arts 03.3.15

The Sketchbook Project
Every Person in New York

In 2006, Shane Zucker and Steven Peterman, friends from art school, created what evolved into the Sketchbook Project.

It's an engaging notion: you create a sketchbook that you then share in a library of sketchbooks—a global, crowdsourced art project. You don't need to be an artist to participate. The sketchbooks are available to everyone (for a $ 25 fee) and you can use the sketchbook as your canvas in any way you like.

Some feature, of course, sketches, for others it's a chapbook, diary, scrapbook, photo album or even a kind of message in a bottle. So far, 70,000 people from around the world have been a part of it and the Brooklyn Art Library, 103A N. 3rd St. [Berry/ Wythe] 718.388.7941, now the Sketchbook Project's permanent home, has catalogued all 32,000 of those submitted.

Anyone can visit here, get a free library card and browse two sketchbooks at a time. They sell notebooks, sketchpads, some vintage items, pencils, erasers, paints and other art supplies.

On May 5, selections from the collection will be published in a book called The Sketchbook Project World Tour. If you buy now, you get a free pennant.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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