As part of their continued “Color Outside the Lines” campaign, the LilySarahGrace Fund has partnered with Sharpie to launch a street art campaign that invites the public to create art. Featuring drawings by Oscar-Nominated Actress Naomi Watts and Professional BMX Star
Nigel Sylvester, the art displays invite New York City natives and visitors to be inspired by the drawings and adding to the art with their own colorful additions.
The drawings will be displayed at two locations, now through May 24, 2015. Naomi Watts’ drawing will be displayed on the corner of 6 Avenue and Lispenard Street outside the A/C/E Canal Street subway station. Nigel Sylvester’s piece will be stationed on West Broadway at Canal Street.
"The joy and self-expression that comes out of strangers drawing together at the end of their work day is liberating for all. You literally can see the shedding of stress and childlike glee coming from the people who walk away after participating in the coloring action. Everyone can connect with art," Abby Ballin, Co-Founder and Creative Director of the LilySarahGrace Fund, said.
Last fall, LilySarahGrace (LSG) launched, “Color Outside the Lines,” a fundraising campaign around original drawings from more than 40 artists in film, television, music and visual art that were specially created for LSG, including the drawings on display in the street art initiative by Watts and Sylvester.
A special auction of the “Color Outside the Lines” drawings starts today and runs through May 31, 2015, at www.biddingforgood.com/lilysarahgrace. Proceeds directly benefit LSG’s work to provide supplies to teachers in underfunded public elementary schools to teach their curriculum through the arts.
These sketches were also printed on t-shirts and compiled into a book, titled You Can’t Memorize This, that launched late last year. The book and t-shirts are available at the LSG online store (www.lsgstore.org) with limited signed copies of the book by Mary-Louise Parker, Jemima Kirke and Nigel Sylvester.
About LilySarahGrace LilySarahGrace was founded by Matthew Badger and his partner, Abby Ballin, after his daughters – Lily, Sarah and Grace – tragically passed away in a fire on Christmas of 2011. Lily was 9 and twins Sarah and Grace were 7. Badger witness firsthand how vital the arts in school were for his girls because of their dyslexia. Art was their passion. Since April 2012, LSG has given $1 million in supplies to teachers in underfunded public elementary
schools to teach their curriculum through the arts. Because of LilySarahGrace, 140,000 children have learned through this method in classrooms all over America. To learn more, visit www.lilysarahgrace.org.