The Frances Perkins Center partners with the Lincoln Theater to present the film ‘The New Deal for Artists’ with guest speaker Sarah Peskin
NEWCASTLE – The Frances Perkins Center has partnered with the Lincoln Theater in Damariscotta to present the remastered film “The New Deal for Artists” (1976) on Thursday, July 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sarah Peskin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Frances Perkins Center, will present a post-screening conference following the morning and evening screenings of the film.
With the failure of President Hoover’s policy at the end of 1929, marked by the stock market crash of October 24, 1929 and the Great Depression that followed, the decade that began with the dream of endless progress and prosperity s ‘is over with millions of unemployed. . American industrial workers who had lost their jobs lined the streets for a bowl of soup and a piece of bread. Depression, new technology and bank foreclosure have driven more than half of American farmers into bankruptcy. In 1932 something had to change and the newly elected President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) created the New Deal to put America back to work. The Works Project Administration (WPA) and Farm Security Administration (FSA) have been formed to carry out this plan.
Frances Perkins, secretary of labor under FDR, established programs to hire visual artists to beautify federal buildings under construction. It did so at the very beginning of the FDR administration. Eventually, some 10,000 artists were employed by the various New Deal art programs, not to mention the thousands of writers, directors, actors and others who were employed in their fields during FDR’s tenure from 1933 to 1945 and who are shown in the movie. .
Told by the iconic Orson Welles, “The New Deal for Artists” features a who’s who of 20eluminaries of the century, including Studs Terkel, John Houseman, Arthur Rothstein, Howard Da Silva, James Brooks, Nelson Algren and many more. Peskin will speak after each performance. Admission is general and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door, concessions will be available and masks are optional. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes. For tickets and more information visit www. lincolntheater.net.