Saturday, August 14, 2021
The Illinois unit of the Federal Writers Project employed some of Chicago’s finest literary minds, most before they were known to the general public. Richard Wright, Nelson Algren, Studs Terkel, Margaret Walker, Sam Ross, Arna Bontemps, and others turned out narratives for this government agency that included the now highly collectible Illinois guide book. This exhibit explores this government initiative to support artists and the impact it had on future careers. It also ponders the possibility of future goverment programs to put writers to work.