nycparks copyThe Uni brought reading and drawing to St. Mary’s Park in the South Bronx this weekend in support of a city-sponsored event promoting safe, healthy, nurturing environments for children. This deployment is also part of our 2016 partnership with NYC Parks to serve neighborhoods in the city’s Community Parks Initiative.

Blick Art MaterialsWe were joined by two filmmakers from New CITYzens in France who are documenting the Uni Project. And we welcomed a new Uni staff member, Egypt Calier. This deployment was made possible by the Leaves of Grass Fund. Thanks also to Blick Art Materials for supporting the Uni Project DRAW program with donated art materials. Great day in the Bronx.

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Staff meeting! Leslie, Egypt discuss the day with Louise and Nils from France.

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Egypt launches into her first day on the street with the Uni. She’s a natural.

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St. Mary's Park Bronx

St. Mary's Park Bronx

St. Mary's Park Bronx

Dogs are welcome in our library.

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St. Mary's Park Bronx

St. Mary's Park Bronx

St. Mary's Park Bronx

Talking is also allowed and encouraged in our library.

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St. Mary's Park Bronx

St. Mary's Park Bronx

Two kids. One book. Leslie will solve this.

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St. Mary's Park Bronx

St. Mary's Park Bronx

Artist Rica Takashima stopped by and began drawing with everyone.

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St. Mary's Park Bronx

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St. Mary's Park Bronx

St. Mary's Park Bronx

Unintended feature of our custom-designed benches. Dog house.

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St. Mary's Park

St. Mary's Park Bronx

Egypt takes questions on film during her break. Nonstop.

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St. Mary's Park Bronx

Thanks to our partner Blick Art Materials for donation of art materials.

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St. Mary's Park

Egypt gives a mini-clinic in dribbling to passersby. More on her basketball story in future posts.

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St. Mary's Park

This girl wanted to make one of the Artist Prompts that we have in the Uni DRAW cart. So we set her up…

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St. Mary's Park

St. Mary's Park

Representing Paris and Tokyo at the Uni today. Thanks Louise, Rica, and Nils for joining us.

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Great day. Many more deployments to come in the South Bronx this year. Thanks all.

We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to www.streetlab.org. Thanks for sticking with us!