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UICA participates in national drawing event during Spring Break

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Come draw on UICA's walls and sidewalks, as well as participate in free drawing workshops led by local artists.
Underwriting support from:

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts initiates conversation in response to visual art, music, film, literature, dance and performance art featuring regional, national and international artists - groundbreaking work that might not otherwise find a venue in Michigan.

/Illustration by Jesse Handrich

From March 24 to April 7, UICA will be participating in a national community festival called Draw On!

Introduced in 2006 by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, Draw On! was founded as a way to bring people of all ages together through the simple act of drawing and to encourage participants to express themselves in new and imaginative ways.

In 2011, Draw On! expanded its reach to 80 partners across nine states, involving many new organizations such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Please Touch Museum, and MFA Boston. This program helps organizations like UICA show their visitors how drawing has the power to encourage them to engage with exhibitions, programs, staff, architecture and other people-in new and exciting ways.

UICA's programming for this inspirational event will be free and include drawing on the gallery walls as well as on the sidewalks outside of the building. UICA will also have a surrealist drawing game called Exquisite Corpse on March 27, from 5-8 p.m., and Spring Break workshops. These workshops will be related to specific types of drawing and hosted by local artists. Starting on April 3, UICA will host a workshop about how to make flipbooks from 12-3 p.m., and how to create drawing videos (much like these) from 5-8 p.m.. On April 4, there will be a workship about comics and cartooning from 12-3 p.m., and on April 5 and 6, from 12-3 p.m. UICA will have drawing games for the whole family to enjoy!


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