The Zakheim murals at the UCSF Medical Center will stay in place after a court order. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote that the work to remove the mural has been temporarily halted after Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch granted a motion for a restraining order requested by San Franciscans for Balanced and Livable Communities.
Two New Deal paintings that depict industry and early settlement were recently found behind a wall of cabinets at the Beaver Dam Middle School in Wisconsin.
Installed in 1934, the paintings were removed in 1995, when the district remodeled the middle school. Read the full story here.
The Living New Deal invites submissions for the First Annual New Deal Book Award.
This award has been established to recognize and encourage non-fiction works about the history of the United States in the New Deal era, 1932-1942, or inclusive of a substantial portion of that remarkable decade between the nadir of the Great Depression and US entry into World War II.
Submissions for the award must have a 2021 imprint and be nominated by a publisher or colleague. Hard copy books or locked PDFs should be submitted no later than November 15, 2021.
The winner will be announced in Spring 2022 with a cash prize of $1,000. Presentation of the award will take place during the Roosevelt Reading Festival at the FDR Library at Hyde Park NY in Summer 2022, to which the five finalists will be invited.
For submission details please find information at the Living New Deal website.
The New Mexico Chapter of the National New Deal Preservation Association and the New Mexico Humanities Council collaborated to produce this interactive map of New Deal sites in New Mexico. The map features New Deal projects that include CCC camps, public buildings, public art, and monuments. See more details and view the map here.
Lizabeth Cohen has joined the Living New Deal’s Advisory Board. She is Professor of American Studies and History at Harvard and former dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She is author of several books including Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago, 1919-1939. Cohen has won many honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship.
In every state, volunteers equipped with the Living New Deal’s new mobile app are sending us their New Deal discoveries. Our online New Deal map and database document 17,000 New Deal sites. We believe we’ve just scratched the surface! Our website draws more than a million visits a year.
Our“Map and Guide to the Art and Public Works of the New Deal in Washington, D.C.” is hot off the press. It reveals the wealth of art and infrastructure the New Deal added to our nation’s capital—a reminder of what Americans built together during hard times and what a new New Deal could achieve today.
Our monthly newsletter, “The Fireside,” and a webinar series, “The Next New Deal,” feature leading writers, artists and scholars on such topics as the Green New Deal; New Deal art; social movements of the 1930s; and reigniting a Federal Writers’ Project.
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In an CNN opinion piece titled, “Why we need a new WPA,” Paula M. Krebs makes a case for addressing today’s economic woes by using policy lessons from a time when the government stepped in to provide paid work for construction workers and artists alike. Read the full piece here.
In a piece published in Artnet, Ben Davis, reflects on calls to help distressed art institutes in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic by drawing on the lessons of the New Deal Arts Programs. Davis examines the history of the programs and sets out to dispel a few misconceptions. “Without filling in the nitty-gritty of the history that impelled the United States’s singular experiment with government arts patronage, I get the sense that we are calling people into battle without arming them for the fight.” Read more here.