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Art and the Depression - Lessons for Today

By Susan Barnett


Poughkeepsie, NY – Poughkeepsie's Hallie Flannagan was the country's leading champion of the arts during the Great Depression. She was charged with heading the WPA's Arts Project a daring project that launched the career of Orson Welles, John Houseman and many others. It also highlighted some of society's biggest secrets. Biographer Susan Quinn spoke with Susan Barnett about her book, Furious Improvisation, How the WPA and a Cast of Thousands Made High Art out of Desperate Times.