Whether dancers, painters, or sax players, artists are a central part of American society. When economic trouble hits, it’s good if the rest of us remember that.
Last week I mentioned that within the relief and recovery programs of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal during the Great Depression, there were measures specifically designed to help artists who needed relief as much as any American worker. In helping artists, these programs also nourished American culture.
When you look over the roster of artists who were involved with the New Deal, you’ll find some names you’ve likely heard of. People like Jackson Pollock, Marsden Hartley, Diego Rivera, Philip Guston, Mark Rothko, John Sloan, Stuart Davis, and