The Laundromat Project

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Create Change

Create Change application is now closed. We will reopen the application process in December 2017.

Program Dates: April 1st – October 31st

We will announce the info sessions in December 2017.

For more information you can watch the 2017 webinar here.

For a decade, the Create Change artist development program has connected communities and artists in meaningful ways, creating a corps of creative community leaders. Each year The Laundromat Project selects 20 multiracial, multi-disciplinary artists & change makers living in the New York Metropolitan area to participate and produce eight new projects through our fellowships, commissions, and residencies. For a period of 6-8 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 of artists working with community members. The program further provides artists with a community of support, opportunities to build networks and the resources they need to further develop their creative practices and impact the communities where they live, work, and grow.

There are three arms to Create Change:


Fellowship Program (15 artists)

The Fellowship program is for artists 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.


Residency (3 artists)

The Residency is for artists of color with a demonstrated record of developing community-based public art projects who are comfortable engaging their neighbors in participatory, socially-engaged work. Residents should live and/or be deeply invested in the neighborhood where they plan to work: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, or Hunts Point/Longwood.


Commissions (2 artists)

Commissions are exclusively for Create Change Fellows alumni who are interested in mounting a public art project in a laundromat or other community space. Commissioned artists may reside anywhere within New York City’s five boroughs.

Program Update

For the first time, The Laundromat Project is building our Create Change Program around a theme: Sanctuary. We are looking for artists, cultural producers, and makers of all disciplines to produce “sanctuary” spaces through Create Change projects. 

In addition, this year’s Create Change Residency and Fellowship for Hunts Point/Longwood, Bronx will be hosted at our Kelly Street Collaborative Space. More information here.

Fees & Honoraria

For the first time, thanks to the generosity of the Andy Warhol Foundation the Create Change Fellowship is free of charge. Upon acceptance into the program, participants will be required to put down a refundable deposit of $100 that will be returned upon successful completion of the program.


The Resident and Commission Artists will receive a $5,000 honorarium as well as a production budget of up to $1,500 to complete their project.