The Laundromat Project
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Create Change is our 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.
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.
CURRICULUM + FACULTY
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
Fellowship Program (up to 12 artists)
The Laundromat Project offers its Create Change Fellowship program for artists and creative individuals who may or may not have experience with community-based projects and are interested in developing or deepening collaborative and socially-engaged creative practice. Fellows need to be from one of the five boroughs to attend all program activities between April and October.
Residency Program (4 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 in the neighborhood where they plan to work: Bed-Stuy, Harlem, or Hunts Point / Longwood.
2019 Theme: Abundance
We are the leaders we’ve been looking for.
― Grace Lee Boggs
The Laundromat Project is building our 2019 Create Change artist development program around the theme: Abundance. We are looking for artists, cultural producers, and makers of all creative disciplines, backgrounds, and experience levels to explore abundance through community-based art projects across NYC.
Author, social activist, philosopher, and feminist Grace Lee Boggs asks: With People of Color becoming the new American majority in many parts of the country, how are we going to create a new vision for this country? This year at The LP, we are delving into abundance as a pathway to imagine more for ourselves and our communities. Our creative visions, ideas, and actions can fuel new ways of making positive change in the world. Through abundance, we know that we are many, we are more than enough, and that our communities encompass everything we need to work towards an equitable future. The Create Change program is an invitation to learn within a diverse, talented, passionate, and knowledgeable LP community striving to build collective spaces which invite new possibilities.