The Federal Art Project created over 5000 jobs for artist and produced over 225,000 works of art for the American people. These artist labored at their craft for little money. This movement inspired many artists of today. During this time dreams were not allowed to be destroyed by economic disasters The FAP was a division of the WPA helping to provide money to artists on relief.
"This art created for Non-Federal Government buildings was a great symbol for todays struggling underground art."
Well known homeless entertainers are Drew Carey, Halle Berry, Charlie Chaplin, Kurt Cobain, Kelsey Grammar, Kelly Clarkson, Cappadonna to name a few. All artist while identifying an art form are hoping to make money, struggling for that "big break." Skid Row artists showcase their mosaic works in a festival in L.A.
Today we have blogsites like Homeless in LA to support people on the streets of California looking for food.
According to World Socialist Website 8000 to 11,000 people live on "skidrow" under inhumane conditions. It is claimed that "skidrow" is a result of neighborhood gentrification. Los Angeles Chief Police Bratton deals with the problem with arrests for minor infractions.
LA County is considered the "promised land for endless opportunity" while it's homeless population is much more than any other in the country. There have been studies like Blot09 to discover what are the problems the homeless artist are faced with. This study looks at those contemporary and historical policies used to solve these issues.