A 21st Century WPA? Shepard Fairey Is Game

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By Stephanie Murg Comments

In this the springtime of our global financial discontent, we dare you to get through an entire day without encountering mention of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the sprawling New Deal agency that employed everyone from Berenice Abbott to Zora Neale Hurston. Is the country ready for another round? Shepard Fairey is. “The idea of a WPA-type program is actually something I’m extremely excited about. I think it could be very useful…I’d like to see that happen,” said Fairey during his recent appearance on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show (see the full interview in the video posted below), “I’ve actually talked to some people in the Obama administration about a concept like that.”