By the fall of 1932, 25% of Connecticut’s workforce was unemployed.
As Governor Wilbur Cross accompanied presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt to a campaign address in Bridgeport, both men knew that jobs creation was a key means to provide economic relief and hope.
Many New Deal projects — including the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration — depended on state and local government cooperation.
Between 1934 and 1937, 1st Selectman King W. Mansfield and the Westport Art Committee secured funding for 16 artists to produce works for 8 public buildings here.
Westport’s WPA collections form a historically significant portion of the Westport Public Art Collections. But with schools and town buildings closed due to COVID-19, the great WestPAC works are also unavailable.
No problem! WestPAC is bringing the public art collections to the community virtually — and to art lovers everywhere, far beyond 06880.
Two new exhibits were just launched. The first highlights the WPA works. (Click here to view.)
The pop art collection is also now online. (Click here to view.)
Not a lot of good things have come out of the pandemic. The chance to view the astonishing Westport Public Art Collections — perhaps unparalleled by any suburban town anywhere — from the comfort of your self-isolating home is one of them.
For more information on WestPAC — and to search the entire collection — click here.