Create Change is our artist development program, designed to connect communities and artists in meaningful ways. We envision building a corps of artists inspired and equipped to work alongside everyday folks in creative endeavors right where they live. Over the long-term, we intend to foster and support creative community leaders who are empowered by, committed to, and fully conversant in community-attuned art practices.
There are three arms to Create Change:
The Fellowship program is for artists who may or may not have experience doing community-based projects and are interested in developing or deepening their socially-engaged creative practice. Fellows may live in the five boroughs or close enough to NYC to attend all program activities between April and October.
The Residency is for artists of color with a demonstrated record of developing community-based public art projects who are comfortable engaging their neighbors in participatory, socially-engaged work. Residents should live and/or be deeply invested in the neighborhood where they plan to work: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, or Hunts Point/Longwood.
Commissions are exclusively for Create Change Fellows alumni who are interested in mounting a public art project in a laundromat or other community space. Commissioned artists may reside anywhere within New York City’s five boroughs.
As one alumna commented, “In [Create Change], I was able to connect my own artistic practice with that of a diverse set of artists to expand my scope of what’s possible in socially-engaged art. I walk away with questions and curiosities that I feel excited to explore.”