• June 28, 2018, 7–8 p.m.

Art for the People: Progressive- and WPA-Era Murals in the Chicago Public Schools

Glessner House Museum

1800 South Prairie Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60616

The Spirit of Chicago, 1940. Carl Schurz High School. Photo by Dees Stribling.

Between 1903 and 1943, political, economic, and social forces united to bring art to the people, through public programs funded by the government. During that time, hundreds of murals were painted in Chicago public schools, but many were eventually painted over, torn down, or left to deteriorate. In the late 20th century, a massive project to document and preserve surviving murals was undertaken, the most intensive mural preservation project in American history. In this compelling lecture, Heather Becker, author of Art for the People and CEO of The Conservation Center, chronicles the story of these murals and their meticulous restoration.