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Los Angeles, Calif., (September, 2014) – Who says drawing is only for artists? Ryman Arts doesn’t think so. This local non-profit dedicated to fostering the artistic talent of today’s youth and emphasizing the importance of arts education is bringing The Big Draw LA to Los Angeles for the entire month of October.

This month-long, hands-on artistic celebration is comprised of more than 50 individual events hosted throughout Southern California, each of which encourages the public to come together and draw, regardless of age or skill level.

“The Big Draw LA was first launched in 2010 and encompasses much more than just drawing. This is a movement that affects the entire region of Los Angeles,” says Diane Brigham, Executive Director of Ryman Arts. “There has been an increased national focus on the idea of creative placemaking, and The Big Draw LA is well aligned with this concept.  Through this series of events, we are encouraging community participation, inspiring creativity, and improving the vitality and vibrancy of our Cities.”  

The Big Draw LA will kick off on October 1 with a series of drawing activities hosted by community-based organizations throughout the region. For a full calendar of all featured events, visit the Big Draw LA’s website at:

Events will be held in a variety of venues throughout the Los Angeles area, including parks, museums, and neighborhoods, as well as many other unique locations throughout the region. Many of The Big Draw LA events are free to the public, and participants are invited to attend scheduled events and/or host their own drawing events in celebration of this drawing movement.

 “The public drawing events that make up The Big Draw LA cultivate social and cultural engagement by encouraging public dialogue and interaction,” explains Brigham.  “By creating an environment that is focused on arts engagement, The Big Draw LA provides the opportunity for all of us as a community to improve the physical and social character of our neighborhoods.”

The Big Draw LA is linked to the worldwide Big Draw initiative, which spans more than 22 countries hosting events during the month of October. This global movement encourages visual literacy and demonstrates the concept that drawing is for everyone.

For more information about “The Big Draw LA,” including details on participating or creating an event, visit

Since its inception in 1990, Ryman Arts has engaged over 4,500 Southern California teens in its core 18-month studio program. This vibrant community of culturally diverse teens comes from over 150 neighborhoods across the region.

In its two decades, Ryman Arts has evolved into a national model for transforming the lives and futures of young artists. A non-profit organization, Ryman Arts is funded by individuals, foundations, corporate supporters, and government agencies including the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information please visit or call 213-629-2787.

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  • Colorful art, artwork, easels, pens, drawing utensils, posters, murals, costumed drawing models, festive balloons, and public performances.
  • Kids, families, residents and community members taking part in a variety of drawing activities throughout the park
  • Local Ryman Arts students teaching interactive workshops


  • Current Ryman Art students and alumni
  • Professional artists who teach Ryman Arts classes
  • Families, students and other community members attending the event
  • Ryman Arts Executive Director


Ryman Arts, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the artistic talent of teens and the force behind the “Big Draw LA” movement, will host an interactive art event for the Los Angeles community on Saturday, October 11 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at  Grand Park, between Hill & Broadway 200 N. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

This “Make Your Mark in the Park” event is the flagship event for The Big Draw LA - a month-long arts initiative - and will bring together hundreds  of local Angelenos, kids, families, art lovers, people who like to draw, and those who think they can’t, to participate in a series of hands-on, collaborative drawing activities.

During the free event, drawing activities will be spread throughout the park, each offering a different element of drawing to bring the community together in an interactive way.  These activities include: creating individual cardboard drawings that can be used to build a giant house of cards, drawing portraits, sketching costumed circus characters, or experimenting with colored tape to create giant geometric patterns along the sidewalks. Guests will also have the chance to draw the iconic LA City Hall, with the guidance of artists from Ryman Arts, as well as play a Surrealist drawing game, and collaborate together to create their very own comics, masks and flags. Participants will also have the opportunity to take home art materials through various giveaways hosted throughout the event.

The Big Draw LA is a month-long, hands-on artistic celebration comprised of more than 90 individual events hosted throughout Los Angeles, encouraging the public to come together and draw, regardless of age or skill level.

This series of events is linked to the worldwide Big Draw initiative, which spans more than 22 countries hosting events during the month of October.


Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.


Grand Park
Block 3, between Hill & Broadway,
Next to Metro Station Civic Center/Grand Park
200 N. Hill St. , Los Angeles, CA 90012


The Big Draw LA and the “Make Your Mark in the Park” event symbolize a deeper, citywide movement to encourage visual literacy and community interaction throughout the City of Los Angeles.

These events demonstrate the power of art and arts engagement to inspire creativity, build community bonds, and improve the vitality of urban neighborhoods.

The Big Draw LA emphasizes the importance of arts education and that the act of drawing is not just for artists, it’s for everyone. For more information please visit

About Ryman Arts

Over the past 25 years, Ryman Arts has nurtured the talent and promise of over 21,000 youth, providing professional-caliber arts training and mentoring, and resources essential to pursuing higher education. Named a National Program of Excellence by the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities, Ryman Arts’ core program includes intensive weekend studio classes, art supplies, college and career planning, field trips, and community engagement opportunities—all at no cost to the student. This vibrant community of culturally diverse teens comes from over 150 neighborhoods across the region.

For more information please visit  or call 213-629-2787.

By Alicia Banks,
October 3, 2014 | 3:47 p.m.

One of Southern California’s largest initiatives to promote drawing across all age groups is making its way to Glendale this month. The Glendale Central and Brand libraries will host “Chalk the Walk,” an afternoon for children and adults to tap into their inner artist and use gray sidewalks as the backdrop for decorative, original pieces. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at both locations. Chalk and brushes will be provided.

It is one of more than 60 events across the Los Angeles region tied to the annual Big Draw L.A. Ryman Arts, a nonprofit that nurtures youth artists through classes, is overseeing the monthlong celebration hosted in collaboration with museums, libraries and neighborhoods across the Southland. The international Big Draw campaign aims to offer free drawing activities to everyone, honing in on the importance of the arts. Florida, Washington, Michigan and Illinois are other states joining the international festival taking place in the United Kingdom and 22 other countries, from Australia to the Netherlands, according to Big Draw’s website.

Diane Brigham, executive director for Ryman Arts, brought Big Draw to L.A. after visiting the festival in London five years ago. There she saw hundreds of drawing events occur at once. “It allows people of all ages and many different environments to draw, firsthand, in a non-intimidating way,” Brigham said. “The Big Draw reminds [people] of the joy the arts can bring.”

Since its inception in 2010, Big Draw L.A. has attracted up to 20,000 participants across L.A. and Orange counties each year. Student artists attending Ryman, and local artists, lend their support attending the events.“Some people have this idea that artists work alone in their studios, but here you can get to know the artists,” Brigham said. “Many of the events are led by artists.” Although artists will attend events local to them, Brigham encourages attendees to visit events in different neighborhoods and cities because it gives them an opportunity to learn about other areas.

The event can also lead to surprises when a friend or family members displays an unknown or previously untapped talent. In Brigham’s experience, children drawing pulls in adults. She’s overheard conversations between generations, and most centered around everyone’s surprise at other’s artistry.

“Drawing together is an experience. It’s a metaphor of how we can pull together and realize connections we may not have known were there. Here, they can be united doing an activity they all can share and enjoy,” Brigham said.

Glendale Central Library is located at 222 E. Harvard St., Brand Library and Art Center is located at 1601 W. Mountain St. For more information about both events and others this month, visit

Big Draw L.A. Brings Art To October
By Michael Berick
Published October 7, 2014

Grab a marker and make your mark. PHOTO COURTESY DEBRA MORRISON

Grab a marker and make your mark. PHOTO COURTESY DEBRA MORRISON

Sharpen up your pencils, count your crayons and make sure your pens haven’t dried up – Big Draw L.A. returns this month. What is a Big Draw? It’s a month-long series of events organized by Ryman Arts since 2010. One of the great things about this program is that you don’t have to be a certain age, or even have drawing skills, to participate. It is all about being part of a group effort and exploring your creativity.

Big Draw happenings will occur across the L.A. area in a variety of venues. Many libraries and community centers will be hosting events, and will be popular places for families. The Zimmer Museum will have an open art studio at 3 p.m. Tuesdays throughout the month. The Fowler Museum’s Kids in The Courtyard Oct. 12 will be tied in with the Big Draw, as kids learn how textiles can tell a story and use yarn and silly string to create a big collaborative artwork. On Oct. 25, the Santa Monica Museum of Art will conduct an all-ages workshop where participants make picket signs and explore the transformative power of art.

One of the Big Draw centerpiece events will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 11 at Grand Park. The public is invited to “Make Your Mark In The Park” by painting on a huge Sumi Ink Drawing, constructing a Thaumatrope (an optical illusion toy popular in the 19th century) or getting involved in other projects. Another big Big Draw event is the Los Angeles Carnival & Parade Oct. 19, which will make for a colorful sight as artists, musicians, dancers and other performers strut their stuff on Sepulveda Boulevard between Manchester and La Tijera boulevards (participants must register in advance).

Many Big Draw events are for family and kids, but some are for adults. Check for further details. In the meantime, get ready to draw.