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A mobile library of sketchbooks is visiting Millennium Park this weekend

Written by
Sara Freund

The Sketchbook Project is a global, collaborative art project that started a decade ago. Since then, the organization has collected more than 35,000 sketchbooks of doodles, collages, cutouts, watercolor and photographs. Last year on its world tour the Sketchbook Project visited places like Israel, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Romania, Sudan and India to collect sketchbooks by artists and everyday people.

All of these sketchbooks are housed in the Brooklyn Art Library in Williamsburg, New York. This weekend, Chicagoans will get a peak at these global doodles. The Sketchbook Project Mobile Library is stopping in Chicago to share more than 2,000 sketchbooks from its library. It will be in Millennium Park at the Chase Promenade North from Friday through Sunday at 10am–2pm. Guests can check out sketchbooks and become part of the project too.

If you want to be immortalized in this global art project, $28 will get you a blank sketchbook and your own bit of shelf space in the library. The deadline to send your book back to headquarters in Brooklyn is February 2017, so you’ll have until then for inspiration to strike. Once your book is submitted you’ll be able to find it in the searchable library and get a notification every time someone checks it out.

At this pop-up the Sketchbook Project will provide high-quality artists pens, watercolor pencils, colored pencils and graphite pencils from Faber Castell for amateurs and Picassos alike. Even if you're not an artist, you'll enjoy taking some time to doodle and play with free art supplies in Millennium Park.

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