Film on WPA Arts to Premier
On Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m., the Mount Holly Town Library and the Book Nook will co-sponsor a screening of ‘Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA’ at the Mount Holly School, 150 School Street, Mount Holly. They are particularly honored that independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films will be there to introduce the screening and take questions afterward This exciting premier is free and open to the public, and the site is wheelchair accessible.
‘Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA’ captures and identifies the significance of art in American cultural life and history. As part of the great return-to-work effort known as the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in May 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt returned Americans to work in the service of the rebuilding of a society staggering under the weight of the Great Depression. Under the Federal Art Project of the WPA, these workers included artists, writers, actors and musicians. Roosevelt believed that in order to lift ourselves out of economic stagnation we would also need to rebuild the culture of America at the grass roots level.
The film features more than 70 works of art from this period, including notable works by Rockwell Kent, Dorothea Lange, Stuart Davis and Reginald Marsh, as well as rare footage of WPA artists at work. It tells the story of how Roosevelt and the New Deal moved art in America out of the rarified atmosphere of the elite and brought it directly to the American people as an inspiration and catalyst for change and recovery.