“Drawing Together” is a social practice project that examines ways in which art contributes to a culture of health for an individual and a city.

The project is comprised of workshops, which are designed for non-artists and all are  welcome (kids, parents, adults, seniors, non-profit professionals, just to name a few). Materials are provided. All that participants need to bring is their interest in learning something new.

If you are interesting in scheduling a workshop at your school, business, organization, or community center please email me at info at Jamie Crooke dot com.

This project is produced by artist Jamie Crooke Powell

(Workshop #2 Drawing Exercise Outcome)

Project Outcomes:

  • Participants surveyed during workshops report a 25% increase in a positive mood after the drawing exercises.
  • 75% of participants plan to increase their art making after the workshop
  • Participant also provided personal perspectives:
    •  “Art is important for me to make in order to keep a positive attitude, and it drastically decreases my mental anxiety.”
    • Art and advocacy is a big part of how we express voice in the community. Through art expression we are able to communicate needs, feelings, and hopes without using words.”
    • Arts matter in our city because it helps people understand others’ thoughts and cultures in a more creative way.”
    • A healthy city supports artistic freedom, addresses community needs, creates a feeling of safety and inclusion and is accessible to all.”

(Workshop #12 Drawing Exercise Outcome)

History of the Project:

The project workshops began in September of 2017 and included a series of conversations and drawing exercises aimed at engaging the local Pasadena community in topics regarding the relationship of art and health in the city. The final presentation of the first 9-months worth of workshops was held on May 4, 2018 at the Armory Center for the Arts, and includes a selection of participants’ drawings that have been collected through the process, along with didactics about the relevant topics. The project framework aims to advocate for more art activation in under-served communities utilizing new formats of art.

A report and presentation was presented to the City of Pasadena Arts Commission in November of 2018.

(Workshop #7 Project Outcome)

Prior Workshops:

September 17, 2019 – Private workshop for at risk teens.

April 17, 2019 – 4:00 – 5:00 pm at the Altadena Library, Speaker: Scott Feldmann, who is a creative consultant, teambuilder, writer, and designer.

March 7, 2019 – 7:00-8:00 pm at the No Future Cafe, Speaker: Katy Robinson, parents, feminist, geographer, and co-founder of PHASIC House of Art and Science in CA.

Jan. 23, 2019 – 4:00-5:00 pm at the Pasadena Central Library, Speaker: Kelly Wood, Founder of SCHOOL Yoga Program

Dec. 19, 2018  – Cancelled…See you after the New Year!

Nov. 14, 2018  – 4:00-5:00 pm at the Pasadena Central Library, Speaker: Estrella Corral, Social Worker with incarcerated youth

Oct. 24, 2018 – 4:00-5:00 pm at the Pasadena Central Library, Speaker: Brian Biery, Artist and Community Builder

March 27, 2018 – In conversation with Artist Anne Bray

February 27, 2018 – In conversation with Program Director at Trust for Public Land, Tori Kjer

January 30, 2018 – In conversation with Sarah Eggers, LMFT, ATR, MFA

November 14, 2017 – In conversation with Director of Day One, Christy Zamani

October 17, 2017 – In conversation with Artist, Allan Nakagawa

September 26, 2017 – In conversation with Art Historian, Parent, and Nonprofit Administrator, Alli Pultz


May 4, 2018 – 6:00-8:00 pm – Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA


This project was made possible in part by a City of Pasadena Individual Artist Grant from 2017-2018.