"You cannot tell me that these kids don't walk away with a deeper sense of who they are and what they can be just by working with artists that tell them that they can."
-Terrie Sultan, Director, Parrish Art Museum
Brothers Steven and William Ladd began collaborating as professional artists in 2000, their work included in major private and museum collections across the nation and abroad. Reflecting on the lack of exposure to the arts in their own childhoods, in 2006 they began their Scrollathon, engaging communities to bring the arts directly to those who might otherwise never have a chance to engage with professional artists.
Early programs took place in schools, first in their home town of Saint Louis, Missouri, then in their adopted hometown of Brooklyn, New York. To date the Scrollathon has served over 6,000 people throughout the United States and abroad, and since 2012 has expanded to hospitals, women’s shelters, youth missions and jails. Through partnerships with museums, the program has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and Knight Foundation.
The Scrollathon reaches underserved, at-risk and incarcerated populations who have little or no exposure to the arts, giving them creative tools for building skills and sharing their experiences through artistic interventions. Through hands-on collaboration the Scrollathon bridges a gap between communities and contemporary art, engaging people from all walks of life to create museum quality works of art.