Sugarlift and NYC Artists Took Over the 2nd Avenue Subway and Raised over $2,000 for Young New Yorkers!


New York, NY – Those riding the Q Line in NYC on Saturday August 25th may have happened upon an interesting sight. Between 3:00-4:30pm, over 50 artists took their sketchbooks and packed into the subway cars at Union Square station, rode up to 96th street, and then on to Prince Street and a nearby popup gallery. There, artists exhibited the sketches they made, to sell for the price of a 30-day metrocard.

The event raised over $2,000 for the Young New Yorkers’ Art-Not-Jail program. Among the artists were two graduates of the Young New Yorkers!

Special thanks to all of the artists who came out and our host artists: Guno Park, Anna Park, Daniel Maidman, Devon Rodriquez, Dina Brodsky, Dorian Vallejo, Esteban Ocampo, Evan Kitson, Jane Stone, Janet Cook, Jessica Matier, Jiannan Wu, Kristen Schiele, Lauren Redding, Luis Colan, Lujan Perez, MJ Torrecampo, Melanie Vote, Robert Szot, Robin Kappy and Wright Harvey.

Also, thanks to our sponsor Moleskine for the great drawing gear!

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Art doesn’t always need to be refined or overly finished. In this case the artists only had about an hour on a moving subway to complete their drawings. There is an immediacy and urgency to the works that can be a better way to see each artist’s individual style.
 – Wright Harvey, Founder, Sugarlift


I had an amazing experience at the Subway Draw event last Saturday. I learned new sketching methods and was also given the chance to be a model for other people’s drawings.
 – Shawntiara Hayes, 21, Young New Yorkers Art-Not-Jail Graduate


It was surreal at times to look up and see a dozen artists sketching on the subway right in front of me. At times we dominated the train, and most passengers had no clue. It felt like we were all in on our own little secret. At other times, passengers caught us and curiously watched us drawing and were joining in on the fun in their own way as spectators.
 – Guno Park, Artist and Event Organizer



A limited number of artworks are still available. Reach out to to inquire.

Sugarlift also encourages you to donate directly to Young New Yorkers.

About Sugarlift:

With the mission to make collecting quality artwork more affordable and less esoteric, Sugarlift has been helping collectors find and commission original artwork from emerging artists since 2014. Our process adapts to each individual client’s style, space and budget, and has placed art everywhere from the first time buyer’s home to commercial projects for clients such as Johnson & Johnson and J.Crew. The emerging artists we support are encouraged to further their careers through our benefit pop-up events, partnerships with interior design and advisory firms, and gallery relationships in their local community.

About Young New Yorkers

Young New Yorkers (YNY) provides arts-based diversion programs to court-involved young people. The ultimate goal is to empower participants to transform the criminal justice system through their own creative voices. The criminal court gives eligible 16- and 17-year-old defendants who, in New York State, are charged and prosecuted as adults the option to participate in a YNY program rather than spend time in jail, incur other adult criminal justice sanctions, and be saddled with a lifelong criminal record. In most cases, upon successful completion of the program, a participant’s case is sealed.

To date, 100% of over 250 participants have successfully graduated from Young New Yorkers programs. Early research shows YNY participants’ re-arrest rates to be notably lower than similarly situated teens in Brooklyn, and the national average. YNY offers court-mandated Programs, as well as Community Programs and Graduate Programs.

Click here for a full list of YNY programs.

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