The Sketchbook Project Summer Tour

The San Francisco Center for the Book is pleased to host the 2013 Sketchbook Project 2013 Road Trip featuring thousands of handmade artists’ books.

26,000 sketchbooks and counting

Join SF Center for the Book in welcoming The Sketchbook Project to San Francisco this July.

The Sketchbook Project is a global, crowd-sourced art project and traveling exhibition. Since 2006, the Sketchbook Project has encouraged participants from all walks of life to fill the pages of a blank sketchbook. The results are cataloged in the Brooklyn Art Library and shared with the public in venues around the world. The collection currently includes more than 26,000 sketchbooks representing nearly 8,000 cities worldwide.

Sketchbooks will go on an adventure of a lifetime in our custom built Mobile Library


This summer, Steven Peterman, co-founder of the Sketchbook Project, and Sara Peterman, director of the Brooklyn Art Library, are hitting the road to share the stories behind the Sketchbook Project with communities across North America. The husband- and-wife duo will set out for adventure in the Mobile Library — their custom-built bookmobile — along with a selection of 4,500 sketchbooks from the permanent collection. Covering more than 10,000 miles and 32 cities in just four months, the Summer Tour is a unique opportunity to experience the Sketchbook Project firsthand and swap stories with the project’s organizers.


Over 75,000 people have taken part in The Sketchbook Project in some capacity. Join a community of artists who believe that art comes from anyone, anywhere, regardless of education, background and skill. Got something to say? Say it with The Sketchbook Project.

The Summer Tour includes stops in every corner of the country, from Portland, ME to Los Angeles. This year marks the Sketchbook Project’s first visit to many wonderful venues, including the San Francisco Center for the Book, the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and the Dahl Art Center in Rapid City, SD.

Got something to say? Say it with The Sketchbook Project.

The Sketchbook Project’s participants span from all corners of the earth. Creative people from 135 different countries have taken part in the project.

As part of the adventure, Steven and Sara are documenting the entire Summer Tour for an upcoming book. “We’re excited to collect stories from the people and places we encounter throughout the summer,” says Steven. “It’s an opportunity for us to share a pretty crazy experience — traveling across the country with thousands of sketchbooks and meeting thousands of people along the way.” The book will bring together stories from Steven and Sara’s escapades on the road with a behind-the-scenes look at the process of bringing a community art project to life.

The goal is to continue inspiring people from diverse backgrounds to make art. “Given all the ways that technology has integrated with our lives, it feels meaningful to meet new people over physical books,” says Steven. “This project is about people leaving their mark in the world.”

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