Art For the Millions Bike Ride: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA
Bike Tour, held in conjunction with PAM’s Cyclepedia exhibition
Saturday, June 15th 10AM-1PM
Ride Departs from Portland Art Museum
During the height of the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) provided economic relief to millions of idle workers by employing them in the creation of public works projects and arts education programs. Although highly controversial in its time for its leftist political leanings, the WPA is cited as a major factor for the re-stabilization of the American economy leading up to WWII. Join Know Your City for a repeat of our first-ever tour, as we take a leisurely bicycle field trip/ tour of WPA-sponsored projects in Portland and hear from leading authorities on the subject.
Portland Art Museum – houses over 400 works of art by WPA-affiliated artists/Crumpacker Family Library WPA photo collection
Skidmore Fountain (guest speaker David Millholand) – site of Portland’s first public art, near Oregon Art Project building
Multnomah County Library – several paintings by C.S. Price and others
East Portland Post Office (guest speaker Mark Humpal) – site of mural by Paul Grellert
Woody Guthrie Circle Monument – Bonneville Power Administration – site of Woody Guthrie memorial
- all participants will receive a free copy of our WPA booklet and free admission to the Art Museum!