The Works Projects Administration (WPA), originally the Works Progress Administration, was the largest and most ambitious agency in FDR’s New Deal. The WPA appropriated 6.7 percent of the country’s GDP in 1935—$4.9 billion—to hire millions of unemployed people for public works projects. WPA workers constructed buildings. They built roads and bridges across the nation. The agency also became a patron of the arts, hiring writers, musicians, painters, actors and directors for large scale artistic productions and programs.
And they made posters. Lots of posters. Read more.