24 Hour Draw-a-Thon is a free, all ages arts extravaganza that happens annually in November beginning at 6:30 am on a Saturday morning and continuing until 6:30 am the next morning. Visitors can come and go at any time, draw on the walls and floor which are covered with paper and cardboard or participate in one of the many artist led workshops held throughout the day. Draw-a-Thon’s drawing-centered workshops are designed for participants of any skill level and include bookmaking, mailable art, recycled paper making, screen printing, interactive sculptures created from repurposed materials, a live figure drawing workshop, animation, drawing game shows, drawing karaoke, and the signature Draw-a-Tron 3000, a machine that can draw anything you want. Draw-a-Thon attracts about 1,500 participants each year. In addition to the annual event, Antenna has recently piloted an in-school program in which Draw-a-Thon artists transform a school’s cafeteria or gym into an arts funhouse and provide a field day for students full of art workshops.
In December 2020, in lieu of the in person event, Draw-A-Thon artists created and distributed hundreds of free drawing activity kits throughout New Orleans. In this way, we were able to celebrate the joy of drawing while social distancing.
Support this year’s Draw-A-Thon!
Saturday December 17th, 2022- 7:30AM – until dawn the next day! 24HRS!
Save the date for the first installment of 24HR Draw-A-Thon in years! Draw-A-Thon will be hosted by NOCCA Foundation at Press Street Station, 600 Homer Plessy Way. We can’t wait to draw with you again!
Donate your boring old t-shirts to recycle into amazing Draw-A-Thon shirts!
During gallery hours you can drop off recycled t-shirts to donate to be printed for Draw-A-Thon. Please bring clean, solid color blank shirts in wearable condition. Shirts will later be screen printed with this year’s cool design by Kendrik James! Money raised from shirts sold supports Draw-A-Thon.
This year’s 24HR Draw-A-Thon was made possible by additional support from John Pope, Blick Arts Materials, our hosts at The NOCCA Foundation.