Thursday, December 2, 2010

Admiration of New Deal works of art flourishing

USA Today discovers something interesting about public job creation...

Hey, this is all very nice, but we're in a serious economic crisis here!!

How about a new public jobs initiative in the current economic crisis? One prong of the program could support artists, writers, and filmmakers, AND conserve and appreciate the art created by the public jobs initiative of the previous Depression?

Oh yes, and keep our libraries, schools, museums and other cultural institutions operating.

Admiration of New Deal works of art flourishing -

"...On the 75th anniversary of the creation of the WPA, appreciation is growing for the art it subsidized, the history behind the pieces and for a U.S. Treasury Department program that commissioned post office paintings during the same period. Many artworks have been destroyed or misplaced, but communities from South Pasadena, Calif., to St. Petersburg, Fla., are trying to rescue them. The U.S. Postal Service is working to conserve surviving post office art. The U.S. General Services Administration is cataloguing art created with WPA funding — all of it still is owned by the federal government — and recovering works that are for sale in auction houses or online..."

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