Putting Imagination to Work
Decades ago, the Federal Art Project was founded to employ artists and artisans in response to the Great Depression. Sculpture, paintings, murals, photographs, posters, prints and crafts were created for the people, often adorning libraries, post offices, and other public spaces that served the greater good. As a result, the arts not only flourished but became widely accessible – offering hope, purpose and a sense of beauty to Americans at a time when it was most needed.
Arts and Education at the Hoyt is recreating the spirit of this WPA-era program with the formation of ArtWorksHere, a program dedicated to funding local art by local artists in Lawrence County. The work produced will similarly benefit public spaces while putting the imagination of our creative community to work.
How you can help
In the spirit of Giving Tuesday Now, the Hoyt will redirect up to $20,000 from its Public Art Fund to seed the initiative on May 5, 2020. Please help the initiative grow with your own gift of $10, $25, $50, $100 or more! At the end of the day, it’s not the amount that will make the difference in our community, it’s your participation!
More information on ArtWorksHere, including how artists can apply for funding, is available here.