Saturday, March 16, 2013

Art Classes for Children

The WPA promoted art instruction for children:

(WPA poster. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The WPA offered art classes for children:

(WPA art class at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Image courtesy of the University of Maryland College Park Archives.)

The WPA operated nursery schools for children of lower-income working parents, as well as for the children of parents who were involved in the defense industries and the military (during World War II). In these nursery schools, children could participate in educational & creative activities:

 (Children painting at a WPA nursery in San Francisco. Image courtesy of the Franklin Roosevelt Library.)

Some people say that the WPA was a waste of money. I don't understand that type of thinking.

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