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Create Change


Deadline Monday February 19, 2018 at 11:59pm ET

Create Change 2018

For over a decade, the Create Change artist development program has connected communities, artists, and organizers in meaningful ways, creating a corps of creative community leaders. Each year The Laundromat Project selects up to 20 multiracial, multi-disciplinary change makers living in New York City to participate and produce eight new projects through our fellowships and residencies. For a period of 6 months, participants are guided through a series of workshops, studio visits, and intense community building focusing on experiential coaching in order to build and develop community responsive creative projects.

Create Change participants acquire necessary practical and ethical tools to critically examine the role that arts and culture have in community change. This program is centered in the experiences of People of Color and their communities. Create Change further provides participants with a community of support, opportunities to build networks and the resources they need to further develop their creative practices and positively impact the communities where they live, work, and grow.


Throughout the program, participants meet with a diverse roster of arts professionals, activists, funders, and change agents offering strategies for creating and sustaining work that overlaps both arts and social change. The Create Change Program offers intensive experiential workshops led by a team of experts. Past workshops have included:

  • Entering Building and Exiting Community led by Urban Bush Women
  • Cultural Organizing led by Ebony Noelle Golden from Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative
  • Community Partnerships led by Rachel Falcone and Michael Premo
  • Engaging the Public Sector led by Arts & Democracy, Natural Occurring Cultural Districts New York
  • Disrupting Racism Through Art led by Nayantara Sen, Tammy Johnson from ArtWork Practice


Practicing Sanctuary, Year Two

In 2017, for the first time The LP instituted a theme for Create Change —Sanctuary: Reimagining Community Safety. This was partially a response to the current socio-political climate of the country and proactively a way to sharpen our collective socially-engaged practice as a community.  We asked, What is role of the arts in supporting and making sanctuary? One of the lessons we learned was that sanctuary is more than a space, it is a practice. The individual and collective actions that support communities are at the core of what sanctuary is. Within this practice there are levels of complexity that require definition, time, and resources. This is why we decided continue to expand and explore the theme of sanctuary for a second year in 2018. As we continue this journey we know now that we are in it for the long haul.  We continue asking, What does it mean to have a practice of sanctuary?

We are looking for artists, cultural producers, and makers of all disciplines that support the practice of “sanctuary” through Create Change projects. We are asking that you define with us what does it mean to practice sanctuary while doing. This year, we are looking to support creative projects that weave, build, and rethink notions of safety with diverse community members in our anchor neighborhoods (Bed-Stuy, Harlem, and Hunts Point/Longwood).

Program Direction Statement 2017

Fellowship Program (15 artists)

The Fellowship program is for artists and makers of all disciplines including, cultural producers, and community organizers who may or may not have experience doing community-based projects and are interested in developing or deepening their socially-engaged creative practice. Fellows may live in the five boroughs or close enough to NYC to attend all program activities between April and October.


For more information on this program, please click HERE.


Residency Program (5 artists)

The Residency program is for artists interested in developing and mounting a socially-engaged, community-responsive, and participatory public art project in their local laundromat, community gathering and/or other everyday public spaces.

  • Open to artists of color living in or deeply invested in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Harlem Manhattan, and Hunts Point / Longwood The Bronx.
  • Open to alumni from the Create Change Fellowship program and can take place in any of New York City's five boroughs.

For more information on both opportunities, please click HERE.

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