If you’re going to be in North America this year, chances are the Brooklyn-based Sketchbook Project will be coming to a city near you! Now, just what is the Sketchbook Project, you ask? Well…
What is the Sketchbook Project?
We are an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. Our flagship endeavor is The Sketchbook Project, a crowd-sourced library that features 33,225 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries. Brooklyn Art Library is our storefront exhibition space in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY where The Sketchbook Project collection is on view to the public.
The Sketchbook Project began in 2006 in Atlanta, GA and moved to New York City in 2009. Since that time, our small organization has grown into a worldwide community of more than 70,000 artists. By focusing on the intersection of hands-on art making and new technology, The Sketchbook Project nurtures community-supported art projects that harness the power of the virtual world to share inspiration in the real world.
How Can I Get Involved?
This year, the Sketchbook Project will be visiting Brooklyn, Atlanta, Miami, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and Toronto, and though the submissions were closed for 2015 on March 31st, you can catch other artists’ work on tour beginning May 8th! You can also participate in one of the project’s Challenges – free weekly creative prompts and opportunities to swap or exchange books with fellow artists. Check out the Challenge Dashboard to see what’s on today.
The time is right to start thinking about joining the 2016 project, as well. You can order a starter kit (either physical or digital) and learn more about participation here.
Where Can I See Past Years’ Projects?
There are three great libraries filled with past artwork. If you’ll be in Brooklyn, New York you can visit the physical library collection, or check out the digital or mobile galleries online! See all libraries here.