New Deal Murals Interactive App

NEH will be participating in two upcoming events highlighting technology and cultural tourism: the Cultural Heritage Tourism Exchange on April 24th and 25th, and a Congressional briefing on May 2nd (details to be announced).

When President Franklin Roosevelt started the Works Progress Administration (WPA), he hoped both to boost national morale and to provide economic relief. The WPA commissioned projects that would benefit the country as a whole—for example, by creating jobs for artists working on projects designed to instill pride in national and local history. Artists painted frescoes, now known as the New Deal Murals, throughout San Francisco with support from the WPA.

Today, the murals draw visitors from all across the country. KQED, an NPR affiliate in northern California, created the Let’s Get Lost app to teach visitors about the history of the murals, as well as the WPA and the New Deal era. KQED received funding from NEH’s Division of Public Programs to create this cultural tourism app. The app allows Bay-Area visitors to explore the New Deal Murals and other local sites through walking tours, video clips, and a related website. The app is free to download for iOS and android devices.