Film highlights art from Works Progress Administration

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Posted: Feb 15, 2015 11:24 AM
Film highlights art from Works Progress Administration

Eighty years after the federal Works Progress Administration put unemployed artists to work creating sculptures and murals for public spaces comes this reminder from film maker Michael Maglaras: Look around.

The Connecticut documentary producer says much of the art is still easily accessible, and as meaningful today as it was during the Great Depression.

His documentary "Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA" will be released May 15.

The 90-minute production revisits the inclusion of art in President Franklin D. Roosevelt's WPA program, which paid artists including Jackson Pollock and Sinclair Lewis $42 a week. Among works highlighted are two 22-foot-high murals by artist Carl Peters inside a Rochester, New York, school.

The documentary premieres at the New Britain, Connecticut, Museum of Art and will then tour the country.