Public Works of Art Project (N.Y.)
Collection size: 0.4 linear ft. (700 items)
Collection Summary: Receipts for works of art deposited with the New York Regional Committee by the Public Works of Art Project. Receipts state the artists' names, addresses, employment dates, amount, medium and location of work.
Biographical/Historical Note: PWAP, the first of the New Deal art programs, was established under the Department of the Treasury in December 1933 to assist unemployed artists by enabling them to work on the decoration of non-federal public buildings. Although it lasted only until the following summer, it engaged nearly 4,000 artists in all parts of the country and served as an important precedent for subsequent federal art programs, such as the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. The PWAP divided the 48 states into 16 regions in order to administer its programs more efficiently.