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The Federal Arts Project in Connecticut: Then and Now

This program with Heather Prescott, Cynthia Roznoy and Amy Trout will trace the history of the Federal Arts Project in Connecticut. At the Oliver Wolcott Library on Tuesday, September 9, from 7:00- 8:00 p.m.

PRLog - Aug. 26, 2014 - LITCHFIELD, Conn. -- The Great Depression of 1929- 1940 and the 18-month recession that started in December of 2007 produced vastly different responses from the federal government.  In the 1930’s, the Works Progress Administration created the Federal Act Project (FAP) to put unemployed artists to work by creating murals, paintings, sculpture, pottery and other forms of art for public spaces.  In 2008, the government chose a business-orientated approach that focused on financial assistance to troubled corporations.  This program will trace the history of the Federal Arts Project in Connecticut and consider why a “back to work” program like FAP would be unlikely to happen today.

Heather Prescott is a professor of History at Central Connecticut State University.  She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University.  Cynthia Roznoy is curator of the Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center.  A graduate of Hunter College, she received her Ph.D. from Graduate Center/CUNY.  Amy Trout is curator at the Connecticut River Museum and she holds a B.A. in American Studies from Nazareth College of Rochester and an MA in American Studies and Maternal Culture from The George Washington University.

All Oliver Wolcott Library events are free and open to the public.  Space is limited.  Registration is required and can be done by calling 860-567-8030 or logging onto www.owlibrary.org and clicking on Programs/Adult Programs.  This event is sponsored by the Oliver Wolcott Library and the Connecticut Humanities Initiative, CT at Work.

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