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Sketchbook Project’s 3rd Annual Mobile tour set to kick off March 14

It’s drawings-on-wheels if you will – the folks at the Sketchbook Project, a crowd-sourced art project that invites artists to submit sketchbooks, which the project then showcases in traveling exhibits around the country, and stores in its library, is now set to take off on its third mobile tour of North America in March.

This year the tour will be making over 20 stops throughout the United States and Canada in cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, and Portland.

How does it all work?

The Project is open to artists and drawing enthusiasts from all over the world. For $25, participants receive a sketchbook in the mail, which they have about a year to fill and submit to the Project in order for it to be a part of the mobile tour the following year. Alternately participants can also make a digitized submission for $65 on the Project’s website. Apart from the mobile tour, the Project also stores submissions at its library on North 3rd Street.

Currently there are over 30,000 sketchbooks at the library. While you can’t check them out, patrons can peruse the vast selection of books free of cost at the library. In addition the project has over 15,000 digitized sketchbooks in its online library for those less inclined or unable to make the trip.

Over 70,000 people across the world have participated in the project with entries coming in from close to 12,000 cities throughout the world.

The Project is the brainchild Steven Peterman and Shane Zucker. The duo met while studying at the Atlanta College of Art, in Atlanta, Georgia, and quickly became friends. While at the school, Peterman and Zucker started the Art House Co-op. Much like the Sketchbook project today, the pair sent out blank sketchbooks to artists who filled them up and sent them back to the Co-op, where they could seen and shared with other members of the community.

“It’s been really exciting to see it thriving like this,” said Steven Peterman. “When we started in 2006 we wanted to create a community that wasn’t intimidating – a place where anyone that felt the creative bug could create art.”

The mobile library today is akin to a taco truck, but insteadof tortillas filled with different stuffings, sketchbooks filled with colorful portraits, images and drawings fill the shelves. Last year the Project even took a trip to England and Australia, and hopes to get to more countries in the future.

This year’s tour kicks off on March 14th, at the Art Library, and ends in Philadelphia at Franklin Square on Oct. 5th.

For more information on the Sketchbook Project and the Mobile Library Tour check out http://www.sketchbookproject.com.

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