Activist and art critic Anita Brenner was excited by the New Deal. She saw a “New Deal spirit” in the struggling artists of the WPA. “You can see it in his grin . . . in his truculent exuberance; you can see that he knows the future belongs to him.”
That New Deal spirit persists today. Some of its keepers appear in this issue: A steadfast guardian of a disregarded Diego Rivera mural; a town fighting for its New Deal heritage; advocates calling to revive FDR’s “Tree Army,” the CCC.
The New Deal lives on not only through its great public works, but also through the undimmed exuberance of the keepers of the New Deal spirit. Thank you for helping to keep the spirit alive!