August 29, 1935
The Federal Art Project (FAP) is established as part of the Works Progress Administration and FDR’s New Deal. Like all WPA programs, its goal is to create jobs. Most of the jobs involved creating public art for government buildings like schools, libraries, airports and the like. One of the great features is that the program doesn’t favor representation over abstraction, but encourages all styles. Before it ends on June 30, 1943 it employs artists such as:
Thomas Hart Benton
Willem de Kooning
This isn’t a complete list, just some of the heavy hitters. That’s a Who’s Who of 20th Century Art, for sure.