November 6, 2008
For fifty years starting in 1949, the Puerto Rican government’s Division of Community Education (Divedco) enlisted famous artists to make splashy, public-interest poster art about issues like hygiene and medical treatment. The ‘Rican politicos also commissioned a series of short films on the same community service topics. Maybe because they were made by artists, the films display a level of human drama not normally associated with PSA’s: watch a mother wrestle with whether or not to take her sick daughter to the hospital in “Doña Julia,” above.
See the posters at the S. Dillon Ripley Center until January 18, 2009.
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