The Sketchbook Project

The Sketchbook Project The Sketchbook Project is an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. www.brooklynartlibrary.com
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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 36,154 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.

Mission: Brooklyn Art Library is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that has been completely funded by participation since 2006. By buying a sketchbook, you are helping us to ensure that we are fulfilling our mission of encouraging creative storytelling within a global community by keeping our physical library space free and open to the public, our digital library accessible worldwide, and making our collection as accessible as possible to people of all ages and skill levels through robust education programming.

Operating as usual

10/27/2020
Sketchbook Tour: Angela Mercedes Donna Otto

“Disaster is a chance to grow,” Angela Mercedes Donna Otto’s 2012 sketchbook is full of inked creatures and beasts lingering between splatters and droplets of spilled tea and coffee. Mixing the macabre with everyday materials, Otto finds beauty in the monstrous apocalypse.

10/12/2020
Learn More: Brooklyn Art Library

Are you participating this year?

By participating, you are helping us to ensure that we are fulfilling our mission of encouraging creative storytelling within a global community by keeping our physical library space free and open to the public, our digital library accessible worldwide, and making our collection as accessible as possible to people of all ages and skill levels through robust education programming.

TODAY is the LAST day to bid on our fundraiser! Including these amazing works by @paper_maddie , @jordansondler and @st3...
05/10/2020

TODAY is the LAST day to bid on our fundraiser! Including these amazing works by @paper_maddie , @jordansondler and @st3phascope ! Link in bio! Bidding ends at 11:59pm TONIGHT! @ Brooklyn Art Library

Our 2020 online auction is here! Help support Brooklyn Art Library, while getting some amazing prices of art and other g...
05/01/2020

Our 2020 online auction is here! Help support Brooklyn Art Library, while getting some amazing prices of art and other generous donations from our friends!! Bidding ends Sunday, May 10th! Link in bio! Thanks to @adamjk , @katecastelli , @smartpress , @siogallagher , @scoutbooks , @honey_and_rust , @sarahkillustration , @heatherjoanneart , @thejealouscurator , @skillshare , @sidneysuehoward , @cwpencilenterprise , @catxwillett , @charlsvallance

NEW ON THE BLOG: Small Talks instructor and illustrator Julia Yellow Illustration gives us a look inside her creative ro...
04/27/2020
Artwork From Home: Julia Yellow — Brooklyn Art Library / The Sketchbook Project

NEW ON THE BLOG: Small Talks instructor and illustrator Julia Yellow Illustration gives us a look inside her creative routine, shares how sketchbooks can help you train your brain to make art, and more!

Don't forget to sign up and get access to Julia's virtual workshop on freelance illustration on May 6th, 5pm EST! https://brooklynartlibrary.org/smalltalks2

With so many of us spending time indoors, ‘Artwork From Home’ is a look at how artists from around the world are making space for their own creative endeavors and how they maintain their daily art practices.

After 14 years of encouraging creativity and fostering global communities of artists, we’re celebrating our new nonprofi...
04/24/2020

After 14 years of encouraging creativity and fostering global communities of artists, we’re celebrating our new nonprofit status! We teamed up with Real Thread to bring you these limited edition tees in honor of the artists that make up our international community. Don’t forget to snag one and show your love for the Brooklyn Art Library! https://campaigns.realthread.com/shop/thank-you-for-sketching

We’re raising funds to supply masks for our NYC hospitals and we need your help! Head over to www.brooklynartlibrary.org...
04/09/2020

We’re raising funds to supply masks for our NYC hospitals and we need your help! Head over to www.brooklynartlibrary.org/maskfund to make a tax deductible donation. All proceeds will go to creating masks that will be donated to our local NYC hospitals who are working so hard to fight this pandemic. We love our city and are grateful for everyone who is working so selflessly to keep us safe!

We are live in 15 minutes for the second episode of our call in show 'Creativity During Quarantine'!Join here: https://z...
04/08/2020

We are live in 15 minutes for the second episode of our call in show 'Creativity During Quarantine'!

Join here: https://zoom.us/j/698082938

We are hosting an impromptu 'call in' zoom show at 1pm EST! Come discuss how you are, or are not, being creative during ...
04/03/2020

We are hosting an impromptu 'call in' zoom show at 1pm EST! Come discuss how you are, or are not, being creative during these days! It's FREE and everyone is welcome!

https://zoom.us/j/476497988

PLEASE READ :: In order to keep our employees and community safe during these times, Brooklyn Art Library will be closin...
03/13/2020

PLEASE READ :: In order to keep our employees and community safe during these times, Brooklyn Art Library will be closing to the public until further notice.

We plan to re-open as soon as safely possible. In the meantime, please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

We hope everyone is staying healthy during this time! Here is a photo of baby @harrietthedoglibrarian for your entertainment.

🥰❤️😘Books by Helena Hernandez, Birte Plutat, Janet Epstein, Jennifer Bostwick Owens, Jahna Salvo, and Umar Mushtaq @ Bro...
02/14/2020

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Books by Helena Hernandez, Birte Plutat, Janet Epstein, Jennifer Bostwick Owens, Jahna Salvo, and Umar Mushtaq @ Brooklyn Art Library

We’re excited to announce that The Sketchbook Project & Brooklyn Art Library is becoming a nonprofit organization! Read ...
02/07/2020

We’re excited to announce that The Sketchbook Project & Brooklyn Art Library is becoming a nonprofit organization! Read on for a letter from our Founder, Steven Peterman, as he reflects on the past 14 years and shares the exciting things to come!

Hello! 

I’ve always made a promise to the artists of The Sketchbook Project to figure out a way to keep this collection going beyond me, beyond a lease, beyond the limits of a small arts organization.

14 years ago when I was 20 years old, I set out to create a small community art space.

With over 50,000 sketchbooks from 30,000 different global creative people, we have grown over the past 14 years to be the largest collection of sketchbooks in the world. We have reignited art careers, inspired first time creatives and even helped a few marriage proposals. We have connected long lost friends, sparked creativity in young minds and created a space for art to live on, indefinitely.

We are more than just a project. We are a slice of global creativity. We are an inside look at what people are thinking. We are an archive, a library, a source for endless inspiration.

Since the first moment we thought up the idea for the library (which actually happened over dinner at an Italian restaurant in Chicago) we always wondered what the long term plan was. Would we have the resources to keep the books forever? Would the project sustain itself? Even if we did survive, at SOME point things would have to change, what would that mean? For me, the plan was always some sort of foundation or non-profit that would help secure the library for years to come.

For those of you who don’t know, my name is Steven. I founded The Sketchbook Project in 2006 when I was just 20 years old and in college with my friend Shane. Since 2012, I’ve run the project with my wife and a rotating room of amazing employees and friends. Through out the years we have had amazing times, but also a lot of tough times. From the outside perspective, it may seem like constant growth, but it hasn’t been. Running an arts organization is hard, stressful and sometimes burdensome. My wife, Sara, who has been around since day one, even helping to paint walls in exchange for free pizza, has been by my side. The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library and all of our projects and community are a part of our family. I can not stress enough how true this is. The project, the collection and everything that goes into it has been intertwined with me for the whole of my adult life. I’m 34 now and my wife is 31. There has not been a day of our marriage that The Sketchbook Project was not there. It’s like a 3rd member in our relationship.

I’m honored, grateful and astonished that we’ve been able to maintain this project as long as we have. I’ve been told by everyone, including family members (who all meant the best) that this would NOT last. Even after we passed 10 years in 2016, people would still tell me this. I’m not sure that I ever had a choice but to prove to the world that a library of sketchbooks can exist and benefit tens of thousands of creative people, while being able to pay fair wages for creative people, maintain my personal family and keep our lights on.

None of this is easy. For 14 years I’ve been fighting with people about the merits for paying for this project, explaining the benefits, helping people to understand that they are not just paying for a blank book. To see inside The Sketchbook Project, to really see it, is to see a one of a kind, unique archive. A glimpse into what people are thinking. What creative people have to say. A place like no other. A global institution.

We’ve always run at what we like to call an ‘at-profit’. Basically a non-profit with none of the benefits. This was mostly because I didn’t know any better when I started, and once we got going, it’s what I knew. Why change? Besides the struggle of paying bills, somehow it always worked out. But as I said, I knew a time would come when I needed to view the project from the outside. I needed it to not be a 3rd in my marriage. As much as I will love it forever, I needed help. I needed to take a part of the weight off my shoulders and share it with others. The nature of our business model has always made it difficult. There was never a good time to invest in change. The project started and stopped, then tour came, the need for more projects came. A time would never feel right to make this change. Even if the time did come up, who would help me? Who would be my partners to make this happen?

No matter what, I felt that I had to start the process of becoming a non-profit years before it would happen. I had to take steps forward. Even though I may not have felt ready, I knew one day I would. I had to trust that the world would all come together and things would work out. 4 years ago I started the process. The next 3 years would be a whirlwind of ups and downs, both making it simultaneously harder to transition and sometimes easier. Around a year ago things started to fall into place. My wife and I started to plan for our future, friends and employees came into my life that would make the process easier, roles were filled that would help this seamlessly happen.

So here we are. It’s happening. It’s exciting, and scary. I’m so thankful to everyone who has supported me and the project for the past 14 years. You have no idea the amount of hard work, sweat, crying, organizing sketchbooks, and brainstorming that has gone into this. To keep this project going has never been easy, but it has been amazing and rewarding.

We are SO excited for the future. We are building out new educational programs to allow more people to participate, especially lower income participants and inner city schools. It’s a relief to be able to say that Brooklyn Art Library can remain free and open to the public. That we have people in place to take care of it for many years to come. A lot of past employees and friends of the project have come back to be a part of our board. We have worked to create the BEST staff we could have. Whether you are new, or have been around since SBP Vol 1, we are sure you will be excited to see all the changes we are making. We are grateful for all the support over the years. We hope you will continue to do so as we grow out more programming, develop a better library system, build a better digital library and create a path forward so the project, the library and the collection will live on forever. This is day one of an entire new life for The Sketchbook Project.

I’ll be staying on and helping to steer the ship as Managing Director. Emma, who joined us a year ago, is taking part of the reins as our Executive Director. Autumn is here as our Associate Director and we have an amazing support staff of Alison, Ellie, Zach and Izzy. We can’t wait to share more with you on how you can help support us. The thing that I’ve learned from all of this is it may have taken one spark of inspiration and a conversation over Italian food to start this, but it’s going to take a family and our amazing community to keep it going forever. I hope you will help us along the way. Whether it’s participating in our project, making future tax deductible donations, or just volunteering your time. We are excited to have you along for this chapter.

Thanks for everything,

Steven Peterman
Founder/ Managing Director

Looking for some extra inspiration? Our 99 Art Challenge book is back in stock!
01/24/2020

Looking for some extra inspiration? Our 99 Art Challenge book is back in stock!

Back in December we set up the cutest library pop up with all the Vol 14 sketchbooks at @thegeneralbyvans in Brooklyn an...
01/03/2020

Back in December we set up the cutest library pop up with all the Vol 14 sketchbooks at @thegeneralbyvans in Brooklyn and hosted a free workshop with @gregkletsel ! 🤗

❤️ #repost • @nastiachernica Can’t wait to get started with this one!!! 💛Amazing idea by guys from @brooklynartlibrary -...
12/30/2019

❤️ #repost • @nastiachernica Can’t wait to get started with this one!!! 💛
Amazing idea by guys from @brooklynartlibrary - @thesketchbookproject - perfect example of creating strong art community, which knows no borders & connecting wonderful, extremely talented, intelligent people by spreading word of art!
Hope my work gets to travel around in your old-school Vespa in 2020!
#sketchbook #sketching #wordofartists #wordofart #thesketchbookproject #2020goals

12/24/2019

A quick little documentary about us! 🥰

12/16/2019

Get your holiday orders in by midnight EST TONIGHT to get your order by the 24th via our standard shipping!

12/16/2019

Get your holiday orders in by midnight EST TONIGHT to get your order by the 24th via our standard shipping!

We are the perfect gift for the creative spirit in your life! Order before 11:59 PM EST on 12/16 for Christmas delivery!...
12/14/2019

We are the perfect gift for the creative spirit in your life! Order before 11:59 PM EST on 12/16 for Christmas delivery! (US only)!

Happy Holidays from The Sketchbook Project fam!! (Not pictured: all our amazing holiday helpers) Thanks for all your con...
12/08/2019

Happy Holidays from The Sketchbook Project fam!! (Not pictured: all our amazing holiday helpers) Thanks for all your continued support of our mission to allow anyone to be creative while connecting a global group of creatives! We 🥰 you! Please swipe to see our attempt at including @harrietthedoglibrarian . @ Brooklyn Art Library

@gregkletsel Is hosting one of his amazing workshops at  @thegeneralbyvans this week! Grab a FREE spot and get a sketchb...
12/02/2019

@gregkletsel Is hosting one of his amazing workshops at @thegeneralbyvans this week! Grab a FREE spot and get a sketchbook and a FREE limited edition pencil pouch! LINK IN OUR STORIES!

Use code ‘MYSTERYMONDAY’ for 20% site wide! Plus you will get a FREE art supply with every sketchbook order! TODAY ONLY!
12/02/2019

Use code ‘MYSTERYMONDAY’ for 20% site wide! Plus you will get a FREE art supply with every sketchbook order! TODAY ONLY!

We got 25% off everything + FREE holiday envelopes with sketchbooks while supplies last!! Code ‘ARTFRIDAY2019’!!
11/29/2019

We got 25% off everything + FREE holiday envelopes with sketchbooks while supplies last!! Code ‘ARTFRIDAY2019’!!

Yay! • #repost @tinymomentscreative Just received my ‘kit’ for @thesketchbookproject and can’t wait to lay my pencils on...
11/27/2019

Yay! • #repost @tinymomentscreative Just received my ‘kit’ for @thesketchbookproject and can’t wait to lay my pencils on it! 😍❤️ ✏️ 🎨 👩‍🎨 My next ‘art attack’ is around the corner... 😏 Thank you for the opportunity and an amazing project @brooklynartlibrary 🙌 Anyone else in this?! 🤩 ——-
##brooklynartlibrarysketchbookproject #brooklynartlibrary #artattack2019 #artattack #sketchbookproject2019 #sketchbookproject #sketchingaway #sketchingart #sketching #artistsofinstagram

BIG NEWS! We have been working on a NEW guided journal and it’s finally here!.99 Art Challenges is a great entry into wh...
11/23/2019

BIG NEWS! We have been working on a NEW guided journal and it’s finally here!

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99 Art Challenges is a great entry into what we are all about, helping you to create more. It’s a ton of prompts (some silly, some not so silly) and other activities to get you thinking. We see it as a companion book to creating larger works.

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Designed by the one and only @kiracrugnale and conceived by our team, this is a great addition to participating in one of our projects! @ Brooklyn Art Library

One of our staff picks this week is this amazing book by @jacobmaffuccio
11/22/2019

One of our staff picks this week is this amazing book by @jacobmaffuccio

We got our first ever hat!! Up in our shop now!! @ Brooklyn Art Library
11/21/2019

We got our first ever hat!! Up in our shop now!! @ Brooklyn Art Library

WHAT IS DIGITIZING? Digitizing your sketchbook is an add-on to the standard sketchbook. The sketchbook lives within our ...
11/19/2019

WHAT IS DIGITIZING? Digitizing your sketchbook is an add-on to the standard sketchbook. The sketchbook lives within our library in Brooklyn, but we also photograph each page in the book and add it to our online Digital Library. Over half of our collection is on display in our Digital Library and it's accessible to anyone.

Holiday help needed!! Come help us ship, answer support emails and help around the office!! 16/hr, start right away. Run...
11/12/2019

Holiday help needed!! Come help us ship, answer support emails and help around the office!! 16/hr, start right away. Runs through end of January. Email [email protected]

Holiday help needed!! Come help us ship, answer support emails and help around the office!! 16/hr, start right away. Run...
11/12/2019

Holiday help needed!! Come help us ship, answer support emails and help around the office!! 16/hr, start right away. Runs through end of January. Email [email protected]

Holiday help needed!! Come help us ship, answer support emails and help around the office!! 16/hr, start right away. Run...
11/12/2019

Holiday help needed!! Come help us ship, answer support emails and help around the office!! 16/hr, start right away. Runs through end of January. Email [email protected]

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28 Frost St
Brooklyn, NY
11211

General information

It's like a road trip, but with sketchbooks, and anyone - from anywhere in the world - can be a part of the project. Every sketchbook contributed to the Project will be included in the traveling library and exhibited in cities and towns across the continent. We are including more cities at every opportunity with our custom-fitted Mobile Library trailer. Cities include Brooklyn, Toronto, Chicago, Portland, Austin, Atlanta and the San Francisco Bay Area and many more. After the tour, all sketchbooks will enter into the permanent collection at Brooklyn Art Library, where they will be shared for the world to see. Have a Sketchbook Project question? Ask our support guru here: [email protected]

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(718) 388-7941

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