Art Within Reach: From the WPA to the Present
       
     
 Curation, Project Management and Installation by Prescott Trudeau  Exhibition Design with Asad Pervaiz.
       
     
 Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this project encompassed much more than just a gallery exhibition. The project began with a collection of artworks created by children during the Depression under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project.   
       
     
 During the WPA many artists were put to work as educators. Scholars consider this program to be the first formal art classes administered in the United States.
       
     
 The museum formed the Young Artists Residency Program, and in 2010 twenty kids representing all five boroughs of NYC were selected to participate in a series of classes that taught them about the WPA, the Depression-era children's paintings, and how to paint themselves.
       
     
 Students used similar media as the students from the 1930s. 
       
     
 Over the course of six weeks, students developed their water color skills and worked towards a final composition that reflected their perceptions of living in New York City in the 21st century. 
       
     
Exhibition Catalog
       
     
 In addition to educational programming, the project funded new scholarship on the WPA/FAP in the form of essays written by Dr. Marilyn Kushner and Dr. Steven Dubin, and printed in the exhibition catalog. 
       
     
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Gallery Guide
       
     
 The project also included a gallery guide that fused historical facts, hands-on art activities, and a take-away poster.
       
     
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 CMA's Executive Director Dave Kaplan.
       
     
 Participants of the Young Artist Residency Program gather to see their artworks at the Opening Reception.
       
     
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 And we made the New York Times!
       
     
 Inspired by Depression-era songs, The Cangelosi Cards regaled visitors to the Opening Reception.
       
     
 We also did some speechifying...
       
     
 And a lecture series on the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project....
       
     
 And a screenprinting workshop for artists to create their own tote bags.
       
     
 The physical exhibition incorporated myriad opportunities for art making.
       
     
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 Children's artwork from the 1930s.
       
     
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Art Within Reach: From the WPA to the Present
       
     
Art Within Reach: From the WPA to the Present

Jan 19 - Jun 5, 2011

Children's Museum of the Arts, NYC

 Curation, Project Management and Installation by Prescott Trudeau  Exhibition Design with Asad Pervaiz.
       
     

Curation, Project Management and Installation by Prescott Trudeau

Exhibition Design with Asad Pervaiz.

 Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this project encompassed much more than just a gallery exhibition. The project began with a collection of artworks created by children during the Depression under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project.   
       
     

Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this project encompassed much more than just a gallery exhibition. The project began with a collection of artworks created by children during the Depression under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project.

 

 During the WPA many artists were put to work as educators. Scholars consider this program to be the first formal art classes administered in the United States.
       
     

During the WPA many artists were put to work as educators. Scholars consider this program to be the first formal art classes administered in the United States.

 The museum formed the Young Artists Residency Program, and in 2010 twenty kids representing all five boroughs of NYC were selected to participate in a series of classes that taught them about the WPA, the Depression-era children's paintings, and how to paint themselves.
       
     

The museum formed the Young Artists Residency Program, and in 2010 twenty kids representing all five boroughs of NYC were selected to participate in a series of classes that taught them about the WPA, the Depression-era children's paintings, and how to paint themselves.

 Students used similar media as the students from the 1930s. 
       
     

Students used similar media as the students from the 1930s. 

 Over the course of six weeks, students developed their water color skills and worked towards a final composition that reflected their perceptions of living in New York City in the 21st century. 
       
     

Over the course of six weeks, students developed their water color skills and worked towards a final composition that reflected their perceptions of living in New York City in the 21st century. 

Exhibition Catalog
       
     
Exhibition Catalog

Edited by NOLA Art Dept. 

Design by Asad Pervaiz.

 In addition to educational programming, the project funded new scholarship on the WPA/FAP in the form of essays written by Dr. Marilyn Kushner and Dr. Steven Dubin, and printed in the exhibition catalog. 
       
     

In addition to educational programming, the project funded new scholarship on the WPA/FAP in the form of essays written by Dr. Marilyn Kushner and Dr. Steven Dubin, and printed in the exhibition catalog. 

IMG_8328_web.jpg
       
     
IMG_8330_web.jpg
       
     
IMG_8327_web.jpg
       
     
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Gallery Guide
       
     
Gallery Guide

Written & Edited by NOLA Art Dept

Design by Asad Pervaiz

 The project also included a gallery guide that fused historical facts, hands-on art activities, and a take-away poster.
       
     

The project also included a gallery guide that fused historical facts, hands-on art activities, and a take-away poster.

IMG_8344_web.jpg
       
     
IMG_8347_web.jpg
       
     
IMG_8350_web.jpg
       
     
 CMA's Executive Director Dave Kaplan.
       
     

CMA's Executive Director Dave Kaplan.

 Participants of the Young Artist Residency Program gather to see their artworks at the Opening Reception.
       
     

Participants of the Young Artist Residency Program gather to see their artworks at the Opening Reception.

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 And we made the New York Times!
       
     

And we made the New York Times!

 Inspired by Depression-era songs, The Cangelosi Cards regaled visitors to the Opening Reception.
       
     

Inspired by Depression-era songs, The Cangelosi Cards regaled visitors to the Opening Reception.

 We also did some speechifying...
       
     

We also did some speechifying...

 And a lecture series on the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project....
       
     

And a lecture series on the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project....

 And a screenprinting workshop for artists to create their own tote bags.
       
     

And a screenprinting workshop for artists to create their own tote bags.

 The physical exhibition incorporated myriad opportunities for art making.
       
     

The physical exhibition incorporated myriad opportunities for art making.

5388153343_68417b1df6_z.jpg
       
     
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dc10.jpg
       
     
dc11.jpg
       
     
dc31.jpg
       
     
dc41.jpg
       
     
 Children's artwork from the 1930s.
       
     

Children's artwork from the 1930s.

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