10 Years in 10 Days: Rudy Shepherd, 2006

I remember The Laundromat Project founder, Risë Wilson telling me an idea of starting an art residency in a Laundromat…


I am honored to be one of the first Create Change artists to share my story for The Laundromat Project’s 2016 People-Powered Challenge 10-day grassroots campaign. With The LP in 2006, I set up a larger than life “drawing cart” in a parking space outside a busy laundromat in Harlem, and got to meet many neighbors through that. I’ve always had an interest in working in my community and also in reaching out to people that wouldn’t normally be interested in art, so The Laundromat Project was a perfect fit.


I continue to be connected to my community around me. I recently held an induction ceremony for Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber, a series of sculptures I made that are currently on view in Harlem’s Jackie Robinson Park, and are part of the Studio Museum’s inHarlem initiative. Learn more about my involvement with The LP, and my other projects and work as an artist.


My experience with The LP forced me to look at my role as an artist, show my neighbors what I do, and be seen as an artist in my own community. Please join me in ensuring art continues to bring neighbors together by helping The LP reach their $40,000 fundraising goal by October 31 by making your donation at the bottom at the page.


I believe a sense of curiosity about the things that happen in our world is important to creating change. It’s not everyday that we are reminded we have permission to play. Fun and freedom are closely related, and I’m grateful The LP makes that possible.”


Rudy Shepherd

2006 Create Change Artist-in-Residence