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A CROWDFUNDED LIBRARY OF ARTIST SKETCHBOOKS  

THAT ANYONE CAN JOIN.

 
 
 
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Journals, diaries, memoirs, whatever you call it, we want it. Brooklyn Art Library is all about humans sharing stories. We are building a global time capsule to help articulate, in an analog way, our collective creative thoughts.

 
 
 

Own your creativity.

Lots of people in our community don't consider themselves "artists." They're here to contribute to a global project, do something creative and stretch their imagination when it comes to what they thought they were capable of making.  We've had first time artists, self proclaimed amateurs, doctors, teachers, retirees and so many more. Stop worrying about the label and just create.

An analog archive for the digital world.

Our world is constantly inundated by the digital - but what if there was still a place you could visit, a creative archive you could contribute to, that focuses on the power of creating in the physical form? Yes, we’re a museum that actually encourages you to touch the art.

 

We’re collecting stories and we want yours.

Do you have something you want to share with the world? A word of encouragement, or perspective you want to leave on a shelf for a stranger to find? Don’t worry too much about  One of our favorite 10 year olds once told us, 'If you make a mistake, don't fix it. Just make sure it was part of it."

Make a mistake! 

Be a global citizen.

Our library has hundreds of thousands of checkouts a year. People from over 100 countries have contributed to this collection. This project is ALL about being inclusive and sharing ideas on a global level. For viewing books at our library, we use a democratic system that is not about skill, it's about content and tag words, (with a bit of randomness mixed in).

 
 

SEND YOUR SKETCHBOOK ON A CROSS COUNTRY TOUR TO MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

Order a sketchbook, fill it up, and send it back to us to be a part of the world’s largest collection of artist sketchbooks!

 
 
 
 
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A new way to travel

A mini library on wheels.

A rebuilt 1985 piaggio, with custom shelves, hand painting…and the cutest face.

Brooklyn Art Library's new Bookmobile is an all-encompassing creative experience that allows visitors to engage with hundreds of sketchbooks from our collection.

There’s something about viewing these sketchbooks in person, holding in your hands a carefully created book that a stranger, maybe living thousands of miles away, who you’ll never meet, worked so hard on. We know not everyone will have the chance to visit Brooklyn Art Library and browse the collection, so we use our Bookmobile as an accessible and creative installation to engage with local communities on a deeper level.

Brooklyn Art Library’s history with a traveling collection of sketchbooks spans the past decade, but our new Bookmobile allows for more flexibility in curation, travel distances and more.

Our staff facilitate these real-time activations that engage visitors in a creative, democratic experience where they’ll learn about the cataloging system, how to participate in a global project and how participants from all over the world have chosen to categorize and reimagine their work.


OUR NEXT EVENT:

 
 
 
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We've been featured in worldwide publications, here are just a few: