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The recent interest in modern architecture and in functionalism, in plain surfaces and in simplicity, has given the study of the Shaker arts an impetus, and those who once considered it beneath their notice are beginning to claim it proudly as one of their most, if not their most, individual native art traditions.  >>more...>>

Title:     The Shaker Arts and Crafts
Author:    Smith, Gordon M.
Publisher:     The Federal Art Project
Type:     Article

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Arts and Crafts
Federal Art Project
Index of American Design

Notes:     This essay was originally written for a proposed report to Congress on the value of the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project (WPA/FAP). The proposed report, to be called "Art for the Millions," was never published and these essays by WPA/FAP artists and administrators went unnoticed until rediscovered by art historian Francis V. O'Connor among the private papers of WPA/FAP Director Holger Cahill.

The original manuscript is now in the file "Federal Support for the Visual Arts: The New Deal and Now" at the Library of the National Collection of Fine Arts of the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C. For a history of the Art for the Millions project, see Francis V. O'Connor's introduction in his Art for the Millions: Essays from the 1930s by Artists and Administrators of the WPA Federal Art Project (Greenwood, CT, 1973), p. 13-31.