Between 1934 and 1943, over 1,600 pieces of public art were installed in post offices throughout the country – 29 in Kansas. These pieces have stood the test of time - eight decades of time. Join Kara Heitz as she delves into what these murals can tell us about Kansas during the Great Depression era and how they continue to speak to us today. She will explore these questions through the lens of New Deal art programs in Kansas. Heitz will give special attention to the murals created for the Salina Post Office, sharing the process and challenges and where the pieces might be now.
Kara Heitz is a historian and educator who engages in cultural history storytelling through documentaries, podcasts, and writing. She is a lecturer in the Liberal Arts department of the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI), where she teaches courses on 20th-century American history, film and history, and critical studies.
The Smoky Hill Museum offers this presentation on Thursday, October 5, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Enjoy the presentation in person at the Museum or from the comfort of your own home via Zoom. Register for your Zoom link at www.smokyhillmuseum.org. It will also be on Facebook.
The Museum thanks Humanities Kansas for generously underwriting this presentation.