DRAW NYC gives people access to high-quality art materials and a place to draw together in public. Since 2015, we’ve been creating beautiful scenes of New Yorkers of all ages, experimenting with pencils, charcoal, and paper, in parks, plazas, and other public spaces. See where we go.
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, Nicole Law, Matteo Pericoli, Jessica Solomon, Bob Staake, Sarah Sze, Rachel Urkowitz, and more on the way.
Artists-in-residence, who receive a stipend and materials in exchange for working alongside the public at the Uni and providing inspiration. Susan Coyne and Genevieve Irwin were our artists-in-residence for DRAW NYC in 2015.
A communal portfolio of drawings by New Yorkers.
Uni Project staff and volunteers to facilitate.
“It’s an inherently interesting experience to draw and paint in a public space. It fosters interaction among children who might not otherwise meet.” (Artist-in-Residence Susan Coyne, candidate for MFA, School for Visual Arts).
“I have been amazed with how quickly a space transforms when the reading and drawing carts are unfurled, particularly in areas that have nothing particularly communal about them until the Uni arrives. In such a fast-paced city, DRAW successfully gets people to sit down and concentrate on one thing—often for an impressive amount of time. Even though the carts travel the city, it truly feels that they become parts of the communities in which they appear. It is wonderful to imagine that residents, including children, will associate the neighborhoods that they live in with such projects.” (Artist-in-Residence Genevieve Irwin, candidate for MFA, School for Visual Arts)
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. Art materials provided by Blick Art Materials. Program development assistance by Ariana Austin of French Thomas Creative. Thanks to artist Deb Putnoi for first bringing drawing to the Uni in 2011.
DRAW NYC FOUNDING SPONSORS