Sunday, October 31, 2010

Halloween is a time for reading? WPA posters remind us how things were in another time of economic struggle


Back during the last Great Depression, the U.S. Government funded artists around the country to create artwork, posters and murals to enrich the culture experience of the day.

The primary goals were to employ out-of-work artists and to provide art for non-federal government buildings: schools, hospitals, libraries, etc. We are patiently waiting for a similar recognition and funded initiative by our current Government, thinking that we should not hold our breath, but maybe, there will come a time soon when the arts could get a break.

Agree?  Speak out.  This would not cost more than a few minutes of the Pentagon's budget and what a difference it would make to thousands of struggling artist around the country.

We are restoring many of these images and making them available at a nomial cost through our web galleries- They are beautiful, timely, and poignant reminders of spirit of America.

World Wide Archive Galleries
from WIKI - full story

The Federal Art Project (FAP) was the visual arts arm of the Great Depression-era New Deal Works Progress Administration Federal One program in the United States. It operated from August 29, 1935, until June 30, 1943. Reputed to have created more than 200,000 separate works, FAP artists created posters, murals and paintings. Some works still stand among the most-significant pieces of public art in the country.[1]

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