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New Deal Today: Policy & Politics

News items that speak to the resurgence of interest in the New Deal as a touchstone for public policy and political action today.

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  • New Deal-Era Public Cannery in Virginia
    • January 6, 2018
    • Erin Hansen Reding
    NPR's All Things Considered featured a story about a public cannery in Prince Edward County, Virginia. A relic of the New Deal era, the public cannery allows members of the pubic to "walk in with bags of produce from their garden and walk out with preserved food." During the New Deal and read more
  • Fort Lee, NJ Murals to Be Restored
    • January 6, 2018
    • Erin Hansen Reding
    Four murals documenting Fort Lee's history will be restored and exhibited in Fort Lee, New Jersey.  The murals were painted by Henry Schnakenberg and displayed in the city's post office, shortly after its 1938 construction.  The post office, however, will soon be demolished and replaced with a new post office.  The read more
  • On My Way to Somewhere Else: A WPA-Built Community Center in Little York, Indiana
    • August 8, 2017
    • Glory-June Greiff
    Recently I was in the middle of documenting CCC structures in southern Indiana state forests (more on that in future posts), when I found myself on the old state highway that runs through Little York, a hamlet of fewer than 200 people. The population was about the same in 1935 read more
  • Art Review: “Parting Shots: Minor White’s Images of Portland, 1938-1942”
    • May 17, 2017
    • Gabriel Milner
    The Architectural Heritage Center’s current major exhibit, “Parting Shots: Minor White’s Images of Portland, 1938-1942,” should draw those interested in photography, architectural history, Portland’s history, and the contributions of New Deal-supported work. This beautifully and carefully considered exhibit brings together materials from the Portland Art Museum’s and Oregon Historical Society’s read more
  • The Lost Colony: See an FTP Musical in 2017
    • May 5, 2017
    • Brent McKee
    Most of us never saw an original production from the WPA’s Federal Theatre Project (FTP). But we’re not completely out of luck. Every spring and summer, at North Carolina’s Waterside Theatre at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, audiences can attend a staging of The Lost Colony, a 1937 musical by Paul read more
  • Celebrate Our New Map with Us!
    • April 25, 2017
    • Gabriel Milner
    Two years in the making, The Living New Deal’s newest publication, a “Map and Guide to New Deal New York,” highlights nearly 1,000 public works throughout the five boroughs and describes 50 of the city’s notable New Deal buildings, parks, murals, and other sites and artworks. The 18 x 27 inch, read more
  • Using WPA Art to Address Climate Change
    • April 20, 2017
    • Gabriel Milner
    There are many ways to hold up the example of the New Deal in a time of greed, privatization, and creeping social and climatic threats. Celebrating public art and institutions, the USPS released 20 stamps reproducing works by the WPA's Poster Division. In July, The Living New Deal will exhibit “Building read more
  • Our New Map and Guide to New Deal New York by Richard A Walker
    • April 6, 2017
    • Richard A Walker
    Two years in the making, the Living New Deal’s newest publication, a "Map and Guide to New Deal New York" highlights nearly one thousand public works throughout the five boroughs and describes 50 of the city’s notable New Deal buildings, parks, murals, and artworks. The 18 x 27 inch, multi-color, read more
  • Art Review: American Painting of the 1930sby Richard A Walker
    • April 6, 2017
    • Richard A Walker
    Art of the 1930s may finally be coming back into fashion—something that New Deal aficionados can celebrate. It has been a long time since a major exhibit of art from the 1930s has been mounted, but curators at the Art Institute of Chicago rectified that last summer with an installation, originally read more
  • Those “Dam Kids”: Lessons from the New Deal in Shasta County
    • April 5, 2017
    • Gabriel Milner
    Amidst Trump’s call to spend $1 trillion on infrastructure and the American Society of Civil Engineers’ recent Report Card for America’s Infrastructure (our GPA is a sad D+), Marketplace’s Sarah Gardner visited Shasta Lake, California, to get a sense of what large-scale projects once looked like for the people who read more
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