March 22, 2017
With much excitement, The Laundromat Project is pleased to announce our 2017 Create Change, artist development program cohort. This multiracial, multigenerational, multidisciplinary group of artists, organizers, cultural producers, and makers of all disciplines represent the abundance of creative resources embedded with our New York City neighborhoods. During the 2017 Create Change season artists will address a range of issues impacting their local communities including:
For the first time in the decade-long history of the Create Change program, all projects are anchored in a single theme: Sanctuary. Over the course of the six-month program, the cohort will explore the role of artists and the arts in creating and supporting places of refuge. In 2017’s context, were anti-immigrant, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions are used to attack groups of people in the United States openly, 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. What does it mean to provide space which protects, supports our communities? How do we show up to encourage one another and live our joy? As expressed by The Laundromat Project’s board chair Julie Simon: “at The Laundromat Project we are using arts and culture across our Create Change program to continue to provide safe and bold spaces for communities of color and artists of color and everyone in between to own, fully express and celebrate the broad range and beautiful depths of their identities. We stand up. We stand with. We stand for. We create space. We create change.”
The 2017 cohort was selected by Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Community Relations Manager, Brooklyn Museum & Director of Programs at Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI), Harlem; Elvira Clayton, Create Change 2015 Artist-in-Residence (Harlem); Christine Licata, Director of Performing and Visual Arts, Casita Maria, Bronx; Sheetal Prajapati, Director of Public Engagement, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn; DeeArah Wright, Co-Director, JACK & Founder, Director, Gather, Brooklyn; and Faye Bonas, Artist, Kelly Street Community resident, Bronx.
Artists’ Projects (Commissions & Residency)
- We the News; Design, Literary Art & Multidisciplinary by Lizania Cruz
- The Black School: Harlem; Drawing, Installation, Literary Art, Multidisciplinary, Painting , Photography, & Visual Arts by Joseph Cuillier
- Ubuntu – I am because we are; Drawing, Installation, Multidisciplinary, Painting , Photography, & Visual Arts by Ahmed Tijay Mohammed
- Black August Cocoon; Performance & Ritual Art by Olaronke Akinmowo
- ID Shop: Round Robin; Multidisciplinary by Sue Jeong Ka