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In January, 1938, when I became acting director of the Center, and later when I was made the director, I found that I had brought to the task a whole set of ideals and ideas born in the minds of many people and deriving from many sources. So impelling were these ideals and so important was the work at hand that individuals willingly identified themselves with the collective will of the many.  >>more...>>

Title:     The Harlem Community Art Center
Author:    Bennett, Gwendolyn
Publisher:     The Federal Art Project
Type:     Article

Listed Under:
Community Art Centers
Harlem Art Workshop
Harlem, New York
New York City

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.