Yesterday I went to DIY Days at the New School in NYC to hear Molly Crabapple talk about her “DIY Empire: How a little Art School Took Over The World.” Molly Crabapple is the creator and founder of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School which started in Brooklyn but now has branches all over the world. I am familiar with the history of Dr. Sketchy’s but it was interesting to hear her story and the inspiration for starting the group. One of the quotes from her talk was “When you have no money, you have to pay in other currencies. Imagination is one of them.” When you attend a Dr. Sketchy’s event you know that the circumstances around the event are once in a lifetime and may never be repeated again, i.e. a Japanese pole dancer posing with a monster from Kaiju Big Battel, or three beautiful models recreating scenes from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Through promoting the event on their website and social network sites they create excitement about these truly unique events. The audience becomes involved in the events by participating in the contests and posting their artwork on the group’s Tumblr site, as well as a Flickr group.