Public Works of Art Project: Overveiw

The Federal Arts Administration was a branch of the Works Progress Administration Established in 1935. Its aim was to bring the visual arts back to the American people. Increasingly over previous decades the arts  were reserved for the rich, a luxury to participate in whether it was to be able to create or enjoy. Removed from the voice of the American people, Franklin and eleanor Roosevelt saw the importance of returning the arts to the people and restoring it as a base to portray common life beauties as well as struggles. During the development and life of the Federal Arts Administration several questions were became key: What is the role of art in American life and how is art considered to be ‘quality art’? Additionally, a conflict throughout the program’s administration, managing the balance between portraying government ideals and representing a wide range of American experience and views.