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The Living New Deal in the News

When the Living New Deal project or our team members make the news, you’ll find it here.

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  • We’re Getting These Murals All Wrong,” By Robin D.G. Kelley
    • September 15, 2019
    • Living New Deal
    Robin D. G. Kelley is a Professor of American History at UCLA and is completing a book on journalist Grace Halsell. In a piece for The Nation titled, “We’re Getting These Murals All Wrong,” Robin D.G. Kelley makes a case for using the Arnautoff murals to reflect on the specter of white supremacy ...
  • The Work of the Living New Deal Featured in San Francisco Chronicle Article
    • September 7, 2019
    • Living New Deal
    In a San Francisco Chronicle September 7 story, Gary Kamiya examines the built legacy of the New Deal in the San Francisco Bay Area. During the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration put Americans to work on the nation's infrastructure. Kamiya examines not only the extent of this massive program, ...
  • German Media Reports on the George Washington High School Controversy
    • August 19, 2019
    • Living New Deal
    Several German media outlets have published stories about the struggle to conserve the Victor Arnautoff mural at the George Washington High School in San Francisco. https://www.spiegel.de/lebenundlernen/schule/san-francisco-streitet-ueber-fresken-mit-george-washington-sklaven-und-ureinwohnern-a-1282485.html https://www.zdf.de/nachrichten/heute/bilder-spalten-san-francisco-streit-um-us-gemaelde-mit-sklaven-100.html https://www.t-online.de/nachrichten/ausland/usa/id_86288404/san-francisco-streitet-ueber-historische-wandgemaelde-in-schule.html ...
  • SF Chronicle Editorial Board: “SF school board covers its hide with mural compromise”
    • August 17, 2019
    • Living New Deal
    The latest editorial from the San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board directs a sharp critique at the SF School Board and their latest the vote to cover the George Washington High murals. Read more here: “SF school board covers its hide with mural compromise.” ...
  • SF School Board Reverses Decision to Destroy Life of Washington Mural
    • August 14, 2019
    • Living New Deal
    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the SF school board reversed its decision to paint over the Victor Arnautoff mural the George Washington High School. Instead, they Board decided to obscure the mural from public view. Read the story here. Photo: Photo: Eric Risberg, Associated Press. ...
  • The New York Times Reports that San Francisco School Board May Keep George Washington Mural
    • August 10, 2019
    • Living New Deal
    The New York Times reports that the “San Francisco School Board May Save Controversial George Washington Mural.” Read the story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/10/arts/san-francisco-murals.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share ...
  • SF Chronicle Reports: The Public Wants to Preserve the Washington High Mural
    • August 8, 2019
    • Living New Deal
    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the "San Francisco voters overwhelmingly oppose plans to paint over the historic and controversial mural at Washington High School, according to a recent poll commissioned by the mural’s supporters." The San Francisco School Board, however, abide by their decision. Photo: Photo: Eric Risberg/ Associated Press. ...
  • East Bay Express Opinion Piece about Mural Censorship
    • August 5, 2019
    • Living New Deal
    The East Bay Express' DeWitt Cheng wrote about the Victor Arnautoff mural the pitfalls of art censorship "we cannot afford a younger generation trained to accept virtuous passivity. We need revolutionaries with smarts and moxie, and considerable skill at critical thinking — not just in being unthinkingly critical as instructed at the ...
  • More then a Hundred Come to See Arnautoff Mural at Public Viewing After Vote To Paint Over
    • August 3, 2019
    • Living New Deal
    CBS SF Bay Area reports that more than 100 people walked through the halls of Washington High School Thursday to view the controversial murals that the San Francisco Unified School District board recently voted to cover up. Read the story here. ...
  • Hundreds Come to See George Washington High School Mural Before Planned Destruction
    • August 3, 2019
    • Living New Deal
    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that hundreds of people came to view Victor Arnautoff's George Washington High School Mural before its planned destruction. The school was briefly open to the public for the tour on Thursday, August 1. Read the story here. Photo by Lea Suzuki / The Chronicle. ...
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