On Sunday, June 28, the Dill Pickle Society, a newly-formed experimental education/ cultural center, warmly invites you to “ART FOR THE MILLIONS: THE ENDURING LEGACY OF THE WPA,” a leisurely bicycle tour of Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Portland. The ride will make several stops along the way to hear from leading scholars and examine the WPA’s relevance to contemporary society.
From 1935-1943, the WPA put more than 8 million people across the United States back to work, many in Western states, including Oregon. While many are familiar with Timberline Lodge, the WPA also helped create and improve Portland city parks, public school buildings and a variety of other public projects.
Among the tour stops are Paul Grellert’s mural at the Morrisson Street post office, the Portland Art Museum, Woody Guthrie Circle, Skidmore Fountain (where David Milholland will talk about C.E.S. Wood and the history of public art in Portland) and Abernathy School (where Friends of Arts in the Schools will show us their efforts to restore a WPA mural). The ride will also stop for lunch (provided) at Westmoreland Park (itself a WPA project), where attendees will participate in a discussion on the feasibility of implementing a federally-funded arts program today.
Registration is required to attend and space is limited to the first 40 participants. A $10 donation goes towards lunch, admissions, a “merit badge” and supplemental materials. To RSVP, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info, check out the attached poster (feel free to forward on to friends, colleagues, neighbors etc) or visit us online at: www.dillpickleclub.com <http://www.dillpickleclub.com/> .