It’s been in the works for a few months now, but I’m finally ready to reveal a new project. It sparked when a studiomate of Closed Mondays moved out and left boxes upon boxes of art supplies behind. I kept digging through them and collecting bits and daydreaming of the new art projects I might make with them. But keeping them all to myself didn’t feel right.
As this year progressed and some people’s situations became more and more dire, I watched a wellspring of mutual aid programs pop up all over the country. It turns out that many people don’t feel the pull of scarcity and hoarding but instead feel the push to share their own resources for the collective good.
You’ve seen this part in the movies: an actual lightbulb appeared over my head. With this cornucopia of cast offs the idea to host an art supply thrift shop came into being. For now, we’ll call it an experiment. I’ve tried to price everything as low as possible while still covering the costs we’ll incur to bring this to fruition. Things will evolve over time, but the vision is simple: art is for everybody.
It's a place where we get together and make something just for the sake of making things. You get to call the shots here. It's that special time where you don't have to be "productive" or make some commercially viable product or upload your prints to your online store. It's just about feeling the brush on the page and enjoying the process.
Right now Studio Sundays is an online thrift shop where we're taking donated visual arts supplies and selling them as affordably as we can. I have seen a future where Studio Sundays is an online thrift shop, a free art school, a studio space for those that need it, and a community of artists supporting one another in all facets of life/art.
Going forward Studio Sundays will have it’s own email list, you can sign up at the website: studiosundays.world (scroll to the bottom).
As always, it’s a delight to hear from you. Feel free to respond directly to this email!
We're starting small with what's available to us at this moment. Right now we've received only visual arts supplies, but we're hoping to branch out into musical instruments and digital art equipment so that our offerings truly make art accessible for everybody.
We're taking tips and suggestions and feedback and complaints and pushing this to evolve into a community art project that exists to encourage and coach budding artists.
If you are an artist in NYC with an abundance of lightly used or never used supplies, please fill out the contact form or email email@example.com to schedule a pickup.