September 2010: The Dill Pickle Club’s Art for the Millions: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA

Art for the Millions is an audio CD and 28-page guided tour of Portland public works projects of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a federally-funded program that provided relief to millions of idle workers during the height of the Great Depression. The audio program includes interviews with David Millholand, Ginny Allen, Nina Olsson, Mark Humpal and Margaret Bullock, while the guidebook details over nine WPA sites in the Portland metro area. Also included is the essay “A Look Back and a Step Forward: The Relevance of the WPA Today,” and a list of WPA resources.

The Dill Pickle Club organizes educational projects that help us understand the place in which we live. Through tours, public programs and publications, we create nontraditional and interactive learning environments where all forms of knowledge are valued and made readily accessible. Founded in 2009, we are a volunteer-run organization, with a shared belief in the vitality of community education and democracy.