28 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, the heart of Brooklyn, is home to a new kind of library. Founded by Steven Peterman and Shane Zucker, the Brooklyn Art Library features 36,000 sketchbooks from everyday artists around the globe.
This almost romantic idea is a part of the “Sketchbook Project” which started back in 2006 in Atlanta, GA and transitioned to Brooklyn, NY in 2009. The project’s website describes it as a “flagship endeavor” and “a crowd-sourced library that features 36,073 artists’ books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries.” The project is open to anyone and everyone willing to be as creative (or uncreative) as they please. The beauty of it is that one does not have to be a world-renowned artist to contribute to something bigger than themselves because all submissions are accepted no matter artistic talent. All you have to do is purchase a sketchbook, make art in it, and return it to the library where it will be featured in the touring exhibition and eventually cataloged into the permanent library.
The Brooklyn Art Library is more than just the home of the Sketchbook Project, however. BAL is also home to a handful of fun events year round that include comic artist showcases, “Games Debate Clubs,” “Fat & Fabulous Figure Drawing,” performances, panels, and workshops. Each event is art-related and makes the library even more of a standout, unique destination. The organization also hosts occasional challenges ranging from creative prompts to open medium-based trades with other artists! Past challenges have been “The Great American Sketching Swap,” “The Lost Love Project,” and even “The ‘Dreadful’ Project!”
The Brooklyn Art Library is an amazing concept that has been executed brilliantly and brings a bit more color and originality to the world. Get involved! For more information about the library check this out and for more on the Sketchbook Project click here.