Early New Deal Programs

You will get to read detailed info on Early New Deal Programs which were initiated by the government of Unites States of America during the Great Depression. The early New Deal Programs were part of a chain of economic programs which were launched with the aim of providing benefits to poor and underprivileged artists, actors, writers and musicians.

This article presents detailed info about Early New Deal Programs which were Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) and Federal Emergency Relief administration (FERA)

During the time when the president of United States, Roosevelt's was acting as the governor of New York City, the state relief director Harry Hopkins allocated some  funds to New York City's College Art Association so that they can give employment to  around 100 artists in a settlement houses. This allocation of funds didn’t get well with Roosevelt and he wanted to have some new ideas.  There was a person in the staff who used to be a lawyer earlier but had now turned to a painter. His name was Edward Bruce. He suggested his idea which led to the formation of one of the early New Deal Programs known as the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP).


PWAP was an integral part of the Civil Works Administration (CWA) program which was an experimental program. It was supposed to provide unemployed with public service jobs during the bitter winter of 1933-34. Under PWAP of early New Deal Program , various artists were given jobs and they were given the jobs of beautification of public buildings. A part of this beautifications process was to provide one painting for each member of Congress as well as for public schools, orphanages, libraries, museums and practically every other type of public building. Interesting facts to know about Early New Deal Programs, PWAP is that around 33,000 came up to get the job in a single day for an opening in Los Angeles. This program got over in the month of April, 1934.

Here is the info on Early New Deal Programs’s second part which was known as the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). It was also a short-lived program which was initiated in 1933. Under this program, the grants were procured to strengthen the initiative of state and local governments. As a result of which some artists received help from state and local governments.