Housewarming

What’s Happening at 920 Kelly Street?

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.

 

For questions, please contact Alicia Grullón, LP Artist Catalyst, at alicia@laundromatproject.org or Emily Mock, Program Associate, at emily@laundromatproject.org

 

Upcoming Events

 

COFFEE TALK ON THE STOOP!

Every first and third Monday, from 1-2 pm

Engage in weekly conversations on the stoop at 920 Kelly Street.

 

SATURDAY MORNING WALKS

Every Saturday from 9-10 am (weather permitting)

Start the day with a walk with gardeners and our artist catalyst, Alicia in Rainer Park on Intervale Avenue.

 

OPEN HOURS

Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2-6 pm

Twice a week, Kelly Street Collaborative (920 Kelly Street Basement) and the Garden Community Room (928 Kelly Street Basement) hold open hours. Weather permitting, find The Laundromat Project at 920 Kelly Street Basement or Laundry Pro at 938 E163rd Street for drop-in sidewalk workshops.

Please contact Emily Mock, Program Associate, at emily@laundromatproject.org or (347) 699-7506 with any questions.

 

THE BRONX FATHER’S PROJECT

With Dennis Redmoon Darkeem

Saturday, March 25th, from 2-4 pm

Bronx Fathers Project is a creative outlet for Bronx fathers and their children to create memorable memories through free arts workshops and cultural activities.

 

Shani Peters and URe:AD Press

With Shani Peters

Wednesday, March 29th, from 4-6 pm

URe:AD Press (a print and media based collective by artists Sharita Towne and Shani Peters) will guide South Bronx residents in a screen printing workshop and invite participants to share in an open discussion on African ancestry and identity. Grounded in shared affinity for travel, the African Diaspora, Self-Determination, audio/visual media, and DIY printmaking strategies, URe:AD (United Re:public of the African Diaspora) Press shares these values through collective activity, and various methods for using printmaking to spread related messages.

 

THE BLACK SCHOOL

With Joseph Cuillier

Wednesday, April 5th, from 11am-12:30pm

The Black School, with artist Joseph Cuillier, is an experimental school for Black, POC, and allies to explore art making and Black history. Program sessions include short workshops covering a range of art making techniques, including photography, poetry, drawing, collage, print making, and new media. Participants will explore the potential that creative acts have to affect change on a local level. Free and open to the public but RSVP required – register through this link. Due to limited capacity, we kindly urge you to arrive 15 minutes early. For any questions, please email alicia@laundromatproject.org

 

Join the Community Advisory Coalition (CAC) with The LP @ Kelly Street!

Live in the Hunt’s Point/Longwood area? Feel like making art with and in community? We’re looking for you! Let’s come together around common dreams to build positive change. For more information, contact emily@laundromatproject.org or 347-480-3015.

PAST EVENTS

 

I CAN’T BREATHE

PERENNIAL LOVE: BLACK LIVES MATTER

With Shaun Leonardo

Post-workshop Q&A co-facilitated by Sheyline Rodriguez (Take Back the Bronx), Shannon Jones (Why Accountability), and Omar Arponare (People Power Movement)

Saturday, February 25th, from 6-8 pm

I Can’t Breathe is a public-participatory workshop and performance that will take the form of a self-defense class. The overall, impromptu composition of defensive actions will, thus, create a reflection and meditation on our community’s legacy of self-preservation, and continued desire/need/fight to protect and survive. The piece will be conducted in memory of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Jamar Clark, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Ramarley Graham, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin…and countless others.

Immediately after the program, Shaun Leonardo will co-facilitate a Q&A with Sheyline Rodriguez (Take Back the Bronx), Shannon Jones (Why Accountability), and Omar Arponare (People Power Movement)

 

DRAWN TOGETHER

With Bruce Zeines

Saturday, February 11th, from 3-5 pm

Join teaching artist and Kelly Street resident Bruce Zeines to work in simple pen and ink drawing, the most basic form of illustrative expression. All ages are welcome! Families are encouraged to attend.

 

SPOKEN WORD PROJECT

With Rossemary Gomez and Emilio Montilla

Saturday, January 21st, from 3-5 pm

Where do you see love show up in your community? Join Rossemary Gomez and Emilio Montilla for this workshop focused on creating spoken word pieces centered around one of The LP’s values – Propelled by Love. Come express the many things that propel you towards love and learn some tools to help you get them down on paper. All ages are welcome! Families are encouraged to attend.

HERBAL TEAS FOR HEALING

PERENNIAL LOVE: BLACK LIVES MATTER

With Damali Abrams

Saturday, December 17th, from 2-4 pm

As we move deeper into the cold dark part of the year, many of us face health challenges, stress, or deep sadness. Come and learn to make a winter tea blend that lifts the winter blues, breaks fever, warms you up, and soothes sore throats. Participants will make their own tea bags to take home!

This workshop is part of Perennial Love: Black Lives Matter, arts and culture programming surrounding BLM in the Bronx. In light of the recent events regarding the ongoing crisis of racial violence in our communities, we as an organization continue to move towards creating spaces of healing, creativity, and reflection.

 

PAPER TREE MAKING WORKSHOP

With Faye Bonas

Saturday, December 10th, from 2-4 pm

Join resident and local artist Faye Bonas to create and adorn paper trees to share with family and friends.

 

PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP

With Antonia Perez

Saturday, December 3rd, from 2-4 pm

Join us to make collograph plates and prints using found materials such as mesh, fabric, cardboard, and plants! This is an intergenerational workshop. Anyone under 8 years old needs to be accompanied by an adult and work together.

 

SCREENING AND COMMUNITY DISCUSSION

PERENNIAL LOVE: BLACK LIVES MATTER

Saturday from 3:30-6 pm

A screening of the documentary Nana Dijo by Bocafloja will be followed by a community conversation about Black and Brown unity in the face of state terror against our communities.

PERENNIAL LOVE: BLACK LIVES MATTER KITE MAKING WORKSHOP

With Yasuno Miyauchi and Yamil Lora

Wednesday, November 16th, from 5-6:30 pm

The Spinning Project is an experimental sound collaboration between artist Yasuno Miyauchi and local musician and educator Yamil Lora. It is based on Yasuno’s ongoing project Wa Tsagumi, in which participants use voice and found objects to create a musical piece conducted by Yasuno. In collaboration with Yamil Lora, this program will bring together youth from The Point CDC’s music group and A.C.T.I.O.N. group with visiting artists from Asia to create a musical piece influenced by the youths’ Hunts Point experience.

PERENNIAL LOVE: BLACK LIVES MATTER KITE MAKING WORKSHOP

With Dennis RedMoon Darkeem

Friday, November 11th, from 1-3 pm and Saturday, November 12th, from 12-3 pm

Make a kite with Kelly Street Artist-in-Residence Dennis RedMoon Darkeem and bring it outdoors to fly!

AFROFUTURISM BOOK CLUB ON KELLY STREET

with Suhaly Bautista-Carolina

Saturday, November 5th, 3-4:30 pm

Founded in 2014, Black Magic is an Afrofuturism Book Club composed of womyn of the African Diaspora intended as a space to envision, imagine & create other possible futures. Join Black Magic for a reading & writing workshop that incorporates one of our favorite 2016 book club titles: “Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements” by Adrienne Marie Brown & Walidah Imarisha. Through a series of writing prompts and experiments, we will explore the question, “What does the future we want look like?” Read more about Black Magic on their website.

 

KELLY STREET HALLOWEEN PARTY AND ACTIVITIES

Saturday, October 29th,

11am-1pm Halloween decorating

4-6 pm Pumpkin decorating and pizza

Come celebrate Halloween at Kelly Street! Join us in decorating from 11am-1pm in the Kelly Street Garden. Come back at 4pm to create fun and “spooooky” pumpkins, enjoy a slice of pizza, and share some candy.

 

PERENNIAL LOVE: BLACK LIVES MATTER KELLY STREET (SPOKEN WORD WORKSHOP)

Saturday, October 22nd, 4-6 pm

with Emilio Montilla and Rossemary Gomez

A Spoken Word Poetry Workshop by Emilio Montilla centered on an alternative solution any emotional instability (anger, depression, frustration). There will be a visual arts component of the workshop illustrating verbal expressions headed by Rossemary Gomez. Montilla and Gomez are teaching artists and longtime residents of Hunts Point.

 

RETHINKING COLUMBUS DAY

Monday, October 10th, 12-1:30 pm

Join us for coffee and a light snack as we reconsider the history surrounding Columbus in the “new world”.

BOOKBINDING: A BOOK JOURNAL INSPIRED BY KELLY ST. COMMUNITY GARDEN

Saturday, October 2nd

Join artist Jessica Lagunas and learn the fundamentals of bookbinding and create a personal journal. Participants will learn how to fold paper, stitch pages together and create beautiful covers for their books. RSVP is required, please email alicia@laundromatproject.org.

 

YOUNG TALENT EXHIBITION AT THE AFFORDABLE ART FAIR NY

Click here for more details on Kelly Street Artist-in-Residence Dennis Redmoon Darkeem’s exhibition.

 

GLITTER PRIESTESS MAD TEA PARTY

Saturday, September 24th, 4-6 pm

Join Damali Abrams, the Glitter Princess, as she shares recipes for herbal remedies to soothe your nerves. Regardless of current events, each of us deserves to feel happy, healthy, and whole. Each participant will learn to make their own lavender honey to take home, as well as other tools for healing rage, sadness and anxiety when the whole world seems to be going mad. Ages 11 and up.

RSVP is strongly encouraged in order to take home some honey, email alicia@laundromatproject.org.

 

FIELD DAY 2016 @ KELLY STREET

920 Kelly St, Bronx, NY 10459

Join us for a series of drop-in community art workshops, open studios and a special performance:

  • Bronx-based teaching artists Fay Bonas and Sharon de la Cruz will lead a series of workshops including repurposing paper to create unique placemats as well as a mixed media collage making workshop centered on the notion of celebration & joy within the African diaspora through the lens of carnival.
  • View the collaborative student work from our inaugural iteration of Neighborhood Print Lab (NPL) in Longwood. NPL is a youth summer program using oral history and art techniques through a social justice lens to creatively amplify neighborhood narratives.
  • Check out the studio and latest work of our current Kelly Street Artist-in-Residence Dennis Redmoon Darkeem.
  • Learn about The Natural Knitting Project!—a collaborative Bronx arts project focusing on the process of everyday products being created in an eco-friendly way where activities included growing dye plants, knitting products from natural fibers, and exploring our communities mass consumption of landfill products. Join us for a culminating exhibit showcasing the workshop process and participants’ handmade results.
  • Watch a live thread spinning performance by the artist and Kelly St. resident, Sajata Epps at 4pm.

 

FIELD DAY 2016: SAY IT LOUD – EMPOWERING THE SOUTH BRONX

Happening at three locations during the following times:

2-4:30PM: Monsignor Del Valle Square (a.k.a. Hunts Point Plaza, at the intersection between Hunts Point Ave & Bruckner Blvd) 3-5PM: Libertad Urban Farm, 972 Simpson St, Bronx, NY 10459 4-6PM: Mothers On the Move, 928 Intervale Ave, Bronx, NY 10459   Empowering the South Bronx​ is a collaborative effort with various Bronx organizations to foster civic engagement. Based on feedback from young community members our Create Change Fellows co­-created an immersive hunt to connect ideas and spark dialogue. Activities will take place in communal spaces, covering topics that range from: wellness, state/community violence to cross­-cultural unity through creative exchanges.​   FIELD DAY 2016: CREATIVE WALK Departs at 3pm from 920 Kelly Street RSVP on a first come, first serve basisClick here to sign up. The Bronx incubated a new concept of contemporary art in the early 80’s to 90’s that was political simply due to its existence. Artists and organizers responded to the energy on the streets. Culture from people of color, for people of color. Join Bronx-based artists Alejandra Delfín & John Ahearn as they lead an interactive walk that highlights the creative response & history generated in the Longwood area.

“HEART AND NEIGHBORHOOD” WORKSHOP

Saturday, September 10th, 2:30-4:30 pm

Join instructor Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful for this multi-sensory workshop that combines healing with art-making, inviting participants to use their own hearts as a point of departure for a conversation with their neighborhood. Those attending will be gently guided through the process of listening carefully to their bodies with the intention of initiating a meaningful heart-to-heart dialogue with the place they call home. Art will serve as the tool to translate personal and collective experiences that emerge in this workshop.   Kindly note that this class is geared to adults. No previous art background required. Wear comfortable clothing and sandals or similar footwear that you can take off if you wish. Rose petal tea and snacks will be served.

DRAWING ON THE STOOP

Saturday, September 3rd, 1-2 pm

Grab some paper, markers and crayons and draw! Join neighbors and artist catalyst on the 920 Kelly Street stoop.

PASTE PAPER WITH TEXTURE AND MARKS FROM KELLY ST. COMMUNITY GARDEN AND BEYOND

Saturday, August 27th from 12-1 pm, and Saturday, October 1st from 12-1 pm

Learn a technique for decorating paper that was used in early bookbinding using acrylic paint and paste medium. Embellish your textured papers with a variety of different tools and materials easily found at home and in our own community garden. Be inspired with various demonstrations to create one of a kind paste papers with this fun and easy to do method. Participants will make multiple sheets of paper to take home or use these papers in a pamphlet book.

THE NATURAL KNITTING PROJECT

Location: The LP space at 920 Kelly Street (bet. 163rd and Intervale Ave) and Banana Kelly Community Room at 924 Kelly Street

The Natural Knitting Project is a collaborative Bronx arts exhibit focusing on the process of everyday products being created in an eco-friendly way. The project consisted of 14 workshops with artist Sajata Epps where Bronx residents get to grow dye plants, knit a product from natural fibers, and explore our communities mass consumption of landfill products. Workshops took place from 6–7:45 PM, as detailed below:

 

May 11 (adults): 924 Kelly Street

May 25th (kids/youth) The LP space on 920 Kelly Street

June 8th (adults): 924 Kelly Street

June 22 (kids/youth): The LP space at 920 Kelly Street

July 6th (adults): 924 Kelly Street

July 20th (kids/youth): The LP space on 920 Kelly Street

August 3rd (adults): 924 Kelly Street

August 17th (kids/youth): The LP space on 920 Kelly Street

August 20th (adults) 2:30- 4:30 pm: 924 Kelly Street

 

RAINEY PARK ART HISTORY WALK

Saturday, August 20th, 2016, 5-6:30 pm

Location: Tour starts at 920 Kelly Street   There was always art in the Bronx and more than traces remain today. Join Bronx- based artists Alejandra Delfin and John Ahern as they lead an interactive walk that highlights the creative and political response generated in the Longwood area during the early 1980’s to 1990’s. Participants will visit present and historical art sites such as Rigoberto and Ahearn’s reliefs and Banana Kelly High School (BKHS), the original location of the Longwood Art Gallery, which incubated several Bronx-based artists including Pepon Osorio, Tim Rollings & KOS and The Bronx Printmakers Workshop.

KELLY STREET ANNUAL BLOCK PARTY

Saturday, August 13th, 2016, from 12-5pm

Location: Kelly Street (between Intervale Avenue and 163rd Street in the Bronx)   Join us for this annual block party co-organized by Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association and Workforce Housing Group. 2016 Hunts Point/Longwood Artist-in-Residence, Misra Walker, will be sharing her Create Change residency project “Coco & Climate Cart” and giving out iced treats from a Coco Helado cart in exchange for stories. The LP will also be leading community art workshops throughout the day on literacy, spoken word poetry, and printmaking. The work of youth participants from our Summer 2016 Neighborhood Print Lab will also be on view in an exhibition at our Kelly Street apartment space.

STAIN GLASS INSPIRED “SELFIE” COMMUNITY MURAL (PART WORKSHOP)

Thursday, August 4th, 2016, 2-3 pm & Thursday, August 11th, 2016 2-5 pm with Shellyne Rodriguez

What does a selfie reveal about us? What do we hope people will see when they see a photo of us? What is our “context”? Could our community make up our context? If the community is part of us, then does that mean that a representation of our hood is also a representation of us? What is allegory? How could body language say something more than words? Could body language provide a portrait (or a selfie) as well?   Using photographs taken of each other and of people in the community, participants will work with Shellyne Rodriguez gathering images for to make a community collage mural to then place over windows in the garden.

Major funding for the Kelly Street Collaborative is provided by the New York Community Trust and Surdna Foundation.