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About this collection

Exhibition: October 27 to December 15, 2011, in conjunction with Carrollton Collects: Prints from the WPA

Called "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", this mini-exhibition is named after a popular song by Harburg & Gorney that was commissioned during the Great Depression. The song chronicles a formerly successful WWI soldier and skilled worker, now out of work, reduced by the Great Depression to asking if anyone can spare a dime. Instead of asking for a handout, the artists participating in the "Ven d'Arte project" project are symbolically giving back the assistance given to the artists during the Federal Art Project by donating their art.

Vistors can purchase small works on paper for $5 from a coin-operated vending machine dispensing prints, drawings and paintings donated by local and regional artists. All proceeds benefit the Carroll County Soup Kitchen. The "Ven d'Arte project" was developed by Professor Santini through a faculty research grant from the University of West Georgia.

 
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