A few days ago The Writers’ Almanac highlighted the anniversary of the funding approval for the American Federal Art Project . The Works Progress Administration was part of F.D. Roosevelt’s New Deal initiatives to get unemployed Americans back to work during the Depression.
Just imagine–a government program to support artists in their work. It’s reported that Roosevelt said that artists “….got to eat like other people.”
Romare Bearden, Mark Rothko and Jo Mora are a few of the thousands of artists who benefited from the seven year program.
On a recent trip to La Jolla, California, we stumbled upon the Map & Atlas Museum of La Jolla.
Wow! What treasures are in this amazing and comprehensive collection: there are maps dating from the 15th century! Thanks to Michael R. Stone for making this collection available to the public, in a very elegant setting.
The old maps are wonderful examples of etching, and woodcuts. I was happy to see the printer was acknowledged on many of the maps.
I particularly enjoyed the ‘cartes’ of Jo Mora, who was born in Uruguay, and spent most of his adult life working in the U.S. His maps are entertaining, as well as educational. Despite the fact they were printed in the 1940’s, the work seems ‘fresh’ and modern.