Community Outreach

The Society of Illustrators is seeking to raise funds for our educational programming including the SI/Parks Middle School Drawing Academies and The Drawing Academy for Incarcerated Youth on Rikers Island.

SI, with the support of our membership, has a long history of community outreach through our education and scholarship programs. The SI/Parks Middle School Drawing Academies for NYC at-risk youth ages 9-13 currently serves 50 students in our Winter/Spring Academies and 30 students in our Summer Academy. Students are provided with a backpack full of art supplies, and each of these free programs are offered during school vacations and taught by accomplished SI artists.

The Drawing Academy for Incarcerated Youth on Rikers Island program provides up to 10 young men per week, ages 16-17, with high-quality arts programming focused on visual storytelling taught in 2-hour sessions by professional illustrators and educators. Participants will draw on personal experiences, either working alone or in collaboration with other youth, using a variety of materials and techniques to voice their own stories—often unseen and unheard—through illustrations, cartoons, and comics. Participants will work on developing critical thinking skills including visual communication, character development, and decision-making. At the end of the session participants will have the opportunity to share their work in their specified ward. Illustrator and comic artist educators provide lessons on different techniques and subjects for the students.

As the oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the art of illustration and comic art in America, SI is able to continue these programs through the support of our Members, as well as generous donations from the public and private donors. To help us continue these incredible programs, please consider a tax-deductible donation.