Mansfield Center for the Performing Arts
"The Great Falls Civic Center building was built in the 1930s,
under the Works Progress Administration. The Works Progress Administration was renamed in 1939 to the Work Projects Administration
(WPA). The program was created by Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidential order and funded by Congress with passage
of the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act on April 8, 1935.
This was the
largest New Deal agency, employing millions of people and affecting almost
every locality in the United States, especially rural and western mountain populations. The WPA provided jobs and income to
the unemployed during the Great Depression in the United States. The program built many public buildings, projects and roads
and operated large arts, drama, media and literacy projects. It fed children and redistributed food, clothing and housing.
Almost every community in America has a park, bridge or school constructed by the agency. The City of Great Falls has the
Great Falls Civic Center as a result of the WPA.
The plush Mansfield Theater, located
at the front of the Civic Center, showcases its historic elegance through intricate architecture and acoustics that are unrivaled
in the state. The intimate 1,782-seat venue is adaptable for concerts, ballet, grand opera, road shows, country and rock music
spectaculars, musicals, stage productions, travelogues, conventions and lectures."
Courtesy of Mansfield Center for the Performing