“CETA Saved Me”

The Comprehensive Employment and Training Act

In 1978, more than 600 artists – visual, literary and performing – were employed in New York City through the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA). The Cultural Council Foundation (CCF) oversaw the largest project, with 300 artists. Another 200 artists were employed in four concurrent projects administered by Hospital Audiences, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, American Jewish Congress, and Theater for the Forgotten. This feature shows three images from each of six participating CETA photographers and is guest curated by CETA member Larry Racioppo. Click through to the end to learn more about CETA.