against the organic nature of the woods.

Rich's color paintings also utilize the nature of the material - in this case canvas - as an important element in the linear color forms thatweave their way through the paintings.

With a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the center can purchase art works. It also sponsors performing artists - actors, musicians, and vocalists (union, of course) - on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Call 431-6400 for information about the free programs.