The Monroe Council of the Arts offers a free brochure and map, "WPA and FERA Key West and the Florida Keys: Federally Subsidized Works and Arts Projects of the 1930s." Hotels, motels, restaurants, attractions, other businesses, and individuals can receive the brochure by calling the Arts Council or by visiting a local library.
The colorful four-panel publication, with authentic graphics and photography, discusses the artists and sites involved in the unique federal art program that rescued the Florida Keys from the Great Depression and transformed the region into the cultural tourism destination we know today. A detailed map locates historic WPA and FERA artworks in sixteen sites from Islamorada to Key West. Biographies of nineteen artists and an informative essay on the programs round out a guide that is both fun and educational for visitors and residents.
The brochure, researched by Florida Keys Community College art professor Malcolm Ross and created by Solares Hill Design Group, is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and by the Florida Arts Council.
For more information, call Hal Howland at 305-294-4406.