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Maker: Marv Grayson; Project Heavy Central
Date Made: 1977
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 55.9 cm x 43.2 cm; 22 in x 17 in
Main Subject: Alcohol, Tobacco & Drugs
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Attack Wack! Wanted For Murder!!! Angel Dust (p.c.p) Kills People!!! Sparc's (arts against pcp campaign) / sponsored in part by CETA title vi, city of los angeles printing by Project Heavy Central design by Marv Grayson
Acquisition Number: 2003-084
CETA, the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act, began in 1973 and was the largest Federally-funded artists' project since the WPA. Its mission was to train those who were unemployed or low-income workers and issue them jobs in the public service, with the hope that they could then swim into the economy at large. The CETA Artists’ Project employed artists, introducing their efforts and talent into many communities across the U.S.
In 1978, People magazine and Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes called PCP (Phencyclidine), also known as "angel dust," or "Wack," the country's "number one" drug problem. PCP was epidemic at the time in Venice and around other low income neighborhoods. The Social Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) opened in 1976-77,and this poster was for their first campaign as a team of Ceta Artists. SPARC had a PCP Van which went through the neighborhood warning about the dangers of PCP.