Get the Work Out!: The Sketchbook Project: Brooklyn Art Library

We know how precious a sketchbook is. You carry it with you everywhere, spending months working on it. It becomes a part of you. When you’re finished, share your hard work with the world. We’ll make sure you stay connected with your sketchbook as it tours the country and after we catalog it in The Brooklyn Art Library.

After signing up, you’ll receive a 5 .5x8.5 inch Moleskine Cahier sketchbook. Every artist who completes their sketchbook and returns it to us will have their book included in the tour. Your book will visit galleries and museums across the country, putting your art in front of thousands of people. (Psst - this is a great way to add some new lines to your résumé.)

Keep in mind that you can also access individual groups by typing their names into the search box and following the direct link that appears.Every person who views a book, whether it be at the exhibition or in The Brooklyn Art Library, receives a library card to use while browsing. As a participating artist, you’ll receive a limited edition library card with your name on it. With artists participating from all around the world, we know it’s impossible for everyone to be able to see our exhibitions. But we don’t like “impossible.” We’ll be filming exhibitions from the tour so our far-away artists can see first-hand how viewers interact with their work. And the exhibition at The Brooklyn Art Library will be broadcast live over the internet! Take that, impossible.

Your sketchbook will be given a barcode with a unique number - this allows us to keep track of your book and record who views it at every tour date and while it’s in The Brooklyn Art Library. And after we catalog it, artists will be able to log-on and view realtime statistics about their book for years to come. Each and every single time your book is viewed, you’ll receive an e-mail or a text message alerting you what city it was viewed in and the first name of the person browsing through it (well, only as long as they provide their name!) Even better, you can turn these notifications on or off at will. Just like your local library, we know exactly where each sketchbook is hiding. You can send friends, family, and art lovers to The Brooklyn Art Library and we’ll be able to immediately pull your book - or any other work you may have displayed with us - for them to view. Same goes for our tour. We like to keep things organized. here’s a handy pocket attached to the inside cover of every sketchbook. Inside this pocket, you can place a card that contains your artist information - anything from a short biography to your website address. The Brooklyn Art Library’s main goal is to improve our collection so as many viewers as possible will see your finished products. That in mind, we’re putting our collection of sketchbooks online for the whole world to see. Starting in the Spring of 2011, we’ll begin the task of meticulously digitizing each page and posting them online.