Danbury harks back to WPA art

March 3, 2017 by  

The movie Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA will be showing later this month.

Connecticut’s own Michael Maglaras produced and directed this film, which depicts the art created during the Works Progress Administration (WPA) back in the 1930s.

The film has been out since May 2015 and was part of the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal Federal Art Project. Through that project, thousands of artists received wages to create over 17,000 sculptures and over 2,000 murals all over the nation.

Works by Rockwell Kent, Stuart Avis, Dorothea Lange, and Reginald Marsh are included in the 70 works of art depicted in the film. Rare footage of artists working on WPA projects is also included. This is the story of how art in the United States moved from the elite to the average American through the efforts of President Franklin’s New Deal.

Danbury resident Robert Reynolds is featured in the film. When people make an appearance on the big screen, it is not uncommon for their family to take some stills from the film and have a local printing company turn them into calendars or personalized stationery.

The film will be shown at the Danbury Library at 170 Main Street Monday on March 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, with the screening in the Farioly Program Room. Refreshments will be served.