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About the Big Draw LA

A Regional Celebration of Drawing

Let’s Draw Together!

THE BIG DRAW LA is a regional celebration of the act of drawing. The Big Draw LA creates participatory opportunities for people of all ages to discover that drawing can help us: look more closely, inspire creative thinking, communicate with others, and have fun in the process. Ryman Arts launched the inaugural Big Draw LA in October 2010. By 2011 the events more than doubled with over 10,000 Angelenos drawing during the month-long initiative. Participation is open to all, and organizations of all sizes and kinds, from established institutions to small groups, are invited to sponsor, organize, or host a Big Draw LA event during the month of October.

Drawing is a universal language, connecting generations, cultures, and communities. Children draw to make sense of the world before they learn to write. Yet most adults, when given a pencil, claim, “I can’t draw!” The Big Draw aims to remove this barrier and create opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to discover that drawing can make us SEE, THINK, INVENT, and ACT.

The Big Draw LA is committed to promoting inclusiveness while offering a diversity of drawing experiences. Groups register on-line at where they can find information about planning, marketing, and documenting their event. In August, the listing will go public where individuals and organizations can access the calendar for specific event details, locations and dates.

The Big Draw was started in the UK in 2000 by the Guild of St. George, a non-profit group founded by 19th century artist, critic, and educator John Ruskin. The Big Draw (formally The Campaign for Drawing) is an arts education charity that promotes visual literacy and the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. Event organizers use drawing, painting and a multitude of other mark-making media to connect people with museum and gallery collections, urban and rural spaces—and the wider community—in new and enjoyable ways.


Ryman Arts transforms lives by creating access and opportunity for a diverse community of young artists through rigorous education in fundamental art skills and mentoring – at no cost to the students. Almost all graduates go to college, many go on to work in the creative industries, and all are poised for personal success. A nationally recognized non-profit organization, Ryman Arts was founded in 1990 to honor the legacy of legendary Disney artist Herbert D. Ryman. It has served over 6,000 teens from 190 communities across Southern California in its core program, engaged over 21,000 students from low-income communities through outreach, and is committed to reaching students with the greatest need to ensure all young artists reach their full potential.


Email Rebecca at, 213-629-2787