This Day in Art History: Sept. 6, 1938. The Federal Art Project of the WPA kicked off the Children’s Art Festival in Central Park. The New York Times reported that the festivities featured a performance by the Excelsior Cadets of Harlem drum and bugle band, an accordion solo by Boris Shapiro (aged 12 years old), and eight monkeys meant to publicize a Federal Writer’s Project book titled “Who’s Who at the Zoo.”

Federal Art Project’s Children’s festival in Central Park, 1938 Sept. 6 or 7 / Beckerman, photographer. Federal Art Project, Photographic Division collection, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.