DRAW NYC gives people access to high-quality art materials and a place to draw together in public. Program elements:
- A custom-designed cart that rolls into place and unfolds to reveal materials, drawing boards, and benches for seating;
- High-quality art materials, including paper, pencils, charcoal;
- Drawing prompts contributed by artists, illustrators, and authors, including: Lynda Barry, Becky Cooper, Andy Deck, Yifat Gat, Melissa Guion, Afzul Hossain, Nicole Law, Matteo Pericoli, Jessica Solomon, Bob Staake, Sarah Sze, and Rachel Urkowitz;
- Artists-in-residence, who receive a stipend and materials in exchange for working alongside the public and providing inspiration;
- Teaching Artists and visiting artists, who lead special activities;
- Communal portfolio of drawings by New Yorkers;
- Staff, volunteers, and educators to facilitate.
We offer drawing at parks, plazas, playstreets, and public spaces across NYC. Right now, we’re launching an effort to bring the program to NYC street festivals, and you can help make it happen! Learn more.
From our Artists in Residence:
“I felt like some moments could change something, maybe one moment could change someone’s life.”
— 2017 AIR Luyi Wang
“What I enjoyed most were the personal interactions I had..Being an AIR strengthened my desire to take a more active role as an artist in my community, and to engage with the public more as an artist and art educator.”
— 2015 AIR Susan Coyne
“Most of all, I appreciated the opportunity to connect with members of so many different communities in NYC through art, rather than producing work as an anonymous observer.”
— 2015 AIR Genevieve Irwin
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DRAW NYC is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
DRAW NYC is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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Blick Art Materials has generously donated high-quality art materials to DRAW NYC since 2015.
Blog posts about DRAW NYC:
Behind the bustle of commerce in Lower Manhattan's Chinatown is an immigrant community with residents less likely to have completed high school and more likely to be in poverty than the average New Yorker. Chinatown residents have also been chronically underserved by...read more
Today, we landed in Chinatown with three of our favorite programs, READ, DRAW, and EXPLORE, at a NYC DOT Weekend Walk, hosted by the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council. Passersby enjoyed a curated collection of books at our pop-up reading room. They drew at...read more
Today, the Uni Project created an open-air art studio at a community street festival hosted by the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Uni Project Artist-in-Residence Courtney Menard shared her print-making with passersby, and we were joined by staff from Blick's...read more
DRAW NYC, an open-air art studio, visited a NYC DOT Weekend Walk hosted by Flatbush-Nostrand Junction BID. Our participation was made possible by NYC DOT and supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in...read more
Over the next several months, the Uni Project will work with Blick Art Materials to bring our open-air art studio (DRAW NYC) to community street festivals known as Weekend Walks. Today we were hosted by Hamilton Heights-West Harlem Community Preservation...read more
Our DRAW NYC program came out to an Old School Block Party hosted by our friends at New Harlem East Merchants Association and the 100 Gates Project. Thanks to our program coordinator Arli and 2018 artist in residence Courtney Menard for braving the heat....read more
The working prototype cart and drawing boards for DRAW NYC was funded by a grant from Burning Man. The cart design was adapted from designs made for the Uni Project by Höweler + Yoon Architecture for our READ program. Fabricator is Bill Bancroft of Essex, MA. Program development assistance by Ariana Austin of French Thomas Creative. Thanks to artist Deb Putnoi for first bringing drawing to the Uni in 2011.