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    their need to

    The Works Progress Administration and the Federal Arts Project - by Nick Taylor
    The WPA's Federal One had freed the arts from their need to please commercial tastes and elite patrons. With the government funding artists, actors, playwrights, and musicians, their work had spilled into parks, schools,...

    I think "their" refers not to WPA but to "the arts" even though it's not a person. It's personified. isn't it?

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    Re: their need to

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    The WPA's Federal One had freed the arts from their need to please commercial tastes and elite patrons.

    Yes, it is the arts that are being freed.
    It's simply the plural form of the possessive adjective.
    It could possibly have been stated in the singular: The WPA had freed art from its need to please commercial tastes etc.

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    Re: their need to

    The possessive adjective 'their' is not limited to people.

    'The dogs chased their tails.'
    'All vehicles should have their carbon emissions monitored.'

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