P.S. 216 (Arturo Toscanini School) Mural – Brooklyn NY

Project type: Art, Murals
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Description

In 1939, Herman Simms completed a mural for the entranceway of P.S. 216 in Brooklyn with funding from the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The mural is entitled “Children in Vocational Activities and Children in Directed and Undirected Play.” The New York Times explains that “…Herman Simms, a 29-year-old artist kept off the bread lines by the Works Progress Administration, painted a mural in the entranceway of Public School 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn….It took him eight months. He was paid $20 a week.” It describes the mural thus: “One piece of the mural dealt with classroom activities — music instruction, home economics and wood shop. The companion piece depicted recreation — baseball, marbles, tug-of-war.”

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The New York Times: "Artist Returns to His Beloved Mural", last accessed January 2016

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350 Avenue X
Brooklyn, NY 11223

Coordinates: 40.5901, -73.9696

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