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Claro de los Reyes and Rasu Jilani in Creative Conversation

December 22, 2015

2015 Create Change Commissioned artists Claro de los Reyes (My Baryo, My Borough: Oral History Project) and Rasu Jilani (Griots in ‘The Stuy’) break bread to reflect on their commissioned projects, and share their motivations and influences as artists, and muse on larger themes that inform their work.






ClaroClaro de los Reyes is a Brooklyn-based theatre artist and filmmaker who uses art-making to further community building, cross-cultural exchange, and the honoring of local cultures & heritage. His artistic practice spans from performing on Off-Broadway stages to making theatre & film alongside community members in the NY area, the Philippines, and Rwanda. He is also a proud NYC arts-based educator who serves various companies including the Apollo Theater Education, the Filipino School of NY & NJ, and CUNY Creative Arts Team. Click here to read The LP interview with Claro.



Rasu Jilani is an independent curator, social sculptor and entrepreneur whose work investigates the intersection between art, culture and civic engagement as a means of raising critical consciousness. The objective of his work is to catalyze interaction between artists, the local community and the wider public, in order to promote awareness around social issues through exhibitions, humanities, community programs and cultural events. Click here to read The LP interview with Rasu.


Kristy McCarthy and Sasha Phyars-Burgess in Creative Conversation

November 19, 2015

In this Creative Conversation, Kristy and Sasha discussed their creative practices by delving into their early histories and how creativity has always been a source for exploration in their lives.


They submitted their conversation in the form of an audio file.




KristyKristy McCarthy is a self-taught artist, hair braider, and community organizer with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish Literature. She has combined her passions for culture, travel, and art by organizing community art projects in Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, and New York City. Her work centers around themes of human interconnectedness, nature, and the exploitation of developing nations. Click here to read our interview with Kristy.


Phyars_Burgess_SashaSasha Phyars Burgess is a photographer from Pennsylvania working to question how groups and communities of color are represented. She was a 2012 Tierney Fellow and is a current Time Exchange Resident. She graduated from Bard College. Read more about her Create Change project Storyblock here, and click here to read The LP interview with Sasha.