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.


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OVERVIEW

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.

The Fellowship is a six-month series of workshops and programs that are meant to be an effective, affordable, and intensive training for artists interested in local, community centered, civic actions. 

Throughout the program, Fellows meet with a diverse roster of artists, activists, arts professionals, curators, funders, and change agents offering strategies for creating and sustaining work at the intersection of the arts and social change sectors. As the Create Change Fellowship champions a practice-base model, the program culminates in site-specific team projects by Fellows through partnerships established across select anchor neighborhoods. This opportunity is open to artists, activists, and neighbors at all stages of their creative practices and disciplines.


THE ACTIVATION OF CULTURAL ABUNDANCE 

Up to 12 Create Change Fellows from across New York City’s five boroughs, will be selected to participate in the 2019 program. This year’s Fellowship will center its activities within one neighborhood - the Hunts Point / Longwood area of the South Bronx. Through the theme of abundance, Fellows will work on proposals for local cultural resources that center the voices and histories of long term residents, small business owners, youth, activists, cultural institutions, and artists throughout the neighborhood. 

Working  in small groups, fellows will engage models of cultural asset mapping. Addressing where and how does culture take shape in 2019? How are aesthetics produced and in what ways do they evolve? What role does the commons play amidst rapid urban change and how are neighbors reshaping what it means to belong to a city, a neighborhood, or a block

Together, we hope to learn and contribute to the complex makings of cultural art production and civic engagement in the South Bronx. At the culmination of the program, fellows will activate local cultural resources through community exchange, cooperation, and zeroing in on our commitment towards valuing place.


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEBER

Application Launch | February 1, 2019

Webinar Info Session | February 11, 2019

Bronx Info Session | February 13, 2019 | 920 Kelly Street

Application Closes | February 24, 2019 at 11:59pm EST (EXTENDED)

In-person interview date for shortlisted applicants | March 16, 2019.  (HOLD THIS DATE PLEASE)


For more program and eligibility guidelines, please visit our site.  

OVERVIEW

The Laundromat Project offers its flagship Create Change Artist-in-Residence program for artists interested in developing and mounting a socially-engaged and participatory public art project in their local laundromat and/or other community spaces. Each year, a total of 5 artist projects are supported through the program. Four artist projects are developed through a six-month residency that runs from April to October, and one project is selected for a year long residency program that runs from April to March respectively.

The residency is open to artists of color who live in or are deeply invested in the communities of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, and Hunts Point / Longwood. The program requires a significant time commitment as artists are expected to develop collaborative projects in-community amongst neighbors, local stakeholders, and community organizations. 


A CULTURAL ARTS LAB 

Up to 4 Create Change Residents will be selected to participate in the 2019 program. This year’s program  has been reshaped into a practice-based lab around The Laundromat Project’s pedagogical framework for community arts engagement. Our pedagogy is one that centers collaboration and partnership, where the work of the artist is created through a cooperative approach with community members and local organizations.

Our aim is to develop new strategies and ideas around equitable public art, community engagement, and social intervention practices. We plan to support residents by offering individualized programs of project incubation and exploration to strengthen their ways of  learning and discovery. The Residency is an experimental platform and we invite participants to explore new areas of artistic practice and methods of research.


IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEBER

Application Launch | February 1, 2019

Webinar Info Session | February 11, 2019

Bronx Info Session | February 13, 2019 | 920 Kelly Street

Application Closes | February 24, 2019 at 11:59pm EST (EXTENDED)

In-person interview date for shortlisted applicants | March 15, 2019. (HOLD THIS DATE PLEASE)


For more program and eligibility guidelines, visit our website.

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