Founded in 2006,
Brooklyn Art Library is a creative platform that hosts interactive projects accessible to anyone. We are the largest collection of sketchbooks in the world. Housing over 41,000 sketchbooks on our shelves and over 20,000 in our digital library, we fuse the digital with the analog to create a one of a kind experience for all of our artists and visitors.
Crowd-sourced from every corner of the globe, we’re changing the way creative people share their work while creating a worldwide community resource.
A letter from the founder…
12 years ago when I started The Sketchbook Project, I wanted to create an informal outlet for anyone to create art, with a purpose. I believed and still believe in the notion that a creative community is stronger than its individual artists and that a project can be impactful in a way that is different than a traditional gallery.
With over 41,000 sketchbooks from 30,000 different global creative people, we have grown over the past 12 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 find ourselves at the intersection of the social and digital transition and analog ephemeral needs.
By allowing anyone to participate, we have grown to a massive worldwide community of not only professionals, but amateurs, moms, dads, mailmen and more.
We do not believe in the statement ‘I’m not an artist.” Because it doesn’t matter. Share your story, draw your stick figures, just own it.
We can promise you a lifelong commitment to keeping your artifact safe, while continuing to act as a time capsule for global creativity.
Thanks for being a part of our community.
FOUNDER / DIRECTOR
So, what happens when you run out of space?
We are often asked “What’s next?” or, “what will you do when you run out of space?” This is something that we have been thinking about since 2009, when we decided to keep the books as part of an ongoing collection.
As keepers of this collection, it’s both a privilege and sometimes a burden to wonder what the future will hold. It is very much a major part of both personal and business decisions.
In the past few years, it has become clear what the end game needs to be: an art space for everyone, that is dedicated to preserving and maintaining this collection, while furthering our mission of allowing anyone to create something they find value in.
IF and when the project has its natural end of new books being submitted, our plan is to transition from an ongoing project to a full global creative resource. We will be maintained by a board and moved to an affordable location, where the books can live out their days.
One thing is for sure: these books will have a home for as long as we can control it. We are honored that you will trust us with your work and secrets. We do not take that lightly. We will fight for this collection, as we have done for over the past decade.
Thanks for being a part of this.