Today Times Square Art Square — a project that aims to transform Times Square into a giant public art exhibition — announced its latest event and fundraising effort: Pledge-a-Sketch, a marathon drawing event happening this coming Sunday, December 16.
The organization has put out an open call for artists who want to participate. The goal is to get 100 local artists to attempt to draw 100 commissioned portraits in a single day, from 9 am to 11 pm. Each work will be sold for a minimum donation of $10, ideally bringing in a grand total of $100,000. The proceeds will be split between Times Square Art Square and the NYFA Emergency Relief Fund, which is helping artists who were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.
To get everyone accustomed to the idea of art (not advertising!) in Times Square, the Pledge a Sketch event will take place at a coworking space nearby. Participating artists will have a chance to meet with curators and art advisors, plus awards and prizes are promised throughout the day. Oh, and did we mention that our very own Hrag Vartanian will be the curator for Times Square Art Square’s inaugural exhibition? If you’re interested, you can register online and see a list of artists who’ve already signed up.
Times Square Art Square’s Pledge a Sketch will take place on Sunday, December 16, at AlleyNYC (500 Seventh Avenue, 17th floor, Garment District, Manhattan), from 9 am to 11 pm. More information can be found here.