REPORT Urban Sketchers 2018 Annual Report
MISSION TO RAISE THE ARTISTIC, STORYTELLING AND EDUCATIONAL VALUE OF ON-LOCATION DRAWING, PROMOTING ITS PRACTICE AND CONNECTING PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO DRAW ON LOCATION WHERE THEY LIVE AND TRAVEL.
MANIFESTO WE DRAW ON LOCATION, INDOORS OR OUT, CAPTURING WHAT WE SEE FROM DIRECT OBSERVATION. OUR DRAWINGS TELL THE STORY OF OUR SURROUNDINGS, THE PLACES WE LIVE AND WHERE WE TRAVEL. OUR DRAWINGS ARE A RECORD OF TIME AND PLACE. WE ARE TRUTHFUL TO THE SCENES WE WITNESS. WE USE ANY KIND OF MEDIA AND CHERISH OUR INDIVIDUAL STYLES. WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER AND DRAW TOGETHER. WE SHARE OUR DRAWINGS ONLINE. WE SHOW THE WORLD, ONE DRAWING AT A TIME.
COVER PHOTOS: MARC VAN LIEFFERINGE, BRENDA MURRAY & CINCINNATI CHAPTER
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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT 2018 AT A GLANCE HISTORY
10 EDUCATION 12 COMMUNITY 14 FINANCIALS 16 SPONSORS & DONORS 18 MEET THE BOARD 19 SUPPORT OUR MISSION
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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT DEAR URBAN SKETCHERS, WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE PAST YEAR FOR URBAN SKETCHERS, IT IS THE INCREDIBLE TALENT AND GENEROSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY THAT STAND OUT.
In January, our monthly newsletter Drawing Attention was relaunched in a gorgeous new zine format. Through the 10k+10k Matching Funds Campaign, the Urban Sketchers community donated over $20,000. These funds will create opportunities to bring sketching to new people and places around the world. As ever, our educational offerings remained world class, with workshops spanning the globe and culminating in the 9th Urban Sketchers International Symposium, held in Porto, Portugal.
MARC VAN LIEFFERINGE
Our strong online community continued to grow this year, building connections and cross-cultural understanding as we shared sketches of our daily lives and travels. To meet people wherever they may be online, we host active communities on Flickr, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and our blog at urbansketchers.org. Thousands of urban sketches have been shared on these platforms.
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Looking to the future, in 2019 weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be kicking off the Community Workshop Grant Program to bring Urban Sketchers to those who have not had the opportunity to practice urban sketching. With the support raised in the 10k+10k Matching Funds Campaign, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bring Urban Sketchers instructors to partner with regional chapters and organizations to share the excitement and powerful impact of on-location drawing. Thank you to our incredible volunteers around the world, who number in the hundreds, for all they do to make possible the work of Urban Sketchers. And thank you to the 100,000+ sketchers around the world who share, support, and engage in our mission to show the world, one drawing at a time. Happy Sketching, Amber Sausen | President, Urban Sketchers
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38 WORKSHOPS OFFERED
GUEST POSTS FEATURED ON THE URBAN SKETCHERS BLOG IN 2018, EXPANDING COVERAGE BEYOND THE BLOGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 100 CORRESPONDENTS
NEW CHAPTERS RECOGNIZED
280+ TOTAL CHAPTERS WORLDWIDE 6 2018 ANNUAL REPORT
392 BLOG POSTS SHOWING THE WORLD, ONE DRAWING AT A TIME
570 SKETCHERS FROM 43 COUNTRIES ATTENDED THE URBAN SKETCHERS INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM IN PORTO, PORTUGAL
1,065,000+ WEBSITE PAGEVIEWS
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HISTORY URBAN SKETCHERS WAS FOUNDED BY SEATTLE-BASED ILLUSTRATOR AND JOURNALIST GABI CAMPANARIO. INSPIRED BY ARTISTS SHARING THEIR ON-LOCATION DRAWINGS ON THE INTERNET, HE STARTED A FLICKR GROUP IN NOVEMBER 2007 TO SHOWCASE THEIR WORK.
Fall of 2008 saw the start of our blog at urbansketchers.org, with 100 “correspondents” from around the world sharing their sketches and stories. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was founded in 2009 to support our primary objectives of education and community building. The followers of urbansketchers.org and a growing number of participants in the Flickr group wanted to do more than just share online – they wanted to meet and sketch together. Regional chapters of Urban Sketchers soon began popping up around the world, bringing an online community into the physical world. The first educational gathering of sketchers, The Urban Sketchers International Symposium, was held in Portland, Oregon, USA, in July 2010. The 10th Symposium will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in July 2019. Our primary goals are education and fostering community. Today, Urban Sketchers is a global movement of people who meet, sketch, and share. 8 2018 ANNUAL REPORT
“TODAY, URBAN SKETCHERS IS A GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE WHO MEET, SKETCH, AND SHARE...”
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EDUCATION FOCUS ON EDUCATION â&#x20AC;&#x201C; WE AIM TO TEACH ON-LOCATION DRAWING SKILLS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. WE MAKE OUR INSTRUCTION ACCESSIBLE BOTH THROUGH LARGE GLOBAL EVENTS AND SMALLER LOCAL WORKSHOPS.
SYMPOSIUM Each year, we hold an annual symposium, where hundreds of sketchers gather to learn and to meet one another. USk chapters submit proposals to bring the four-day gathering to their city, and a host venue is then selected by the USk Symposium Team and Executive Board. The event is put on by a team of global and local volunteers in conjunction with a local Urban Sketchers chapter. The symposium is a comprehensive educational program. It allows us to promote diverse learning activities related to location drawing as well as knowledge sharing between professional artists and people seeking to improve their skills. Daily workshops, demos, and lectures are led by a worldclass group of local and international artists. In 2018, the Urban Sketchers Symposium was hosted in Porto, Portugal, and drew over 800 participants from 46 countries to attend 108 workshops, 37 demos, 10 lectures and 6 sketchwalks. Our 2017 symposium in Chicago, Illinois, USA, marked our 10th anniversary and boasted 570 attendees from 34 countries. 10 ANNUAL REPORT 2018
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WORKSHOPS In addition to our symposium, we also facilitate sketching workshops on a local scale. Our workshops foster educational opportunities for sketching enthusiasts and support artists interested in teaching urban sketching under the USk umbrella. The idea is to bring the USk educational experience to any city where a qualified instructor can lead a workshop. While instructorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; styles may vary, they all share a commitment to drawing on location and helping students tell the stories of where they are. In 2017, USk was able to sponsor 28 workshops through this program. In 2018, USk sponsored 38 workshops, with more ready for early 2019. To celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2017, we launched the USk 10x10 Workshop Series. USk chapters all over the world organized series of 10 unique local workshops to engage the community and provide a wealth of learning opportunities. The series was wildly successful, with more than 440 10x10 work-shops held on five continents. 2018 ANNUAL REPORT 11
MARC TARO HOLMES
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RACHEL STOLERU HAIM
KERR , NYC CHAPTER
COMMUNITY FOCUS ON COMMUNITY BUILDING – ALTHOUGH URBAN SKETCHERS HAS A GLOBAL FOOTPRINT, IT’S AT THE LOCAL LEVEL THAT WE HAVE THE MOST IMPACT. THROUGH A “BIG UMBRELLA” APPROACH WE TRY TO MAKE BECOMING A CHAPTER EASY IN ORDER TO INCLUDE MORE CHAPTERS - USK HAS BEEN WELCOMING AN AVERAGE OF 4 NEW CHAPTERS A MONTH TO BRING URBAN SKETCHING TO MORE PEOPLE IN MORE PLACES. AS OF DECEMBER 2018, URBAN SKETCHERS HAD 280 CHAPTERS ON SIX CONTINENTS.
On Saturday, November 11, 2017, over 100 chapters were involved in the first Urban Sketchers Global 24-hour Sketchwalk to celebrate the 10th anniversary of USk worldwide. Each city was assigned a time slot to share photos and videos of the session, resulting in an all-day takeover of the Urban Sketchers Twitter and Instagram feeds. The impact of this late 2017 event was felt throughout 2018 in the increased exposure and engagement of new chapters around the world. 14 2018 ANNUAL REPORT
One such place, Nairobi, is now represented by Urban Sketchers Nairobi, offering the rest of the world a glimpse of daily life in Kenya’s capital. As participants in the 24-hour Global Sketchwalk, this new chapter introduced the Nairobi Railway Museum to the world. Global connections continued to be reinforced through Urban Sketchers’ partnership with Turismo de Portugal for Sketch Tour Portugal. The program consisted of pairing a local and an international urban sketcher for 11 themed tours covering all regions of Portugal and a few specific events. The results showcase life throughout Portugal and were captured in sketches, video, an exhibition, and publication.
USk chapters worldwide are invited to partner with a local community group (not-for-profit, school, art organization, city agency) to develop and implement a workshop for that group. We’re looking to pilot the program with at least three USk chapters in 2019.
The Community Workshop Grant Fund was established in 2018 with the funds raised in the 10k+10k Matching Fund Campaign. This initiative shares Urban Sketchers with those who have not had the opportunity to practice urban sketching, combining our two greatest resources: our enthusiastic USk chapters with our talented USk instructors. The program will bring an educational event to a community organization and celebrate the life-changing power of on-location drawing. While informal USk chapter events are free to all participants, our world-class educational programming requires resources and serves as a wonderful welcome to those who want or need more support to build confidence in on-location sketching.
Currently we have 175k+ followers on Instagram, 13.3k+ followers on Twitter, 65k+ members of our Facebook Group, 101k+ followers on our Facebook Page, and 16k+ subscribers of Drawing Attention, the monthly zine of Urban Sketchers.
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A MAJOR ENDEAVOR OF USK IN THE FIRST HALF OF 2018 WAS THE PLANNING AND EXECUTION OF THE 10K+10K MATCHING FUNDS CAMPAIGN. Thanks to an anonymous donation, we created a challenge: for every dollar raised for the broader USk community, our generous donor would match it, up to $10,000. The money raised will fund the Community Workshop Grant Program. We want to bring the joy and satisfaction of on-location drawing to even more people around the world.
INCOME STATEMENT Donations Sponsorships Program Revenue Other operating income TOTAL INCOME
$ 23,760 $ 42,155 $ 251,495 $ 19,952 $ 337,362
Contract personnel expenses (bookkeeper & DA) $(7,177) Operating expenses $(9,624) Operating expenses-board $(18,639) Programming expenses $(193,686) Bank Fees & Fundraising expenses $(5,676) TOTAL EXPENSES $(234,802) BALANCE SHEET Assets Cash & Bank Balances
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SPONSORS & DONORS 10K+10K MATCHING FUND CAMPAIGN DONORS Anonymous Judith Spijk Rachel Schade Architects Genevieve H. Weeks Tina Koyama David Somers Jackie Barrow Linda Toolsema Cris Franchevich Abby Simpson Heather Leide Archana Shankari Tirunavarrasu Becky Steffens Gail Wong Christopher Goedert Richard Alomar Elizabeth Alley Peggy Wong Wiltfried Pathuis Amber Sausen Shadi Ebrahimi Asl Steven Koplin Dennis Smith Kar-Keat Chong Margaret Gibson Rosie Bartels 18 2018 ANNUAL REPORT
Maria Cecilia Castello Branco Shari Blaukopf William Lentz James Richards Susan Clark Laurent Wagner Chantal Vincent Pierre Schobyn Ruud Otten Hunter Murray Scott Renk Michelle Schindler Jane Wingfield Evelyn Howard Sharon A. Stone-Stover Mario Linhares Luis Frasco William Cordero Hidalgo Marion Rivolier Erin Hill Eduardo Bajzek Barboza Gina Glot Melissa Elliott Naoko Ebihara Ch’ng Kiah Kiean Angela Sung Shiho Nakaza Wayne Schneider Robin Wakefield Mike Daikubara
Phoebe Wilson Sandra Kelsey Roy De Leon Suhita Shirodkar Rochelle Ginenthal Susan Jackson Susan Clinkscales Sonia Vande Velde Anita Lehman Clyde Timmons Jonna Kosalko Judy Kistler Robinson Deborah Thornhill Michael McEnroes Kathleen Fenske Renato Palmuti Mayela Lameda Rik Reimert Rhea Gordon Elizabeth Williams Liz Stern Ernesto Miyakawa Sue Dewhurst Patricia Gaignat James Hobbs Sketcherman Ltd Circle Pie Sophia Su Elizabeth Raimann Todd Pruner Stuart Goss
Kris Mordecai Hala Furst Nancy Goldberg Gesine Wichmann Kristine Heilman Marcia Pugsley Doreen Nivoliers France Bessodes Tracey Thompson Elizabeth Vohs Terry Gay Lindsay Usher Byung Hwa Yoo Celeste Vaz Ferreira Yong Hwan Lee Lis Watkins Katherine Morrison Priscilla Giaccone Ivan Jeronimo Iguti da Silva Ellen King Melinda Manzo Richard Sheppard Brenda Chen Julie Schneider Jay Leutwyler James Nairne Andrew McMahon William S Elkins Jr Ellen Simpson Eunjong Kang
Danna Feintuch Suma CM Marina Grechanik António Procópio Timothy Quinn Hamacas Mexicanas M Hof S Z Hecht Francis Iwamura Susan Kiedio Marta Sitek Joni Vallon Mariel Delgado Vicky Avoid the Obvious Alexander Schowtka Tia Boon Sim and USk Singapore Jose Lorenzo Phyllis Goodwin Eleni Gratsia Mario Luz Simone Ridyard Gail Dokucu Leslie Akchurin Noga Grosman Liz Steel, Sketching Now Bernard Gabard Carina Tornqvist Tushar Mahajan Juan Carlos Franchevich Melanie Reim
Rosemary Robinson Michael Gilligan Kai Wu Neil Landreville Ellen Simpson Rohit Kulkarni Virginia Hein Ng Li Sun Filipe Pinto Mike Dodds Yo Rühmer Andy Forrest Jesse Chapman Leigh Furst Beliza Mendes Marto Alice Corbin Peggy Gloth Susan Wilson Luther Miller
Lynn O’Brien Elisa Deadman Richard Aitken Kumi Matsukawa Joel Winstead Shawne Cooper Uma Kelkar Nishant Jain Stephanie Bower Pat Loughery Myriam Kluyskens Deborah Boddiford Inna Kholodova Umberto Torricelli Madhuri Yadlapati Reshma Beeranthbail Gail Cotovsky Carla Giller Joanna Guglielmino
Maria Santos Chicago USk Nicholas Ruscombe-King Rosario Fernandez Suzanne Royals Sandra Biskup, Sandfarbe Majid Modir Susan DeCourcy Mary VanGieson Liz Scotta Karla Massingill Judith Dollar Nathalia Sa Cavalcante William McInnes John McGroarty Genine Carvalheira LK Bing & USk Surabaya Isabelle Laliberté Eloy Pons Marzal Fang Wang Amy E Boyle Johnston Atarah Levy Margaret Engells Robert Glazauskis Kate Buike Charles & Nikki Spencer H. Duane Blossom Jean Robbins Rita Sabler Michelle Abbot Niraj Gupta & USk Delhi Sue Shen Shaw Susan Cornelis Suzann Cromer Kristine Greke
OTHER DONORS Anonymous Joel Winstead Shelley Hammill Gail Wong USk Germany Peggy Wilson Kate Rutter Gina Gibson Linda Moore
Kremer Pigment Strathmore Paper Zebra Pen Clairefontaine-Rhodia General Pencil Marabu Derwent Stillman and Birn Golden Paints
SYMPOSIUM SPONSORS Rosemary & Co Artist Brushes Jet Pens Hahnemühle Leuchtturm 1917 Kingscreek PENUP Daniel Smith Da Vinci Nevskaya Palitra M. Sousa Ribeiro Brevillier-Urban & Sachs ColArt Faber-Castell The Rohrer & Klingner Laloran Ponto M Moldursant The Firmo Company Papelaria Modelo The Rabisco Co
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MEET THE BOARD THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
President: Amber Sausen, Minneapolis, USA president@ urbansketchers.org
Vice President: Richard Alomar, New York City, USA vicepresident@ urbansketchers.org
Secretary: Peggy Wong, Kuching, Malaysia secretary@ urbansketchers.org
Education Director: Mรกrio Linhares, Lisbon, Portugal education@ urbansketchers.org
Communication Director: Brenda Murray, New Hamburg, Canada communication@ urbansketchers.org
Events Director: Wiltfried Pathuis, Groningen, Netherlands events@ urbansketchers.org
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Treasurer: Gail Wong, Seattle, USA treasurer@ urbansketchers.org
SUPPORT OUR MISSION THE ADVISORY BOARD
Elizabeth Alley, USA Tia Boon Sim, Singapore Simo Capecchi, Italy Jessie Chapman, USA Suma CM, USA Jason Das, USA James Hobbs, UK Marc Holmes, Canada Omar Jaramillo, Germany José Louro, Portugal Shiho Nakaza, USA Steve Reddy, USA Jim Richards, USA Paul Wang, Singapore
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