A BLUEPRINT FOR REIMAGINING OUR SOCIETY IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19 CO-CREATED BY COMMUNITY-BASED ARTISTS AND CULTURAL WORKERS
A People’s WPA is a new, beautifully illustrated publication inspired by public service job programs of the past, with an eye toward equity. The publication features the work of 25 artists and collectives transforming society today, along with 25 graphic posters, essays from the field, and a policy toolkit on how to advocate for a federally funded public works program.
Brandi Turner, Sipp Culture co-founder and program manager is among the 25 creative practitioners who supported the building of A People’s WPA, a storytelling project with the goal of convincing policymakers to invest in arts, culture, and newly imagined sectors of labor critical to our healing and survival. A People’s WPA centers the transformative role played by cultural workers through a lens of 7 themes – HEALING, NOURISHMENT, REGENERATION, REMEMBERING, LIBERATION, TRUTH TELLING and DEEPENING DEMOCRACY.
For this project, each creative practitioner was paired up with an artist to create their own “WPA Poster” in the tradition of combining the work of artists to amplify and celebrate issues and culture.