ABOUT THE LAUNDROMAT PROJECT

The Laundromat Project advances artists and neighbors as change agents in their own communities.

We envision a world in which artists and neighbors in communities of color work together to unleash the power of creativity to transform lives.

We make sustained investments in growing a community of multiracial, multigenerational, and multidisciplinary artists and neighbors committed to societal change by supporting their artmaking, community building, and leadership development. 


ABOUT THE FULTON SREET WINDOW COMMISSION

The Fulton Street Window Commission invites visual artists to propose an artwork for a one-year vinyl installation on the front street-level window of our community hub at 1476 Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy. We seek proposals of 2D visual work that creatively use the street-facing window space to celebrate life in Bed-Stuy, Fulton Street, and our local community of neighbors and small businesses. The selected artist will be awarded $3,000 USD for their participation. Learn more about The Fulton Street Window Commission here.


ABOUT THE BED-STUY CREATE & CONNECT FUND

The Bed-Stuy Create and Connect Fund seeds the creative ideas and civic actions of artists, cultural practitioners, community builders, organizers, and makers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. We will provide $1,000 grants towards each funded project, for a total of 10 to 11 projects. We are looking for creative initiatives and projects that are rooted in community, foster connections, and ignite conversations and/or collaborations. Learn more about the Create & Connect Fund here.


ABOUT CREATE CHANGE

Create Change is The Laundromat Project’s artist development program, designed to connect communities and artists in meaningful ways. We envision building a corps of artists inspired and equipped to work alongside everyday folks in creative endeavors right where they live. Over the long-term, we intend to foster and support artist-leaders who are empowered by, committed to, and fully conversant in community-attuned art practices. Learn more about Create Change here


ABOUT THE CREATIVE ACTION FUND

The Creative Action Fund is a micro-grant initiative to seed the ideas and civic actions of our Create Change alumni network. This fund is a critical part of our vision to make sustained investments in our growing artist network through supporting their artmaking, leadership, and professional growth. Share your project ideas and interventions that engage the digital space and analog modes of art making. Learn more about the Creative Action Fund here.



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ABOUT
The Bed-Stuy Create and Connect Fund seeds the creative ideas and civic actions of artists, cultural practitioners, community builders, organizers, and makers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. We will provide $1000 grants towards each funded project, for a total of 25 projects. We are looking for creative initiatives and projects that are rooted in community, foster connections, and ignite conversations and/or collaborations. In other words, we support community building amongst neighbors.

We encourage you to apply if you have a new creative project or an ongoing/long-term initiative that positively impacts and engages a group, audience, or community in Bed-Stuy. We are particularly interested in projects that nurture creativity and uplifts collective recovery, and/or community wellness. Proposals can be for ideas that are virtual, in-person (with appropriate COVID-19 safety precautions in place), or some combination of both. 


FALL CYCLE OPEN CALL
Applications Open: June 1, 2022
Applications Close: September 1, 2022
Decision Notification: periodic notifications between beginning-July and late-August 2022


GUIDELINES

  • For the 2022 cycle, award amounts are $1,000 USD each, payable by check or PayPal or Zelle electronic transfer. The award is inclusive of production, supplies, and materials costs.
  • The theme and focus of the fund is community building, community recovery, and collective wellness within the Bed-Stuy neighborhoods. You can creatively explore these topics with local communities of your choice.
  • Recipients have up to one year from the selection announcement to use their funding.
  • Recipients will be asked to share documentation (screenshots, images, or recordings, etc), related project stats, and submit a short survey to provide reflection and feedback on the Bed-Stuy Create and Connect Fund initiative.
  • Applicants for collaborative works or applicants applying on behalf of a group or organized body should select one member to submit an application for review.
  • Applicants can apply for funding multiple times a year, but can only be awarded a grant once within a calendar year. An awardee of a collective may apply again as an individual within the same calendar year. Please note that we prioritize new applicants for each cycle.
  • Applicants can apply with new project ideas, ongoing initiatives or programs, or new iterations of past actions. Only one submission per applicant is permitted. An applicant can only be represented on one solo or collaborative submission.
  • There is no additional project production support with the award. The LP may assess opportunities for collaboration on a case by case basis, including co-production, technical support, facilitating connections, etc.
  • The LP may inquire about featuring you and the project on social media.
  • Awards cannot fund projects that are already completed prior to when the grant awardees are announced.
  • Projects, events, and/or activities should be free to participants, audience, and community members.


SELECTION CRITERIA:
Projects and activities must be able to be developed, installed/performed by the applicant independently without production support from the The Laundromat Project, while taking into consideration current CDC and New York City health and safety guidelines.
LP staff members will review projects by their alignment with the goals of the Bed-Stuy Create and Connect Fund to foster community, relationship building, and collaboration in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood through creativity and community wellness. We will select 25 awardees for the 2022 Cycle. Contact our Community Engagement team at community@laundromatproject.org with any questions.


ELIGIBILITY
Self-organized groups or collectives (i.e. sewing club, writers group); formal organizations (i.e. block associations, tenant associations); and individuals (at least 18 years of age) living, working, or otherwise committed to and invested in Bed-Stuy are eligible to apply. Please note the legacy of place is a core value of this Fund, so proposals must be responsive to or centered within the Bed-Stuy neighborhoods and communities. We also see the allocation of this Fund as a way to help counter structural, systemic injustices in Bed-Stuy. Therefore, we will prioritize: (in no particular order)

  • Proposals led by residents born and/or raised in Bed-Stuy, generational Bed-Stuy residents, and residents who have lived in Bed-Stuy for 10 or more years
  • Proposals led by individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, Native and/or People of Color
  • Proposals led by individuals in the disability community, including immunocompromised individuals
  • Proposals led by individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+


TYPES OF ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

  • Virtual workshop series focused on art-making, skill-sharing, and / or creative or cultural activities that create space for community building
  • Projects / initiatives that strengthen connections to place in Bed-Stuy
  • Ongoing podcasts, storytelling, or oral history projects as they relate to Bed-Stuy
  • Outdoor performances or activations in local Bed-Stuy parks or community gardens including dance, theater, musical, spoken word/open-mic*
  • Community and place-based projects including temporary public murals or installations, walking tours, sidewalk chalk art competitions, performances, creative scavenger hunts, community bike rides or roller skating activations, wayfinding projects*
  • Virtual or socially distant gatherings for intergenerational community members including sewing or knitting clubs, writing groups, singing circles, etc.*
  • Support towards arts and cultural festivals including art making at block parties or fairs*
  • Mail or postal projects that encourage social connectedness
  • Creative activations around mutual aid or cultural organizing

*in-person events and activities must apply appropriate COVID-19 protocols


TYPES OF INELIGIBLE PROJECTS

  • Solo production of art works made for personal practice
  • Proposals with no involvement, impact, or engagement with additional stakeholders or a broader community.
  • Projects, events, and/or activities that require an admission or participation fee



DEFINING ART
For The LP, art includes visual, media, literary, and performing arts as well as curation, scholarship, education, healing, community organizing, and other cultural traditions, productions, and practices. You do not have to consider yourself an artist to apply.

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