The WPA in New York City

by Casey de Pont, editor,

As part of his New Deal initiative, Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration as a way to get 8.5 million unemployed Americans back to work. WPA workers were instrumental in building a vast network of bridges, airports, roads and other public infrastructure, but their work was not limited to construction projects. The WPA also sponsored art, music, theater and writing programs.

New York City was home to many WPA projects. Click on the pins below to view art from a selection of local works:

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