Georgia Museum of Art

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In the 1930s, the government created a package of programs to add new jobs to the faltering economy. One of them was the Works Progress Administration, which hired people to work on a wide variety of public service projects, including public art.

Many famous male artists that came to define American art, such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, got their start through the WPA. But a new exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens seeks to shed light on a number of female WPA artists.


As mental health becomes a political talking point, Georgia schools are finding innovative ways to make social and emotional learning part of the curriculum.  

Dr. Debra Murdock is the Executive Director for Cherokee County School District's Social Emotional Learning initiative. She spoke to On Second Thought on the importance of sustaining mental balance for students.


We spoke with trailblazing artists and explored Georgia's revitalized oyster market on today's show.

Richard Hunt's public art can be seen in places like Augusta's Springfield Park. His abstract sculptures helped redefine shared spaces since his start in the 1950s. "Richard Hunt: Synthesis" is a new exhibit opening at the Georgia Museum of Art honoring Hunt's prolific career. We spoke with Hunt and Shawnya Harris, the exhibit's curator.


Richard Hunt Sculpture Augusta Art Artwork
Richard Hunt

The downtown branch of the Atlanta Public Library and Augusta's Springfield Park are both home to Richard Hunt's sculptures. Hunt changed the look of public art since his start in the 1950s.

 

The Chicago-based artist's work will be on display at the Georgia Museum of Art beginning this Saturday. The exhibit is called "Richard Hunt: Synthesis." We spoke with Hunt and Shawnya Harris, the exhibit's curator.