When the nation was at its lowest point and people were most desperate, the federal government came up with innovative ways to transform cities like Tyler and the lives of those involved.
To celebrate their 2015 fundraiser, the Smith County Historical Society will host a special screening of the newest film from documentarian Michael Maglaras, “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 in the Taylor Auditorium of Tyler Public Library.
Maglaras and his producing partner, Terri Templeton, will be on hand for the screening.
The film highlights the Works Progress Administration, which launched hundreds of different projects all over the nation during the Great Depression. Workers contributed in fields ranging from building roads to creating public art.
More than 10,000 artists created 225,000 works of public art from 1933 to 1943. Tyler received a wealth of benefits from the WPA programs, including Tyler State Park, many buildings and art. Continue reading at this link.
The Sacramento Beecalled Michael Maglaras a film maker of "Bergman-like gravitas." His films have been described as "virtuoso filmmaking" (National Gallery of Art) "alive and fresh" (Art New England) "elegiac and insightful" (Naples Daily News) "unforgettable" (Journal of American History) and "comparable to that of the widely acclaimed Ken Burns" (New Britain Herald). David Berona, author of Wordless Books, said of O Brother Man "this film is stunning." Judith Regan of Sirius XM called it "magnificent." The Dartmouth's review of The Great Confusion noted "Michael Maglaras brought the drama of the original show back to life." Library Journal called it "an excellent analysis of an event that changed the art world." The Blue Paper called Maglaras's film on the arts of the WPA "a wonderful celebration of America, her people, and her possibilities." Matt Hinrichs wrote "The only thing better than this documentary would be for the WPA itself to come back." Maglaras was recently featured in a full-length interview on Conversations from Penn State on Public Television.