From Berlin to Amsterdam, Tuscany to Munich, Miami to Cape Town, and (where it all started) in Johannesburg - creative crowds are scribbling, sketching, painting and doodling to make a difference. Each city is building-up a beautiful collection of original A5 artworks. Organisers are volunteering time and skills to put together small events called Doodle Sessions where people gather to do good with a little art. Then, the 1000Drawings empowerment project culminates in a one-night-only, inner-city art sale to raise funds for a cause close to their heart.
"The idea of the one-night-only event is to sell the unique A5 art pieces collected before Night of a 1000Drawings," explains Kelly McGillivray, owner of theSQUAD Creative Events in Jozi. "Drawings are donated by anyone who wants be involved and sold to raise funds for charity. The 2015 Johannesburg concept is See What a Little Art Can Do - so they can conjure-up whatever they want - as long as it's A5."
Started with a Heart to Help
1000Drawings Jo'burg began over six years ago when Felix Frankenberger and David Quan Chong got together because an inner city soup kitchen, Paballoya Batho, had had their delivery bakkie stolen, and couldn't feed the homeless people who relied on them. Looking back, Felix remembers they were just trying to make a difference to Paballo, never dreaming 1000Drawings would develop a following in so many cities. "I am humbled by that," he says, "And if I'd known the event would carry on, I probably would have set it up far more systematic way, but the lack of organisation is probably what created its flair in the first place."
When asked about theSQUAD's involvement, Sam van den Berg, Project Co-ordinator, laughs and says, "Kelly and I are the glue and the whip-crackers behind this year's 1000Drawings production. We beg, borrow and steal to make it all happen. We're negotiating with potential sponsors and theSQUAD is guiding the run-up to the main event and then putting the Night of a 1000Drawings exhibition together."Streetlight Schools
This year, Johannesburg's 1000Drawings charity is Streetlight Schools, part of the Bjala foundation, who've designed an innovative primary school model to assist with education in South Africa. Their unique approach focuses on collaboration, exploration and the use of technology in teaching. Watch this video of their strategy and achievements, and be inspired.
"We're hoping to raise great funding for Streetlight Schools, specifically to give them a boost for the opening of their Grade R and Grade 1 next year," Kelly explains further. "The kids at the school are very special and it's amazing to be involved in giving them a good foundation and a safe space to learn and grow. To 'up' the fundraising stakes, we're in the process of contacting famous South African artists and asking them to donate drawings. In the past, we've had donations from Zapiro, Alastair Mclachlan, Martin Osner and Ross Garrett and we're hoping for gifts from artists of the same calibre this year."
A number of Doodle Sessions or Doodle Do’s are still taking place in Johannesburg and everyone is welcome, or in Kelly's words: "Climb out of your comfort zone and create something for the greater good. Your pretty pictures will make the world a better place."
To become one of our awesome sponsors (no donation too big or too small) or to find out when the next Johannesburg Doodle Session is, please contact info@1000Drawings.co.za.
1000Drawings is an empowerment project that culminates in a one-night-only, massive inner-city art sale to raise funds for a deserving cause – the Night of a 1000Drawings.
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