• City hall, San Francisco, CA. The Worker's Alliance, Works Progress Administration (WPA) organize demonstrations in the large cities of the nation cut in the relief appropriation by Congress


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Posters for the People: Using WPA Sources

Note: this course is offered online for Summer 2020 with synchronous meeting sessions.

Of the more than 2,000 Works Progress Administration posters known to exist, the Library of Congress has the largest physical collection. These striking silkscreen, lithograph and woodcut posters were designed to promote values and publicize health services, cultural programs, theatrical and musical performances, travel, educational programs, and community activities throughout the United States. The posters were made possible by one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts and were added to the Library’s holdings in the 1940s. In this course, learn about the WPA and its mission as well as the connections to history, art, social science and visual literacy that can enrich your teaching. Participants learn about this time period after the Great Depression, the power of design to communicate and how to use visual primary sources to engage students. Including hands-on printmaking and design studio exercises, mural tours, museum visits and more. Use the digital archives of the Library of Congress to prepare lessons based on these powerful historic images. Content is appropriate to a range of subject areas as connections to social science, history, economics, material processes, and literacy are explored.
OFFERED ONLINE SUMMER 2020
Credits & Fees
 
3.0 credits
Tuition: $525 + $50 registration fee

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Non-credit
Tuition: FREE + $50 registration fee

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Dates/Times/Location
Mon Jul 27 - Fri Aug 7, 2020
9 am - 11 am
Online
 
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Instructor
Ennis Carter
 

Summer 2020 Itinerary
(Please note: Itinerary is subject to change)
 

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