This past Wednesday we offered a special version of our DRAW NYC program in partnership with The Drawing Center at Johnny Hartman Plaza, a new pedestrian plaza in Hamilton Heights/West Harlem. Our host was The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis), and dozens of Bro/Sis youth came out to participate, joining local families and passersby. Teaching Artist Ada Pilar Cruz guided people in portrait-drawing activities inspired by The Drawing Center’s 2018-19 exhibit, For Opacity, featuring the work of artists Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn, with large reproductions of these artists’ work serving as inspiration. Thanks to our partner The Drawing Center, our host, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, and to the West Harlem Development Corporation for supporting our work in West Harlem this year. DRAW NYC is made possible citywide in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

This iteration of Draw Now! with The Drawing Center is made possible by The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The Drawing Center’s Education and Community Programs are made possible by the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc. Major support is provided by The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation. Additional support is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.

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About our “new” name… Street Lab.

Street Lab began in Boston in 2006. In 2011, we moved the organization to NYC and launched the Uni Project, which was a portable reading room that roamed the city. In 2020, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.