In May 1935, as part of the great return-to-work effort known as the Works Progress Administration, or the WPA, President Franklin Roosevelt returned Americans back to work in the service of the rebuilding of a society staggering under the weight of the Great Depression.
Under the Federal Art Project of the WPA, these workers included artists, writers, actors, and musicians as well. FDR believed that in order to lift ourselves out of economic stagnation we would also need to rebuild the culture of America at the grass roots level.
On Thursday, October 8, independent filmmakers Michael Maglaras and Terri Templeton of 217 Films return to Portland with the Maine premiere of their new film “Enough to Live On: The Arts of the WPA” celebrating the 80th anniversary of this epic undertaking - a celebration of FDR’s idea that the arts in America could be a way in which the spirit of a people could be rebuilt.
“Enough to Live On” will screen at 7:00pm at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Community Education Center, and all ticket sales will benefit Goodwill Industries of Northern New England.
“We have screened all our films in Portland,” said Michael Maglaras, who is the film’s director, writer, and narrator. “But this Portland screening, in support of Goodwill Industries, is an important one for me. What Goodwill Industries stands for is the idea that each person has the ability to make a difference; each person’s life and work brings value to our society. These beliefs are truly a modern-day version of the idea fostered by Franklin Roosevelt 80 years ago, that everyone’s shoulder needs to be at the wheel if our society is to succeed.”
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Goodwill Northern New England
At Goodwill NNE, our mission is to enable individuals with diverse challenges to achieve personal stability and community engagement. Our ten year goal is to help move an additional 10,000 households into stability. We will accomplish this by integrating employee and client services, expanding health care and workforce services while raising sufficient revenue to support our mission.