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.
"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.
Risks and challenges
Draw-a-thon is once again at a new location, which provides exciting new opportunities but also challenges!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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