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“Enough to Live on: The Arts of the WPA”

  • August 29, 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Location: Georgia Museum of Art
  • 90 Carlton Street 
  • Performing and Visual Arts Complex 
  • University of Georgia 
  • Athens, GA
  • Phone: 706-542-4662
  • Price: Free
  • Time: Starting: 07:00 PM

Part of the 1930s America Film Series. In May 1935, as part of the great return-to-work effort known as the Works Progress Administration (the WPA) President Franklin Delano Roosevelt brought Americans back to work in the service of the rebuilding of a society staggering under the weight of the Great Depression. Under the Federal Art Project of the WPA, these workers included artists, writers, actors and musicians, for FDR believed that in order to lift ourselves out of economic stagnation we would also need to rebuild the culture of America at the grassroots level. Featuring more than 70 works of art from this period, including notable works by Rockwell Kent, Dorothea Lange, Stuart Davis and Reginald Marsh, as well as rare footage of WPA artists at work, this film tells the story of how Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal moved art in America out of the rarified atmosphere of the elite and brought it directly to the American people as an inspiration and catalyst for change and recovery in the 1930s. 2015, NR, 92 min.

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90 Carlton Street