The Lowdown

The Lowdown features articles on the people, projects and achievements of the Living New Deal itself.

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  • Defending New Deal Public Art
    • November 25, 2020
    The New Deal commissioned more than 10,000 artworks, including 1,200 murals in post offices. Many are endangered by neglect, privatization and challenges to problematic images.  At least 16 murals in 12 states have recently been covered or removed by the US Postal Service (see the report by LND team member Evan Kalish). We ...
  • Living New Deal Website Suffers a Serious Hack
    • November 25, 2020
    In mid-September the Living New Deal suffered a serious setback when tens of thousands of photographs and documents were deleted in what we believe was a politically motivated hack. Fortunately, the hack left all text and other data unscathed and we have backup for 95 percent of the lost photographs. ...
  • A Call for People with a Passion for the New Deal
    • November 25, 2020
    When the Living New Deal began documenting the New Deal’s public works a decade ago, we never imagined what a vast undertaking it would be. To date, our online map features 16,000 New Deal sites but there are tens of thousands more sites still to be discovered. The Living New Deal is looking for people to join our team of National Associates—volunteers of all ages and backgrounds ...
  • Meet Volunteer Elliott Mendrich: Director, National Associates Program
    • November 25, 2020
    I am a New Yorker, born and raised. New York City is the Living New Deal. Most of my life was lived around something built by WPA. As a child I didn’t think of the New Deal as public policy, but as part of daily life. We lived on the Upper West Side, adjacent to Riverside Park (as WPA as you ...
  • New Deal Guide to Tennessee’s Post Offices
    • November 25, 2020
    National Associate David W. Gates Jr., Jr. of Crystal Lake, Illinois, has been photographing and writing about U.S. Post Offices for over 15 years. As founder of postofficefans.com, he has visited hundreds of post offices nationwide, many built by the New Deal during the Great Depression. Between 1934 and 1943 murals and other forms ...
  • Save the Date!
    • November 25, 2020
    Wednesday, September 30, 6pm EDT From the New Deal to the Green New Deal: Connecting the Dots Between the Past and the Future The New York City branch of the Living New Deal will host a virtual panel discussion on the Green New Deal—the 1.0 version under FDR and the need for a 21st Century iteration to meet the social, economic and climate challenges of our ...
  • Art Specialist Barbara Bernstein Tells All
    • November 25, 2020
    In my elementary school in Highland Park, Illinois, were scenes of Robin Hood by Mildred Waltrip, a WPA painter. WPA murals hang in the library at my high school. I thought it was so cool when I later learned that these treasures were from a Depression-era government arts program. I ...
  • Living New Deal Makes a Splash in NYC
    • November 25, 2020
    There are more than a thousand New Deal sites across New York City, but because most are unmarked their common connection to the New Deal goes unrecognized. The Living New Deal’s New York City branch is working to remedy that. Thanks to our partnership with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, red, white and blue medallions will soon be installed identifying the New Deal origins ...
  • Mapping the New Deal in Washington DC
    • November 25, 2020
    The New Deal’s contributions to the city are largely unknown, but they transformed the nation's capital. Our forthcoming “Map and Guide to the Art and Architecture of New Deal Washington, DC” is meant to educate visitors, residents and federal workers about the vast New Deal legacy that surrounds them. Among the District’s more than 500 New Deal sites are Rock Creek Park, the National ...
  • Have We Got a (New) Deal for You!
    • November 25, 2020
    Despite the lockdown, the Living New Deal is fanning the flames of growing public interest in the New Deal. Mentions of the New Deal in both mainstream and alternative media are on the rise. Reporters turn to us as one of the best sources of information on the New Deal era. Our new monthly online newsletter, The Fireside, features articles and commentary by leading writers and historians. ...
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