About this project We are bringing back the WPA (Work Projects Administration), because the government hasn't. We will open two WPA offices - one in a rural hamlet, and one in an urban center - for recovery by the communities themselves!
What is the WPA?During the last Great Depression, the Work Projects Administration (WPA) employed millions of people through creative projects across the country, ranging from parks, sidewalks, and roads to posters, murals, and oral histories. It reached out directly to people who needed it most. So, we will work with community members to identify needed public work, and hire people from the community to complete those works in their own neighborhoods, all under the auspices of the US WPA 2010
What has the WPA-2010 done? We have secured offices in the rural hamlet of Wassaic, New York, and the urban center of Jamaica, Queens, and are finalists for a commission to open a third office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We have received donations of office and work space, construction equipment, a "WPA 2010" pavement press, project management software, silk-screen equipment, and organized a series of community action workshops to spearhead this citizen-run WPA initiative.
What will the WPA-2010 do? We will open two WPA offices. We will run training programs in community assessment, organize workshops to select and implement community-identified projects, and employ people to work in their own neighborhood on projects of their own community's choice.
In short, we will spearhead small-scale community-driven projects, putting people to work and completing the public works people want to see in the communities in which they live. Since the government hasn’t brought the WPA back, we will!
What will we do with the money? $1000 will start the WPA in one neighborhood, spearheading community-driven public works projects. $2000 will allow us to open the second office. Our office-space has been donated, so none of this money goes toward rent. We have already received a tremendous amount of help through donations of equipment, office-space, and services, but we need funds for construction and art materials, wages for workers, WPA-outreach, and workshop materials.
These funds will bring the WPA back, engaging a community in this real-life street-theater: it will bring neighbors together, dressed as the WPA, doing the work of the WPA, fixing up our country with their own ideas and elbow grease.
The Work Projects Administration 2010 has received in-kind donations from the Cambridge Arts Council, Chasharma, Harvest New Founders Program, Not An Alternative/ The Change You Want To See, Trade School, The Wassaic Project, and numerous individuals we will thank in our website and updates.
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