‘Stay Inside the Lines’: West Seattle artist’s project grows with benefit coloring book

“Stay Inside the Lines” started as a project to offer free coloring pages, created by area artists, to enable more artistic expression by kids during the pandemic. The organizer is a Gatewood resident, Galen Driver, who tells WSB the project is now growing into a full-scale coloring book, with sales to benefit kids in a second way:

At the start of quarantine in March I noticed a lot of parents at work complaining the schools were not providing art activities and they were running out of things for their children to color. I’d also seen a staggering stat about adult coloring books and mental health. I decided to pull together a bunch of local artist friends to create a bunch of free print-at-home coloring pages under the project name Stay Inside The Lines Seattle. After launching, I continued adding more new pages and artists and got a lot of press around the project, driving thousands of downloads.

I’ve recently partnered with ArtsEd Washington to launch the ‘Color for the Arts Fund,’ dedicated to providing art supplies for local Title 1 schools with high numbers or percentages of children living in low-income households which tend to be predominantly BIPOC communities. To launch the fund, we’ve put physical copies of the coloring book up for pre-sale, donating one book for each book sold along with 100% of profits to the art supplies fund.

To pre-order the benefit book, go here. You can also still explore the Stay Inside the Lines site to find free downloadable coloring pages right now, and to see the list of contributing artists (you’ve probably already some of their work, Galen notes, around West Seattle).

4 Replies to "'Stay Inside the Lines': West Seattle artist's project grows with benefit coloring book"

  • Elicia October 11, 2020 (12:53 pm)

    I’ve tried pre-ordering but it’s not accepting my credit card info.  Is it possible to add a venmo or paypal option?  I love this idea and want to give as holiday gifts!

    • WSB October 11, 2020 (1:31 pm)

      I’ll send Galen a note to ask.

  • Gene October 11, 2020 (1:53 pm)

    How cool! Just did my pre-order :)

  • R0b0 October 11, 2020 (11:39 pm)

    AWESOME! Some great artists!

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