A New Deal: Artists at Work at The Gibbes Museum of Art
The Gibbes Museum of Art will present A New Deal: Artists at Work from January 21 to August 7, 2022. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched his ambitious Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs that sent millions of unemployed Americans back to work, including more than 5,000 artists. The Federal Art Project, formed under the WPA, afforded opportunities to a diverse group of artists, including women, African Americans and recent immigrants from China, Russia and Germany. This monumental effort to put artists back to work resulted in a collection of artworks intended to uplift the national spirit and encourage creativity in the face of great challenges.