Category Archives: 2017

Beginning in Fall 2016 and continuing through this year, the Laundromat Project has been bringing artists and communities together at our Kelly Street Collaborative space in Hunts Point/Longwood to address shared struggles, differences, and diversities while centering BlackLivesMatter.   Regarding the ongoing and longstanding crisis of racial violence in our communities, we want to be […]

Each year for Women’s History Month, The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates women leaders from a variety of sectors through its Multicultural Audience Development Initiative. On Friday, April 7, 2017, The Met’s Multicultural Audience Development Initiative honored The LP’s Executive Director, Kemi Ilesanmi, alongside New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, New York City Council […]

We interviewed Kameelah Janan Rasheed, 2017 SOAPBOX Alumni Honoree, about what inspires her work, her connection to The LP, and more. Read to find out what she had to say”   What is your bio in six words or less? Perpetually curious artist, writer, and educator.   What motivates or inspires your creative practice? I […]

Find out what inspires the work and life of Hank Willis Thomas, one of our 2017 SOAPBOX Honorees for Award for Art in Community:   What is your bio in six words or less? I am a person.   Who are you are in community with? Humanity.   How did you first get connected with […]

Walter Cruz is our second Kelly Street Artist-in-Residence.

Find out what inspires the work and life of Dr. Deborah Thomas, one of our 2017 SOAPBOX Honorees for Award for Art in Community:   What is your bio in six words or less? Mother, photographer, sister, wife, curator, mentor.   Who are you are in community with? Women artists and photographers, photographers, singers and […]

Top photo: CreateNYC staff at Field Day 2016 Bed-Stuy.   Melissa Liu, our Development & Communications Coordinator, writes about New York City Department of Cultural Affairs’ (DCLA) CreateNYC:   Over the past few months, The Laundromat Project’s staff, artists, and community members have engaged with CreateNYC, DCLA’s process to develop a city-wide cultural plan that […]

The South Bronx has a long history of women inspiring their communities to fight for change. Mothers on the Move (MOM) and their Executive Director Wanda Salaman—a longtime activist—have fought tirelessly for more than two decades to win many victories around housing, economic, education, and environmental issues that affect South Bronx residents.   MOM and […]

The New Bed-Stuy vs. The Old Bed-Stuy: A tug of war exists between the Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) of the past and what the neighborhood is today.   Like many other neighborhoods in New York City, Bed-Stuy has been a site of contestation over the character and collective memory that is attached to a place. With this […]

The Laundromat Project held a public discussion around reimagining community safety and our 2017 Create Change theme of “Sanctuary”…

Hannah is a sacred storyteller, frequent scribbler, and sometimes filmmaker.

Goussy is a faculty member for the Middle School Jazz Academy and WeBop programs at Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is also mother to two young boys, ages 3yrs and 6yrs: her “greatest creative compositions”.

Abby is a Sonic Conceptual Performing Artist-Composer who believes in the power of music to inspire empathy and to change hearts and minds.

Get to know Henry Morales, our Winter/Spring 2017 development & communications Intern

Ron is a designer, researcher, and social practitioner who has had work featured by the American Institute of Architecture New York, UN World Urban Forum, and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Alejandra is a born and bred New Yorker working as a community organizer within the New York City housing rights movement.

Alethea is a Bronx-based dancer and choreographer.

Makeba Rainey is a Harlem native inspired by her community and fellow emerging visual and music artists.

Ingrid Romero is an artist, organizer and proud new yorker inspired by legacies of resistance, love and creativity.

Nikomeh is a Queer, Mad, Womxn of Color, an Ensemble Theatre Artist, Creative Producer (Nikomeh LLC) and Actorvist.