Meet our 2016 Create Change Artists

April 28, 2016

On April 23, we convened for the first time for an orientation with our 2016 Create Change artists—Commissioned Artists, Fellows, and Artist-in-Residence. A centerpiece of our full-day orientation was a workshop facilitated by Urban Bush Women on Entering, Building, and Exiting Community, as pictured above.


It was a great opportunity to get to know the artists in our 2016 cohort, hear them talk about their work, and engage in critical dialogue and deep listening about community engagement and more.


Artists’ Projects (Commissions & Residency)



Artist Fellows:

Rahviance Beme

Adalky Capellan

Walter Cruz

Vanessa Cuervo

Dalaeja Foreman

Ivan Gaete

Lindsay Harris

Sue Jeong Ka

Shamilia McBean

Lyra Monteiro

Salvador Muñoz

Autumn Robinson

Cynthia Tobar

Terence Trouillot

Claudia Zamora


Ayesha Williams

Meet Ayesha Williams

April 27, 2016

Meet Ayesha Williams, our new Director of Strategic Partnerships. Read our interview below to find out more about Ayesha.


How did you get connected with The LP?

I was connected with The LP by word of mouth through a number of curator friends and LP supporters.


How has The LP changed the way you look at / think about art?

Throughout life, my main interactions with art have been in traditional spaces (galleries, museums, institutions) or through formal public art installations. The LP has helped me to see that “art” can expand beyond these conventional boundaries and I understand more clearly that art is embedded in our everyday experiences and can be experienced in all places.


Do you have your own creative practice?

My father is an artist but unfortunately his talent and artistic genius did not pass along to me. 


Please tell us about one of your favorite hobbies.

I love to knit!


Please tell us about an artist, curator, activist, or project that has inspired you.

Adrian Piper inspired me to take ownership over my identity and make no apologies. Charles Gaines inspired me to challenge my understanding of the mundane and familiar and search for alternative ways of looking at the world.

What are your dreams / ambitions for The LP?

My dream for The LP is that it grows to a point where we are able to provide programs and resources to even more artists and communities of color. I envision this could be expanding the number of artists able to take part in our Fellowship, Artist in Residence, and Commissions program or replicating the Kelly Street Initiative in our other anchor neighborhoods.


What is your favorite…


My grandmother’s bread pudding (New Orleans style is the only way!)

NYC-themed film?

Spike Lee, 25th Hour

Book about art or social practice?

Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’


Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (although I am now tempted to say Lemonade, but it has yet to stand the test of time like Miseducation…will check back in 20 years)

Thing about your neighborhood?

Watching soccer matches in the park across the street from my apartment on Sunday mornings.

Where do you do your laundry?

Crystal Clean House Laundromat on 116th between Lexington and 3rd Ave


In your opinion, why does art matter?

I’ve always believed strongly in the transformative power of art. Art matters because often times there are no words to truly express who we are, how we feel, our struggles, concerns, our triumphs and our successes. Great art sparks conversations, and helps the viewer or receiver see life and experiences in a slightly different way. Complex theories and manifestos can be conveyed through a single work of art, or even through a simple image. Art does the job when words aren’t enough.


What is your Twitter handle?



Ayesha Williams is an art professional with over a decade of experience working with visual artists, presenting programs, and generating funding for both commercial galleries and nonprofit institutions. From 2010-2016, Ayesha managed Visual Arts at Lincoln Center, a comprehensive program that provides visual art offerings and experiences to Lincoln Center’s audiences and supporters. Prior to joining Lincoln Center, Ayesha was the Director of Kent Gallery. In addition to her professional experience, Ayesha is on the board of The Possibility Project and also serves as a Steering Committee member of the UN Women’s Conference 2016. Ayesha received her Master’s degree in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of Southern California, Los Angeles. 


Meet Alicia Grullón, Artist Catalyst

March 7, 2016

Meet Alicia Grullón, Artist Catalyst working with The LP on the Kelly Street Initiative. Read our interview below to find out more about Alicia.


How did you get connected with The LP?

I have known about LP since 2010. At that time The LP and I were fellows with A Blade of Grass. Needless to say, I have been a long time admirer of The LP, its artists in residence, and the concept of making art with community in local laundromats. It’s all about the love!


Do you have your own creative practice? If so, tell us more!

I am an interdisciplinary artist wanting to re-write history. I interrupt traditional dialogues in order to show a perspective closer to that lived by people. I draw from intersectional feminist and critical race theories, activism, location and space to develop performances, video, socially engaged projects, and works on paper.


Please tell us about an artist, curator, activist, or project that has inspired you.

There are too many to list! Tania Brugeria has long been an inspiration for me especially her project with the Queens Museum, “Immigrant Movement International”. It’s most successful aspect is that it is now running on its own- independent of the artist yet faithful to its original mission.


What is your favorite… dessert?

Arroz con dulce and quince tart


NYC-themed film?

“All about Eve” (1950), “Brother from Another Planet” (1984) and “Jacob’s Ladder” (1990).


Book about art or social practice?

“English is Broken Here” by Coco Fusco



“Purple Rain” by Prince.


…thing about your neighborhood?

My neighbors always saying good morning and putting lost gloves on the school fence for people to find.


In your opinion, why does art matter?

Art matters because it allows very complex issues to be accessible. It provokes questions and dialogue in whatever form it comes in regardless of its being deemed successful or not. It is forever evolving because it documents the human experience in ways that are intimate, public, and ephemeral.


What are your dreams / ambitions for The LP?

My ambitions for The LP are to continue cultivating its mission to build community through art and practicing its 7 values. This is an interesting moment in art where its purpose is being re-evaluatated as well as its impact. I think that looking back at this period from the future, The LP will be a key player in affecting just how much art organizations will have changed and progressed.


Alicia Grullón is an artist and Artist Catalyst with The Laundromat Project’s Kelly Street Initiative. A Bronx native, she explores encounters between people and how these encounters are locations where issues of race, class, gender, and activism open up. She creates interdisciplinary, often performative work, that transforms how community and history are experienced. She has been widely-exhibited, having presented work for El Museo del Barrio, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Creative Time, Open Engagement, School of Visual Arts and the Royal College of Art. She holds a BFA from New York University and an MFA from SUNY New Paltz. She is presently serving as the Altman Foundation Fellow at Columbia University’s Wallach Gallery.