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:
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. They joined...read more
Today, we launch a special series of pop-up installations serving West Harlem. First stop: Sheltering Arms Pool, where our BUILD NYC program (interactive building stations, playful materials, design challenges) will land every Friday through July. In August, look for...read more
Our pop-up drawing studio landed on 8th St in the Village for a NYC DOT Weekend Walk hosted by Village Alliance DMA. Thanks to our partner NYC DOT and Blick Art Materials. DRAW NYC is made possible at Weekend Walks in part with generous support from Lisa Brown and...read more
On Saturday, April 28, the Uni Project deployed our DRAW program to Songkran Weekend Walk in Elmhurst, Queens, hosted by the Thai Community USA NYC. Thanks to our partner NYC DOT, and to Blick for a third year of art materials! DRAW is made possible at Weekend Walks...read more
Our 2018 season is getting underway, and you can help us add something special—drawing at street festivals. Here's the backstory: neighborhood groups have begun asking permission from NYC Department of Transportation to close local streets on weekends so residents can...read more
We have an Artist-in-Residence program here at the Uni Project where we invite local artists to come on-site and inspire people participating in our DRAW program in parks, playgrounds, and other public spaces across NYC. This year we had the pleasure of hosting Luyi...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.