When most people think of artists they think of lonely tortured souls, stuck in their studios with a dim overhead light (or something grim like that). But no longer do artists have to be stuck in isolation. Since 2006, The Sketchbook Project has been creating interactive crowdsourced art projects, connecting artists and aspiring artists to audiences from around the world. Anyone can participate regardless of experience, background or location. The Sketchbook Project believes that art should be experienced by anyone and everyone. Their most popular project, The Sketchbook Project, sends notebooks to participants all around the world, who then fill them with whatever they want and send them back to be displayed in their travelling show and stored in their permanent collection at the Brooklyn Art Library. Other projects have included pen pal painting exchanges, photography exhibits and memoirs.
The Sketchbook Project provides a great way for participants to exhibit their work for a nominal fee and also get international attention (everyone from the NY Times to Oprah has featured them). Not to mention bragging rights for having your work stored in the Brooklyn Art Library. It’s also a great way for participants to connect with others and be a part of a bigger picture (literally). And for all of you who say “I’m not an artist” or can’t seem to get your creative juices flowing, be sure to sign up before their next deadline!
For more info: sketchbookproject.com
Posted by Tahnee Pantig