Meet Chet, Program & Special Events Intern!
So, what made you decide to intern with The LP? How does the internship relate to your studies?
I looked through a few internships and saw The Laundromat Project. I saw “non-profit” and “art” and those words automatically sparked a personal interest within me. Their mission, which revolves around the intersection where art and community meets, is a brilliant way to help a community blossom. Up until the age of fifteen, art was an activity I was heavily involved in but I was encouraged to leave it behind for a more secured professional future. So when an art opportunity presents itself of course I am going to dive in.
Before I moved to New York I was a part of a few non-profit organizations in The Bahamas and before that it was ingrained in me, in high school, of how important it is to give back. So to read and learn of how The LP hosts workshops offering art education as well as programs that gives community artists the chance to interact and teach community members, I could not imagine a more fulfilling and fun cause.
I am currently an Economics major with an intended minor in Arts & Entertainment management. Since working with non-profits over the past few years and being able to sit in on meetings I want to learn more about the economic side of The LP. Such things as how does a non-profit stay afloat, is it through private contributions or government grants and how are expenses and fees managed? Then of course the Arts & Entertainment part of me wants to see how the programs and Special Events, such as Soapbox is put together.
All of these reasons make me feel The Laundromat Project is an ideal fit.
Do you have your own creative practice? If so, tell us more!
Can we be completely honest here? Well, I am calculated in my method. Even when I am executing a creative project I will perform in an automated way but after completion I will go back over and analyze it until I feel it can be presented in the most polished manner as possible.
Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?
A young Bahamian artist by the name of Angelika Wallace-Whitfield truly inspires me. During one of her art exhibitions she premiered a collection of paintings entitled ‘Animalistic.’ These monochromatic paintings were of female bodies with the heads of exotic animals such as an elephant. She used a drain and drip technique that created an electrifying energy. The large scale of the paintings also helped to bring them to life. There was something very lively about those art pieces.
What is your favorite… film? …album? …food?
My favorite film, that is a tough one. There are so many that I’ve watched multiple times that I consider favorites and yes I do believe there can be more than one that is greatly favored. Recently, I will say I was blown away by the insanity that is ‘Gone Girl’; to think there can be actual people like the lead female character. Also, I am moved by Mo’Nique’s ‘Blackbird’; there are so many elements to that movie that jump back and forth between family and religion.
Here again, there is not one album that I like but if I could create a mixtape, some of the songs included will be: Janet Jackson’s “Everytime,” Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman’s “Time To Say Goodbye,” Azealia Banks’ “Jumanji,” FKA Twigs’ “Pendulum,” Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing,” Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved,” Meek Mill’s “B-Boy,” Popcaan “Party Shot,” Boyz II Men “Water Runs Dry” among thousands of others.
As far as food goes I love escargots soaked in lemon, butter and garlic but then I enjoy a good ol’ American burger with spinach and mushrooms on a soft crunch bun. My favorite dessert is guava duff of The Bahamas; a rich rum sauce really sets it off.
Where do you do your laundry?
During the school year I do my laundry within the dormitory building but during summers I usually find the closest neighborhood laundromat to where I am living, at that particular time.
In your opinion, why does art matter?
A term that has become cliché, “express yourself,” is what art is all about. We all go through life and society seeking and working hard to achieve accolades in professions that help the world go around. I personally feel this is our black-and-white side. Art and the ability to express ourselves through it is the grey area or the area of technicolor.
I am definitely not one who disapproves of “working for the man” but I think art is the true balance in one’s life and in one’s environment. Art is individuality and in my opinion it is why it can be hard to make a living from it because your individuality can be misunderstood by mainstream perception. Art can be history and art can be the future; it can unite people. Art does so many things for the development of people. Art is like the word language in the way that it takes multiple forms to be understood. To me, art matters simply because it helps human relationships and brain development.