BOOK & BOTTLE: WPA Art & Artists: Long Island's New Deal Legacy

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BOOK & BOTTLE: WPA Art & Artists: Long Island's New Deal Legacy

Jim "Zak" Szakmary presents "WPA Art & Artists: Long Island's New Deal Legacy", a program covering local WPA-inspired artwork on Long Island

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Suffolk County Historical Society 300 West Main Street Riverhead, NY 11901

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Join us for our BOOK & BOTTLE Lecture Series on "WPA Art & Artists: Long Island's New Deal Legacy," with Jim "Zak" Szakmary

Saturday, December 10, 2022 - 1:00 PM

Members Free; Non-Members $8. Includes light refreshments plus admission to current exhibits! Registration & non-refundable prepayment required: 631-727-2881 x100

This fascinating illustrated presentation will take you on a tour of local WPA-inspired art on Long Island. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was our nation's largest and most ambitious American New Deal agency, offering millions of unemployed men and women jobs during the Great Depression era. Public buildings, roads, and bridges were built, but also artists were employed to create murals, easel paintings, sculpture, graphic art, posters, photography, theater scenic design, and arts and crafts. Learn about the Long Island WPA artists and the historic artworks they created in the in the 1930s--and where on the island you can still find these pieces of our history today.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Jim "Zak" Szakmary lectures on local history topics. A retired air-traffic controller, Zak was a docent at the William Floyd Estate, a volunteer at the Suffolk County Historical Society, and a past president of the Narrow Bay Historical Society. He earned his bachelor's in history from Stony Book University and his graduate certificate in Public History from Empire State College.