Wednesday, October 8, 2008

WPA Poster ~ Michigan Art Month

The artist of this circa 1936-1941 WPA poster was Maurice Merlin. He was commissioned through the state of Michigan and a Federal Art Project, to design a poster that would encourage citizens to familiarize themselves and purchase art made by local artists.

The WPA was the largest program under FDR's New Deal. Critics were numerous and nicknamed the program "We Piddle Along", "We Poke Along" and "We Putter Around". The goal was to remove millions of people from the relief rolls and into jobs during the Great Depression.

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