Kelly Street Collaborative
In partnership with Workforce Housing Group, Kelly Street Garden, and Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, The LP is transforming a 2 bedroom-apartment on Kelly Street in Longwood, South Bronx into a thriving creative community hub, with artist studios, arts programming, and community partnerships that will allow us to engage the larger Kelly Street community.
The seeds for the Kelly Street Collaborative were planted when Create Change Fellows Seyi Adebanjo, Ro Garrido, Alison Kibbe, Sasha Phyars-Burgess, and Priscilla Stadler partnered with the Kelly Street Garden to create the Grow Love project at Field Day 2014.
Dennis RedMoon Darkeem’s studio at the Kelly Street apartment
Dennis RedMoon Darkeem is the inaugural Kelly Street Artist-in-Residence. He was a 2014 Create Change Resident with The LP, as well as being a lifelong Longwood resident and member of Bronx Community Board 2. Besides using one of the bedrooms as his studio space, Dennis will be offering free art workshops to his Kelly Street neighbors.
In addition, Alison Kibbe and Sasha Phyars-Burgess are 2015 Create Change Commissions Artists for their project StoryBlock, and continue to deepen the community partnerships they began last year with the Kelly Street Garden.
Major funding for the Kelly Street Collaborative is provided by the New York Community Trust and Surdna Foundation.