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24HR Draw-a-thon is an all-ages, free art experience where the entire premise is to encourage creating for the sake of creating.
24HR Draw-a-thon is an all-ages, free art experience where the entire premise is to encourage creating for the sake of creating.
109 backers pledged $3,328 to help bring this project to life.

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7th year design team drawn by James Goedert and Ben Fox-McCord
7th year design team drawn by James Goedert and Ben Fox-McCord

Press Street’s 24-hour Draw-a-thon is the only event of its kind in the city of New Orleans. It is an art experience in which people are active participants-- not spectators; where the entire premise is to encourage creating for the sake of creating. It is an all-ages, free event that is open to the public with all art materials provided.

Throughout a 24 hour period- beginning 6am on a Saturday and ending at 6am Sunday- workshops for all ages are held. Participants also let loose in an open space, walls and floors covered with paper to literally draw all over.

Draw-a-thon began in 2006, where it was hosted at the Green Project, a recycled building materials warehouse. Draw-a-thon out grew the space, and in 2011 was hosted at the Old Ironworks nearby. The new location was a huge success, but is unavailable this year, and so Draw-a-thon will be moving to bigger and better places again! In 2012 we are excited to bring you Draw-a-thon at the Marigny Opera House.

Draw-a-thon is a costly venture! A new location means new walls to build, running temporary lighting, and running heaters that keep those drawing fingers nimble - not to mention all of the supplies: pencils, pens, paint, paper, scissors, glue, and drawing pads that are all provided for free to the community. With these tight times we've seen our typical sources of funding sliced more than half in the past years. Rather than scaling back and simply making due, we've turned to Kickstarter to keep Draw-a-thon growing.
This year, the Draw-a-thon Kickstarter is especially important because Draw-a-thon will NOT be receiving funding from the Arts Council of New Orleans, as it has in the past.

Documentation of past Draw-a-thon's can be found here!

Original pen drawing on bristol by Caesar Meadows, for more info check our updates.
Original pen drawing on bristol by Caesar Meadows, for more info check our updates.
Requested by donor so no longer available  "Illuminated" Susan Gisleson one of the $100 donation rewards. For more info check out updates.
Requested by donor so no longer available "Illuminated" Susan Gisleson one of the $100 donation rewards. For more info check out updates.
From our $100 grab bag
From our $100 grab bag

"Alien Monk #5" from my Alien Monks Series by Jeannie Detweiler one of our $100 art work prizes. For more info look in our updates. Message us if you want this as your $100 prize.

Requested by a donor so no longer available "Toaster Oven" (Studio Study) by Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell one of our $100 art work prizes. For more info look in our updates. Message us if you want this as your $100 prize.
Requested by a donor so no longer available "Toaster Oven" (Studio Study) by Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell one of our $100 art work prizes. For more info look in our updates. Message us if you want this as your $100 prize.
Requested by donor so no longer available. Natalie McLaurin's "He still needs me" one of our $100 art work prizes. For more info look in our updates.
Requested by donor so no longer available. Natalie McLaurin's "He still needs me" one of our $100 art work prizes. For more info look in our updates.

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Draw-a-thon is once again at a new location, which provides exciting new opportunities but also challenges!

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    One hundred percent authentic Draw-A-Tron 3000 drawing, stamped with the Draw-A-Tron seal of approval and quality. The Draw-A-Tron is a highly advanced, specially designed machine that creates whatever drawings users desire.

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    Your address will be included on an Antenna Whimsey Post Postcard, drawn at Draw-a-thon 2011. You will receive your Whimsey Post Postcard in the mail!

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    Draw-a-thon T-Shirt.
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    The $50 ART GRAB BAG
    Draw-a-thon staff have contributed works of their own art to this grab bag and one of them could be yours!
    You don't know which one you'll get, but you know it will be a piece of art which normally sells for more than $50.
    See our updates for previews of participating artist's work.
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    Draw-a-thon T-shirt, Whimsey Post Postcard, a lagniappe Press Stress Publication AND the $50 Art Grab Bag!

    Contribute early to pick up your T-shirt the day of Draw-a-thon.
    Out of New Orleans backers: please consider contributing extra for shipping.

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    The $100 ART GRAB BAG
    Draw-a-thon staff have contributed works of their own art to this grab bag and one of them could be yours!
    It will be a piece of art which normally sells for more than $100. Any piece marked as (claimed) has already been selected by another donor.
    See our updates for previews of participating artist's work. Message us with the art of your choice after you confirm your donation.
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    You will receive all of the $75 level, plus a lagniappe Press-Street publication or piece of memorabilia (chosen at random,) PLUS, a once in a lifetime chance to be a Draw-a-Tron 3000 technician for one hour! You must back this project early in order to sign up as a Draw-a-Tron technician and receive a Draw-a-Thon t-shirt the day of.

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    The one and only Draw-a-Tron 3000 will come to your party for three hours! The Draw-a-thon 3000 comes complete with a technician that will assemble and run the machine for your event. You can book your rental for an event between now and next Draw-a-thon. (Dates subject to technician availability.)

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    You will receive a copy Stratosphere, a limited edition print portfolio of work by ten Antenna Gallery members.
    Stratosphere is priced at $1,000 and is only offered at this price on very special occasions.

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