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Artists had had high expectations when the projects started. Douglas Lynch, in
Portland, Oregon, had been eking out a living painting scenic backdrops for department store
window displays. When he heard the news it was as if “we artists had received a commission
from the Medicis.” Printmaker and lithographer Will Barnet viewed Federal One as overdue
recognition by the government that the arts deserved public support. “It was one of the
greatest efforts in history to make a democracy a democracy
What does the underlined mean?
not a teacher
eking out a living = making just barely enough money to live on
Definition #2: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dic...nglish/eke-out
Department stores sometimes have window displays in which various items, like holiday clothing or camping goods, might be exhibited against scenic backgrounds. The artist was employed to paint these backgrounds.