Our 2018 season launches soon, and you can help us add something special—drawing at street festivals.
Here’s the backstory about street festivals: neighborhood groups have begun asking permission from NYC Department of Transportation to close local streets on weekends so residents can create events and come together. The result is often like a block party or an Italian passeggiata—decidedly local and refreshingly non-commercial—and it is building steam across the city. We admire the local groups creating these events. They want to change what’s on the street to better reflect what they aspire for themselves and their neighborhoods. And they are asking for our help to do it.
Last year we were able to provide pop-up reading rooms (our READ program) to street festivals, and now groups want our DRAW program. We already have more than 10 requests this month, and we want to say yes to many more. To pull this off, we are relying on a truck-sharing partnership with NYC DOT which helped us take READ to 71 locations in 2017. DOT is ready to test the idea of moving our drawing program as well. If successful, we’ll be able to offer both reading and drawing as a regular feature of the NYC urban landscape.
Here’s how you can help this happen:
* Donate so we can expand our artist-in-residence program and hire staff at festivals.
* Student artists: apply to be an 2018 Artist in Residence.
* Share a prompt to inspire New Yorkers to draw on the street.
Thanks for your support!
—Leslie and Sam Davol, Co-founders of the Uni Project
Help us spread drawing across NYC!
Where we hope to bring drawing, to start:
- Songkran street festival on Woodside Ave, Elmhurst, Queens, organized by Thai Community USA.
- Community festival on Westchester Ave in the Bronx, organized by Westchester Square BID.
- Anniversary event for Parkside Plaza , Brooklyn, organized by the Parkside Committee.
- Asian Pacific American Heritage festival on Mott St in Chinatown, by Chinatown Partnership.
- “Be on Belmont” festival, Osborn St Plaza, Brooklyn, by Brownsville Community Justice Center.
- Positively 8th St festival on W 8th St in the West Village, organized by the Village Alliance.
- Summer Sundays on 157th Street in Washington Heights, by Community League of the Heights.
- Northside Festival on Bedford Ave in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, organized by Northside Inc.
- Make Music NY event at St Marks Place in Brooklyn, organized by the North Flatbush Ave BID.
- Worldwide Woodside festival on Woodside Ave in Flushing, Queens, by Woodside on the Move.
- Hamilton Heights Weekend Walk on W141st St in Hamilton Heights, by West Harlem CPO.