Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Calling All Picassos! Newest Amenity Debuts on Library Terrace

Visitors to the Library Terrace side of the park, in front of the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue, may have noticed the appearance of bright blue tables and an oversize tricycle. These are signs of the newest amenity to appear in Bryant Park, the Art Cart. You can be the next Picasso (or Monet, or Calder, or someone else)! 


Just because you work in an office building doesn't mean you need to silence your inner artist! Let your imagination run wild with a wealth of drawing materials, like paper and professional pens, and crafting supplies, like glue and buttons. The Art Cart is partly stocked with items from Materials for the Arts, a program operated by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs that provides free materials donated by businesses to nonprofits and arts organizations. Everyone knows that creativity takes space, and the custom bright-blue tables allow you to spread out your materials.


Need help creating just the right effect in your work? Just ask our Teaching Artists, who staff the Art Cart. The Teaching Artists have art backgrounds and will help you learn the basics. You'll be producing masterpieces in no time. Look out for organized sessions on various topics as the summer progresses--we will announce any classes as they are scheduled. If you don't know what to draw, you'll have plenty of inspiration around you: the iconic Lions framing the Library steps, people eating lunch, or beautiful plants surrounding you.

The art cart is fun for kids and adults alike: you're never too old to express your creativity! In fact, some of the Art Cart's first visitors were summer interns from a nearby office building who stopped by during their lunch hour. The positive effects of art on the brain are well-documented, and now we make it easier than ever to access those benefits--stress reduction, enhanced creativity, enjoyment--in your daily life. 

Art Cart
Through September 30
Mondays, 12 - 4pm
Tuesdays - Fridays, 12 - 6pm
Library Terrace

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