Day 315: Drawn Out

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November 10, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

I don’t spend nearly enough time doodling.  I used to do it all the time; I used to love to do it.  I would sketch out designs for a new machine, or a place I’d like to go, or something that reminded me of something else, or maybe of nothing particularly meaningful at all – just sort of a pen-and-paper brain-dump.  I don’t know why I stopped.  Probably because it seemed frivolous.  It might have seemed unproductive or too obscure to be meaningful.  But it’s not.  It’s none of those things.  Drawing, doodling, sketching isn’t done for the sake of making something beautiful (at least not always).  We make art because it helps us express what’s in our minds and help us fill our minds with more.  Sometimes it’s the best way to build better ideas; other times it’s the best way to give form to something otherwise nebulous; and of course there are times when it really is just to pass the time.  Frankly, I think it’s a pretty great way to pass time, and so does today’s project.

The Draw-A-Thon is a 24-hour public art fest.  It’s meant to draw out the doodlers in all of us and let us all draw ourselves out.  It’s in its 7th year, and I hope to see it in its 8th, 9th, 10th and Nth, maybe all over the place.  Before you grab the nearest pen and get to doodling, back this art party on Kickstarter before November 12.

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.


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