Got an idea to get New Yorkers drawing in the streets?

IMG_7498_psdThe Uni Project invites you to submit an idea, challenge, or prompt for our DRAW NYC program that will inspire New Yorkers to sit down together and draw, in parks, plazas, and other public spaces all across the city.

To participate, please send the following to Leslie Davol:
The Uni Portable Reading Room in New York City

  • A few sentences suggesting simple steps New Yorkers can take to make a drawing, ideally inspired by some aspect of your own practice;
  • One or two images (JPG, etc) suitable for printing 5”x5″;
  • A very short sentence describing who you are and (optional) how the activity might relate to you/your work.

We’ll put these ideas on large rolodex-style cards and attach them to our drawing boards, available wherever our portable drawing studio pops-up. Participating artists/authors/illustrators so far include Sarah Sze, Bob Staake, Lynda Barry, Matteo Pericoli, Nicole Law, Yifat Gat, and more—see samples below!

Out on the street, we’ll provide people with pencils, charcoal, paper, and other drawing tools. Staff will be on hand to facilitate, but your ideas will provide the inspiration to get people started. We’ll take photos of the results and share online.

The Uni Portable Reading Room in New York CityThe Uni Project travels across New York City with a special focus on underserved neighborhoods where art and education resources can be scarce. Your contribution will mean a great deal to the people we meet—especially young people. Thanks for helping us create an oasis for drawing in neighborhoods of New York City.

– Leslie and Sam Davol
Co-Founders of The Uni Project






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The Uni Portable Reading Room in New York City


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We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to Thanks for sticking with us!