Create Change

Program Dates: April 1st – October 31st, 2017

Application Deadline: January 27, 2017

 

Attend an Information Session

Webinar, Thursday January 12, 2017 6:30pm-8pm

In-Person, Thursday January 19, 2017, 6:30pm-8pm

 

 

Apply

 

 

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For a decade, the Create Change artist development program has connected communities and artists in meaningful ways, creating a corps of creative community leaders. Each year The Laundromat Project selects 20 multiracial, multi-disciplinary artists & change makers living in the New York Metropolitan area to participate and produce eight new projects through our fellowships, commissions, and residencies. For a period of 6-8 months, participants are guided through a series of workshops, studio visits, and intense community building focusing on experiential coaching in order to build and develop community responsive creative projects.

 

Create Change participants acquire necessary practical and ethical tools to critically examine the role of artists working with community members. The program further provides artists with a community of support, opportunities to build networks and the resources they need to further develop their creative practices and impact the communities where they live, work, and grow.

 

There are three arms to Create Change:

 

Fellowship Program (15 artists)

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.

 

Residency (3 artists)

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 (2 artists)

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.

 

 

 

Faculty

Create Change sessions are led by a team of experts including: Urban Bush Women, Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, Arts & Democracy, Natural Occurring Cultural Districts New York, Rachel Falcone, DeeArah Wright, Caits Meissner, Nayantara Sen, Tammy Johnson. Topics covered include Entering Building and Exiting Community, Cultural Organizing, Community Partnerships, Engaging the Public Sector, Communications Strategies, Sustaining Your Practice, and Disrupting Racism Through Art.

 

“The Create Change program is a crucial learning experience for artists who are interested in questioning their place in the world as artists and thinkers. It provides us with a safe yet intensive space to learn new skills, ask questions, all with the intention of growing into more thoughtful, critical, creative artists who are pushing the boundaries of what art can do in the world.”

Ro Garrido, Create Change Commission Artist 2016

 

Program Update

For the first time, The Laundromat Project is building our Create Change Program around a theme: Sanctuary. We are looking for artists, cultural producers, and makers of all disciplines to produce “sanctuary” spaces through Create Change projects. Read our full curatorial statement here.

 

In addition, this year’s Create Change Residency and Fellowship for Hunts Point/Longwood, Bronx will be hosted at our Kelly Street Collaborative Space. More information here.

 

Fees & Honoraria

For the first time, thanks to the generosity of the Andy Warhol Foundation the Create Change Fellowship is free of charge. Upon acceptance into the program, participants will be required to put down a refundable deposit of $100 that will be returned upon successful completion of the program.

 

The Resident and Commission Artists will receive a $5,000 honorarium as well as a production budget of up to $1,500 to complete their project.

 

 

About Create Change

The LP’s flagship program, Create Change, began as a series of artist-led workshops mounted on folding tables, in front of community laundromats and has evolved into a leading artist development program that builds and nourishes creative community leaders. Annually, through our Residencies and Commissions, The LP supports five innovative and socially-engaged creative endeavors across NYC. Create Change resident and commission artists develop community-responsive art projects that make use of the unique social space of their location (i.e. a local laundromat and other local spaces) and engage their neighbors while reflecting shared community concerns.

 

In 2011, The LP established the Create Change Fellowship to help 15 participants develop or deepen their practice of making socially relevant, community-engaged art.

 

“The Create Change program was a really great opportunity to revisit, redefine, and challenge some of the language we use in our professional and artistic projects. The Create Change program was about complicating and finding nuance in how we produce socially engaged works by understanding that the art we make lives within intersectional social, cultural, and political systems. More than anything, I enjoyed having a dedicated time to meet with other Create Change artists and fellows to talk through our relationships to our communities.”

Salome Asega, Create Change resident artist 2016,

 

Over the past 10 years we have supported 125 artists and 40 projects. Alumni of the program include: Tomie Arai, LaTasha Diggs, Rachel Falcone, Sukjong Hong, Shani Peters, Michael Premo, Kameelah Rasheed, Bayeté Ross Smith, and Betty Yu. Over the long-term, we foster and support creative community leaders who are empowered by, committed to, and fully conversant in community-attuned art practices.

 

Funders

The Create Change program is made possible in part through the generosity of The Andy Warhol Foundation, Jerome Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

 

“The Create Change Program gives us a set of tools for engaging the communities we enter in meaningful and respectful ways so that we can provide opportunities to address the social and economic challenges that affect them and to make others aware of them with the purpose of creating positive change through creative means.”

Ivan Gaete, Create Change Fellow 2016

 

 

Curatorial Statement

 

Sanctuary:Reimagining Community Safety

 

In the United States the term sanctuary has a complex history. It usually refers to the sanctuary movement that became popular during the 1980s mainly in the south west of the country. Faith based organizations offered their spaces and refused to cooperate with government authorities in order to protect immigrants that were coming mainly from Central America while fleeing war and political prosecution.

 

In 2017’s context, were anti-immigrant, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, anti-muslim rhetoric and actions are used to openly attack groups of people in the United States, we see a resurgence of the term sanctuary. This movement has expanded from its earlier origins to college campuses, cultural spaces and even cities as a whole.

 

When The LP says Sanctuary, we mean a place of refuge or safety. Be it literal or symbolic.

 

In the context of our current political and socio-economic climate, it is important that we act together in solidarity across disciplines, expertise and differences. For the first time, The Laundromat Project is building our Create Change Program around a theme: Sanctuary. We are looking for artists, cultural producers, and makers of all disciplines to produce “sanctuary” spaces through Create Change projects. We think of sanctuaries as safe spaces that provide refuge and security. They can be literal or symbolic–a coming together or collective state of mind. What is role for artists and the arts in this sanctuary movement?

 

This year, we are looking to support creative projects that weave, build, and rethink notions of safety with diverse community members in our anchor neighborhoods (Bed-Stuy, Harlem, and Hunts Point/Longwood). In addition, we invite artists whose would be conducive to collaborations with civic, community-based organizations, government agencies and small businesses. We are looking to open, share and hold safer spaces that can help evoke, articulate, and realize our most imaginative and collective dreams of refuge in our current historical moment. The LP’s ultimate vision is to nurture creative community leaders as they help build more resilient and interconnected communities.

 

Reference to Sanctuary Movement

 

 

Create Change Fellowship

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The Laundromat Project offers a six-month series of workshops and programs for artists interested in developing or deepening their practice of making socially relevant, socially-engaged art. Our Fellowship program exists in a near-vacuum of effective, affordable, intensive training for artists interested in learning how to do community-based, social practice work better and deeper.

 

Entering its sixth year, the Fellowship runs from April to October. Participation in the program requires a significant time commitment of roughly 200 hours. Up to 15 fellows are selected per year.   For the first time thanks to the generosity of the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Create Change Fellowship is Free of charge. However, upon acceptance into the program, participants will be required to put down a refundable deposit of $100 that will be returned upon successful completion of the program.

 

For more information on this program, click here for the application guidelines and FAQ.

To view our Fellowship application click here.

Create Change Residency

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The Laundromat Project offers a six-month residency program for artists interested in developing and mounting a socially-engaged, socially-relevant, and participatory public art project in their local laundromat, community gathering and/or other everyday public spaces. The residency is open to artists of color living and/or deeply invested in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, and Hunts Point / Longwood.   As our flagship program, the Residency runs from April to October and requires a significant time commitment. Residents should expect to spend as much time building relationships with their neighbors and local community organizations to realize their project. 3 artists are selected per year, one per our anchor neighborhoods: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem and Hunts Point / Longwood.*

 

*In the case of the Hunts Point / Longwood project, it should engage directly with community residents at Kelly Street Collaborative Space, The LP’s creative community hub created in partnership with Workforce Housing Group, Kelly Street Garden, and Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association.

 

Artists will receive a $5,000 honorarium as well as a production budget of up to $1,500 to complete their project.

 

 

For more information on this program, click here for the application guidelines and FAQ.

To view our Residency application, click here.

Create Change Commissions

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This opportunity is exclusively available to alumni from the Create Change Fellowship program.   The Create Change Commissions program is designed to resource and invest in the artists with whom we work. With few funding outlets in the field for this kind of art making, The LP is committed to creating a rich eco-system for art practitioners to learn, build and grow. Selected artists will be given an honorarium, production budget, and other resources to present an existing or new community-based, socially-engaged and relevant project in one of New York’s five boroughs.

 

 

Artists will receive a $5,000 honorarium as well as a production budget of up to $1,500 to complete their project.

 

For more information on this program, click here for the application guidelines and FAQ.

To view our Commissions application, click here.

 

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