Where we work
Public space, in all five boroughs of New York City.
Deployments since 2011. Larger dots indicate more visits.
We go to NYC Plazas...
...and NYC Street Festivals
...and NYC Play Streets
...and NYC Parks & Playgrounds
Since 2011, we’ve offered over 500 days of programming in 150+ public spaces across New York City. We respond to requests from local groups who serve as our host partners. We have 100+ community partners, and 86% of our work is in low/moderate-income areas. We partner with NYC Department of Transportation and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and we align our work with citywide initiatives focused on resource equity, parks, plazas, community safety, and educational achievement gaps.
Deployments by Year
We also send kits around the world so that other cities can copy our model. So far, we’ve created 35 reading room kits for libraries, agencies, and organizations across the globe.
Explore deployments on our blog:
We're expanding our work to include more indoor deployments during the winter! Starting this weekend, we'll bring our DRAW program to Chelsea Market, which is a great place to gather in the cold. Drop-in and draw with your neighbors at Chelsea Local on the lower level...read more
BUILD NYC is our new program that offers New Yorkers a way to build together, side-by-side, on the street. This weekend we landed on Doyers St in Chinatown (currently a temporary pedestrian plaza) hosted by our friends at Chinatown Partnership. Thanks to...read more
Our newest program BUILD NYC landed at a busy street festival hosted by Montague St BID in Brooklyn Heights. Made possible with support from Montague St BID and also the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Thanks as...read more
Our 2018 residency in Washington Square Park concluded today with an open-air drawing studio in the northwest corner of the park. Fine art materials from Blick Art Materials, an artist-in-residence, and special materials from The Drawing Center rounded out the...read more
Our portable exhibit about urban nature returned to Sara D Roosevelt Park today, featuring bird specimens from WSP Eco Projects and biological drawing activities. Our fall residency in Chinatown continues thanks to the generosity of our individual donors...read more
Our residency in Washington Square Park continued today as we created an open-air drawing studio. People enjoyed fine art materials from Blick Art Materials, an artist-in-residence, and special materials from The Drawing Center. Made possible by Washington Square Park...read more