Friday, October 30, 2015

Key West's The Blue Paper Reviews New Film on WPA Art

“Enough To Live On: The Arts of the WPA...is a lovingly crafted, historically significant work of art in its own right....a wonderful celebration of America, her people and her possibilities." 
~ Alex Symington, Key West, The Blue Paper  


I recently watched a first-rate documentary about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Crash of ’29 and the inception and successful creation of the Works Progress Administration, better know as the WPA. “Enough To Live On: The Arts of the WPA” written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras and partner Terri Templeton is a lovingly crafted, historically significant work of art in its own right. Most Americans are aware of the ambitious effort by our federal government to employ Americans during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, however “Enough to Live On” takes us a bit further into the role art played in our recovery as a nation and makes clear the essential nature of art for a society/culture to maintain intellectual curiosity and a political vibrancy. Suffering staggering unemployment with a national population a little more than a third of what it is today and with 1300 bank failures by 1931 and more failing every day, the future was decidedly bleak.  Continue reading the article at this link.