Turning Controversy into Consensus

The New Deal’s efforts to create jobs extended to thousands of artists on relief. Between 1934 and 1943, several government-sponsored programs dedicated to art and culture sponsored the creation of artworks in public buildings. The Treasury Section of Painting and Sculpture,… read more

An American Renaissance

An American Renaissance In the midst of the Great Depression the federal government initiated a series of programs to hire unemployed artists and writers. Today, these provide a lens through which American history, values and everyday life were viewed in the 1930s. The first… read more

Republic of Detours—Rekindling Interest in the Federal Writers’ Project

During the Great Depression, improving the nation’s infrastructure wasn’t the New Deal’s only agenda. Economic recovery also meant providing useful relief jobs to creative professionals, leading to the establishment of Federal One, the umbrella organization for the Federal Art, Theatre,… read more

The Living New Deal Welcomes New Advisory Board Member

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… read more

Revisiting the “Blue Bible”

President Biden’s initial $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal is merely a belated down payment on decades of cost-cutting neglect and deferred maintenance that has brought much of U.S. infrastructure to near third world status. If it passes Congress, his proposal would… read more

New Deal Artworks Showcased in Upstate NY

The New Deal Art programs were a lifeline to struggling artists, of which New York had more than its share. Of the more than 10,000 artists commissioned nationwide by the WPA’s Federal Art Project (FAP) some 2,300 artists were in New York… read more