DAI’s lead educator on collection’s Jewish WPA artists
Casey Goldman, lead museum educator with the Dayton Art Institute, will present Art, Government, Hope: Jewish Artists Contribute to WPA’s Federal Art Project via Zoom at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 10, hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council.
She’ll provide an overview of Jewish artists in the DAI’s collection who worked with the Federal Art Project, an arm of the Works Progress Administration, which was developed as part of the New Deal in the 1930s to support artists during the Great Depression.
“Part of the reason behind selecting this topic and these artists is to highlight the diversity of our collection,” Goldman says. “We have nearly 27,000 objects, but the museum is only able to display close to a thousand at a given time. And while DAI’s Jewish artists who participated in the WPA may only be but a fraction of our overall art by Jewish artists, the program will also look holistically at the role art plays during times of national crisis and make connections to contemporary artists of today.”
Goldman, who began her work with the DAI two years ago, received her master’s of art in teaching and bachelor’s of fine arts from the Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C. She has taught in private and public schools and worked at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Ringling Museum of Art, and The Phillips Collection.