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;
  • a communal portfolio of drawings by New Yorkers;
  • staff, volunteers, and educators to facilitate.

Help us spread drawing across NYC!

Hey student artists, apply to be an 2018 Artist in Residence! Want to help from afar? Share a prompt that will inspire New Yorkers to draw on the street.

Lisa Brown &
Daniel Handler

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2018 Supporters:

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.

Founding Sponsors:

Betty Chen &
Peter Coombe

Romy &
David Cohen

Evgenia Peretz

Fabiola Salmán

Laura & Robert

Karen & Dan

Materials generously provided by:


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.

Blog posts about DRAW NYC:

Help bring drawing to NYC street festivals!

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...

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The Uni at the Central Park Zoo with The Drawing Center

Every Saturday in May, the Uni DRAW cart will transformed into a field station of the Department of Tropical Research at the Central Park Zoo, where visitors can draw from specimens and learn how ecologist William Beebe and his team of scientists worked with...

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