The Federal Art Project (FAP) was a New Deal program to fund the arts in America. The program operated from 1935 to 1943. It was created as part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a way to employ artists during the Great Depression. Many of the works produced by the FAP are still on display in government buildings, schools, and museums across the country.
The FAP was one of the largest and most ambitious art projects in American history. Between 1935 and 1943, the project employed more than 5,000 artists who created nearly 200,000 works of art. The majority of these were paintings, but there were also sculptures, murals, prints, and posters. The works created by the FAP artists are still on display in government buildings, schools, and museums across the United States.
The FAP was an important part of the New Deal and helped to redefine the role of government in support of the arts. It also had a significant impact on American art, helping to launch the careers of many artists who went on to become major figures in the art world.