Arts & Scraps Partnership

Colin Darke, The Ambidextrous Artist, Launches Campaign To Support STEAM Education

I’ve launched a redesigned site and store with new products to benefit Detroit’s Art & Scraps organization.

Over the past couple of years I’ve seen interest in my artwork skyrocket as I’ve been posting videos of my drawing techniques — focused on using both of my hands with equal skill to create beautiful and intricate drawings.



I’ve gone from a couple hundred followers to over 700,000 followers, over 100 Million video views, and over 11 Million likes. My work has even caught the attention of celebrities like P!nk, Shakira, Andy Grammer, and more. To do “good” with the attention my drawings can garner, I redesigned my site and store (www.ctdarke.com) , and the overall focus of my growing platform is to raise money for local art or STEAM programs, starting with Detroit non-profit Arts & Scraps.

Arts & Scraps works to provide science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education for children in the Detroit area. Starting May 7, 2021 through June 30, 2021, I will donate 50% to 100% of my profits to Arts & Scraps (and if people donate $5 or more directly to Arts & Scraps, I will send them my beautifully illustrated retelling of Aesop fables eBook — which took about 5 years to complete).

“I’ve loved drawing since I was five years old,” says Darke. “My goal with my art has always been to provide joy and wonderment to others, and I’ve always felt a desire to help other artists and to help non-profit organizations that are doing good. Arts & Scraps is doing the work to enrich our communities, so I want to use my platform and my work to help them continue to have such a positive impact. ”

Arts & Scraps Executive Director, Ang Adamiak, noted, “Arts & Scraps celebrates creativity of all kinds, and Colin’s talent is so unique. We are so excited to bring creativity and education to more students in Detroit because of his generosity.”

I’ve been drawing every day since 2005, but I realized that I could reach a wider audience in late 2019 when I started documenting my art and my process with short videos. In 2020 I created over 1,000 unique pieces of art. I share my art daily on my Instagram account and my TikTok account at his handle @colindarke, as well as on my website. To find out more, and buy products/merch visit http://shop.shopcolindarke.com

Arts & Scraps is a Detroit nonprofit that reimagines recycled industrial materials, inspiring people of all ages to think, create, and learn. Its focus is helping children who live in low income areas, providing hands-on learning and creative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programs at their Detroit facility. They recycle 28 tons of materials each year, serving 275,000 children by assisting 3,300 community organizations and classrooms. More information can be found on http://www.artsandscraps.org/.

Arts & Scraps Executive Director, Ang Adamiak, noted, “Arts & Scraps celebrates creativity of all kinds, and Colin’s talent is so unique. We are so excited to bring creativity and education to more students in Detroit because of his generosity.”