The Big Draw Festival 2019: Drawn to Life

September 21, 2019 to November 3, 2019

The Big Draw is a visual literacy charity that promotes the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. The charity leads a diverse programme of advocacy, empowerment and engagement, and is the founder and driving force behind The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing.

The Nova Scotia Museum is excited to be a Sponsor partnerfor the Big Draw Festival 2019. A series of events and programs will focus on the power of drawing to improve learning and wellness.


In 2019 The Big Draw Festival #DrawnToLife focuses on the vital role of creativity for health and wellbeing. As 'social prescribing' gains greater recognition as an effective tool for living a healthier and happier life; creating opportunities for accessible, fun, creative events has become more important than ever. So this is a great year to draw your community together, draw, explore, get out and about, kick start a new creative you and be part of The World's Biggest community of drawing enthusiasts!

  • The Museum of Natural History will be launching a new exhibit (Sept 21 - Nov 3) promoting drawing in natural sciences; featuring historical and modern examples of drawing and encouraging drawing in the Museum.
  • Throughout October the Museum of Natural History will hold a series of public lectures, events, and panel discussions about using eye trackers and VR to study drawing, graphic novels and comics in natural sciences, and facilitated nature drawing sessions.
  • A special public talk (Oct 7th) by Dr. John Kennedy, Drawing in the Blind and Sighted, will discuss alternative forms of drawing and perception, and importance for drawing and learning.

We invite everyone to celebrate and explore the benefits of being actively creative to make positive change and improve wellbeing.