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New Deal Art Legacy Tour

When the Great Depression knocked America to its knees during the 1930s, New Mexico was able to survive, thanks largely to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, a plan he promised would "aid the forgotten man." The New Deal employed at least 167 New Mexico artists who produced more than 1,000 works of art across the state, improving courthouses, city halls, libraries, schools and other public buildings with paintings, murals and interior design elements that included hand-carved furniture, tin work, pottery and other items.