Synopsis by Sally Barber
In one of America's darkest hours, a monumental effort emerged to maintain the nation's heart and soul through art. Between 1935 and 1943, the government established the Works Projects Administration, the Federal Arts Project, and other plans known as New Deal programs. Through these efforts, thousands of visual artists were supported through the Great Depression-era as they created a tremendous body of work. Artists at Work: The New Deal Art Projects recounts this important chapter in American art history. Archival footage, photos, and newsreels bring the period to life. Film highlights feature a look at works produced at the time and interviews with artists who participated in the programs, including Ilya Bolotowsky, Alice Neel, Jacob Lawrence, Lee Krasner, James Brooks, Joseph Delaney, Joseph Solman, and others.