WPA: Works Progress Administration

WPA: Works Progress Administration: (later renamed Works Projects Administration) This federal agency (1935-1943) established by the U.S. government provided depression-era relief to the unemployed by commissioning public works. More than 5,000 artists produced works ranging from monumental murals (Willem de Kooning) to documentary photographs (Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans).”

Excerpted from: Diamond, David G. The Bulfinch Pocket Dictionary of Art Terms. Boston: Little Brown, 1992.

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