March 15, 2016 in the Presidents’ Lounge. Dr. Sharon Ann Musher, of Stockon University, spoke on her book “Democratic Art”. Throughout the Great Recession American artists and public art endowments have had to fight for government support to keep themselves afloat. It wasn’t always this way. At its height in 1935, the New Deal devoted $27 million—roughly $461 million today—to supporting tens of thousands of needy artists of all races, who used that support to create more than 100,000 works.