Works Progress Administration Posters & General Historic House Tour

Description

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established as a part of the New Deal. Along with other Great Depression relief initiatives, the agency commissioned thousands of artists to create public art. Students will examine posters produced by the WPA in the 1930s that encouraged ideas such as Healthy Living and Ways to Help the Environment. Working in small groups, they will brainstorm, plan and learn mixed media techniques to create their own WPA-style posters. This workshop allows students to collaborate while learning practical and artistic skills and promoting themes that are important to them.

Offered At

Weeksville Heritage Center

Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn - one of America’s first free black communities. Using a contemporary lens, we activate this unique history through the presentation of innovative, vanguard and experimental programs. Weeksville advances its mission through history, preservation, visual and performing arts, ecology and the built environment.

Details

Subjects

History, 20th Century, African American History, Cultural Connections, Arts, Art

Capacity

30 students, 1 chaperone per 3 students

Duration

90 min.

Activity

Field Trip

Grades

3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Price Options

$12.00 per Person for School Group