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Bridgeport WPA
( April 23 - May 2, 2009)

The Bridgeport Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a project initiated for Version Festival 9. It took place in late April and was a multifaceted exhibition and public art program. A fantastic Photo pool organized by artist, Shannon Sebine, shows some of the projects from the WPA project and other programs during the festival. Of special note during that year's festival was the censorship of Gabrial Villa's mural by the Chicago Streets and Sanitation Department's Graffiti Blasters. The censorship of the mural received international attention and our Alderman won a 2010 Thomas Jefferson Muzzle Award.

Here is the program text from the Versionfest 09 website:

The Bridgeport WPA is a cultural program that the federal government could instigate as part of their latest economic stimulus package. Inspired by Roosevelt’s New Deal cultural programs under the WPA (WORKS PROGRESS ADMINISTRATION) The Bridgeport WPA underscores the necessity for the support of artists and the idea of civic responsibility to the greater society. The projects unfold on the streets and on the walls of buildings in Bridgeport, the Community of the Future.

The accompanying exhibition, Bridgeport WPA Poster Project, examines work by artists who responded to our call for works! Silk-screened posters and maps to public works created for this project will be unveiled at the opening. Posters will be available for purchase and you can also find them throughout the neighbohood. Exhibition runs through May 2, 2009.

Bridgeport WPA Projects include:

WPA Poster Project
Sonnenzimmer, Gregory Calvert, Derek Dietrich-Muller, Katie McCauley, Mark McGinnis / Country Club, Chris Roberson, Steve Walters / Screwball Press, Liz Tapp, Angee Lennard / Spudnik Press, Rebecca Rakstad / No Coast, Emily Clayton, Dan Grzeca, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Jen Farrell / Starshaped Press, Daniel MacAdam / Crosshair, Rod Hunting / Post Family , Chad Kouri / Post family, Ryan Duggan, Superkonduktor, Christa Donner, Mike Renaud and others…

Project Treehouse
Kathleen Tieri and Wade Tillet

Let Us Know and Praise Famous Bridgeport
A photography book project will be created during the festival by: Shannon Benine, Stephanie Burke, Jonathan Gitelson, Mayumi Lake, Kathleen Belew, Jeremiah Chiu, Renata Graw

WPA Photographer
Our official WPA photographer is Paul Rizzuto.

WPA Murals and Street Works
Public Murals, street interventions and sculptures by Bill Mackey, Emily Clayton, Ed Marszewski, Michael Genovese, Gabriel Villa, Dominic Fortunato, Theodore Boggs and others.

The Bridgeport Travel Bureau Kiosk will contain programs, guides, leaflets, pamphlets and zines that are contributed by festival participants including the Immodest Proposals manifesto zine, and Canon a new art zine with contributions by Brian Wallace, Amanda Brinkman, Susan Morelock, Lucy Parker, Joel Kuennen, Benjamin Pearson Jared Ray, Maureen Burns, Jorge Mujica

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