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:
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!...
Thanks to the entire clan of Zack & Zoe Sweet Bee Farm for joining us today at Chelsea Market! We gathered around a still life about bees and honey, learned about bee keeping, and tasted some samples. Draw with us every Sunday from 11am-2pm in Chelsea Local on the...
Another great day in Chelsea Market as we gathered around a still life created with local shop Posman Books. Hang out with us every Sunday from 11am-2pm in Chelsea Local on the lower level of the market. We've extended our residency through April 14. Check our...
Our residency at Chelsea Market rolled along today as we gathered around a still life created with local shop Buon Italia! Hang out with us every Sunday from 11am-2pm in Chelsea Local on the lower level of the market. We're working on adding some new...
Our residency continued today in Chelsea Market! We gathered around a still life created with Kikkerland Design and were joined by our Artist-in-Residence, Hui Ma, and staff Yifan Wu (artist as well). Find us every Sunday from 11am-2pm in Chelsea Local which is...
Our DRAW residency rolled along at Chelsea Market, and today we gathered around an amazing still life created with the folks at Dickson's Farmstand Meats. Thanks to our Artist-in-Residence, Hui Ma, and staff Yifan Wu (artist as well), and volunteers from The Garden...
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.