Blackwing Coloring Pencil Set
- Box of 12 colored pencils
- Semi-hexagonal barrel
Featuring the same semi-hexagonal barrel of the iconic Blackwing graphite pencils, these color pencils also include a metal end cap, adding some weight and a comfortable, balanced feel. In 12 vibrant shades, their smooth color core is designed specifically for coloring.
During the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s and into the early years of World War II, the Federal government supported the arts in unprecedented ways. For 11 years, between 1933 and 1943, federal tax dollars employed artists, musicians, actors, writers, photographers, and dancers. Never before or since has our government so extensively sponsored the arts.
The New Deal arts projects provided work for jobless artists, but they also had a larger mission: to promote American art and culture and to give more Americans access to what President Franklin Roosevelt described as "an abundant life." The projects saved thousands of artists from poverty and despair and enabled Americans all across the country to see an original painting for the first time, attend their first professional live theater, or take their first music or drawing class.
The arts projects also sparked controversy. Some politicians believed them to be wasteful propaganda and wanted them ended; others wanted them expanded. Such controversy, along with the United States' entry into World War II, eventually killed the projects. Much of what they fashioned has survived through the efforts of museums, libraries, and archives, including the National Archives and Records Administration. They are examples of an extraordinary burst of American creativity that occurred during a time of tremendous change and trial.