DRAW NYC gives people access to high-quality art materials and a place to draw together in public. Program elements:
- a custom-designed cart and benches for seating;
- high-quality paper, pencils, charcoal, drawing boards, and other tools for drawing;
- self-guided activities contributed by The Drawing Center, artists, and illustrators;
- artists-in-residence, working alongside the public;
- a collection of art books;
- a communal portfolio/display of drawings by New Yorkers;
- Staff, volunteers, and artists to facilitate.
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
Materials donated by:
Blick Art Materials has generously donated high-quality art materials to DRAW NYC since 2015.
The Drawing Center has generously donated a number of its Drawing Papers and provided passes for free admission to its galleries in SoHo.
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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Blog posts about DRAW NYC:
Many NYC kids who live in low-income neighborhoods report that there is little to do over the summer, especially when camps and cultural institutions are out of reach. To help fix that, for six weeks this summer, we created a safe place to hang out and learn next to...
Our DRAW program is in the middle of a month-long residency in Times Square. Join us every Wednesday 12-3pm and draw with fellow New Yorkers at an open-air art studio, featuring fine art materials donated by Blick Art Materials and an artist-in-residence. Made...
Our DRAW program has begun a six week residency at Spring Street Park in Manhattan. Every Thursday through July 18, take a moment to join your fellow New Yorkers at an open-air art studio, featuring fine art materials and an artist-in-residence. All ages and aways...
This weekend we gathered around an elegant still life created with local shop Pearl River and ended our residency at Chelsea Market in style. Thanks to Chelsea Market for hosting us this winter. We now head outdoors—see you on the street! [ngg src="galleries"...
Our residency at Chelsea Market is in the home stretch as we prepare for our outdoor season! This weekend we gathered around a still life from local shop Chelsea Market Baskets. Catch us one final time in the market next Sunday, April 14, from 11am-2pm. Check our...
This weekend we gathered around a still life full of baked goods from Amy's Bread at Chelsea Market. Draw with us every Sunday from 11am-2pm in Chelsea Local through April 14. Check our calendar for details. Made possible by Chelsea Market—see you on Sunday!...
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.