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Meet Alix Camacho Vargas, Programs Intern

June 19, 2017

Get to know Alix Camacho Vargas, our Summer 2017 CUNY Cultural Corps Programs Intern:

 

So, what made you decide to intern with The LP? How does the internship relate to your studies?

I decided to intern with The LP because it is an ideal place to keep learning about the potential of art to influence social transformations. I was motivated by The LP’s intention to connect art and everyday life while strengthening communities and building social relationships.

 

I hold a bachelor’s degree in art, a specialization in art and education, and an MFA with a concentration in social practice. In other words, I have an academic background that helps me to think about art from an interdisciplinary perspective. Therefore, I consider the LP relates to my studies given that it expands both notions and bounds of art. This project opens the spectrum regarding the place that art can occupy in society.

 

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

Yes, I do. My creative practice involves both collaborative and individual processes. Those processes are mostly research-based and understand art as an interdisciplinary form to explore and experiment around particular questions. Right now, I am working about people together in a same physical space. I am curious about elements such as time, distance, height, and body proximity that are part of those spaces. I design games, instructions, diagrams, and other works looking to produce experiences for the public. I create situations for participants noticing other elements that are also part of our daily social interactions.

 

Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?

Chemi Rosado Seijo’s work has inspired me. Particularly, his projects El Cerro in Naranjito and the Bowl in La Perla, Puerto Rico. I met Chemi and his work in 2012, while I was doing a program called “La Práctica ” in Beta Local, a space that also has influenced me a lot. What inspired me most about his projects is that the community understands them as own. Participants get involved in all stages of the process, thinking, making, using the spaces. I admire the way Chemi connects with people and strengthens community bonds through his art.

 

What is your favorite… film?

My favorite movie Playtime by Jacques Tati.

 

 

Where do you do your laundry?

I do my laundry at “Do Re Mi Laundromat” in Elmhurst, Queens.
 

In your opinion, why does art matter?

Art enables humanity to experience the world in other forms. It brings images, ideas, and situations that won’t be possible if is not because they are understood as art. Art is a space where it is possible to think critically while imagining and building other ways of living.
 

Alix Camacho is an interdisciplinary artists. She holds an MFA in Social Practice from CUNY, Queens College. Through her practice, she addresses the relationship between art, everyday life, and social change. Find out more about her at www.alixcamacho.laveneno.org.

 




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The Laundromat Project at Clifford Chance

May 28, 2017

As part of Clifford Chance Law Firm’s long-time commitment to supporting the arts and the community, the Black and Latino Subcommittee of the Firm’s Diversity Committee invited The LP to exhibit works at their office related to our ongoing programming at the Kelly Street Collaborative. 30 works have been on view in the Firm’s offices in New York City from March-May 31, 2017.

 

Organized by the Firm’s curator, Jacob Robichaux, the three-month exhibition includes three projects: documentation photographs and three mixed-media collaborative portraits made by youth working in the Neighborhood Print Lab program; paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper by 2016 Kelly Street Artist-in-Residence Dennis RedMoon Darkeem; and a group of photographic portraits with accompanying poems from the Story Block series, created by 2014 LP Commissions artists Sasha Phyars-Burgess and Alison Kibbe.

 

We are honored to be featured by the Firm, particularly given their dedicated commitment to promoting diversity, and fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment.

 

The exhibition is on view at Clifford Chance’s New York office, through May 31, 2017.

 

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Meet Chimere Ward, SOAPBOX Collaborator

May 26, 2017

Chimere Ward is the Owner of Clean Plate Co., which is providing the catering for our SOAPBOX 2017 benefit. Read more about her work as a caterer, what inspires her, and look forward to some yummy bites on May 31:

What is your bio in six words or less?

The Chimera of Food Business Development

 

What flavors and cuisines are you inspired by, or what are your favorite flavors and types of cuisine?

I’m a born & raised New Yorker w/ Caribbean & Southern backgrounds. So I love comfort food, diversity & bright flavors. I attribute all of my recipes to my childhood in NYC & also traveling abroad w/ my family, learning about our history.

 

Who are you are in community with?

I’m currently a member of HBK Incubates, Start Small Think Big, Camp Campbell, Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Harlem Park 2 Park, & SheChef Inc. I’m also government certified.

Can you tell us about your relationship with your neighborhood and how it may have shifted over the years?

I’m in awe of the progress Harlem has made within the past few years. I’m also excited to grow along with it. I used to hang out in Harlem during my high school years. Although I may not have paid much attention to Harlem’s economic status at the time, I do remember the complex state of the community. Since then, there’s now so many ways to develop an actual small business & receive tremendous local support!

 

How did you get started as a caterer?

I got laid off, while I was expecting my first child. I was also a newlywed. My husband & I began to think of ways to capitalize on having time as a stay-at-home mom with a new passion for cooking. Trying new recipes, shopping at farmers markets, & traveling somehow sparked a business sense. Free workshops & family support gave me confidence. Once I began a foundation w/ licenses & permits, market vending & intimate catering came about. each step leads to another. It’s amazing how far determination takes you.

 

What is the most memorable meal you’ve experienced or catered?

We hosted a series of intimate tasting events, at the Silver Towers. I would freestyle a luxurious menu & cocktails, selling tickets to the public. These pop-up menu items were the best tasting, best photographed dishes, I’ve never tried before. I surprised myself! I actually felt like I was making the right choice going into this business.

 

What excites you most about SOAPBOX 2017 and The Laundromat Project?

I’m excited for the guests! It’s a great event & I’m sure everyone will have a fantastic time. I’ll have an even better time preparing the food.

 

Free-association—tell us the first word that comes to mind:

Art

Food

 

Food

Art

 

Bodega

Corner

 

Culture

Enrichment

 

Laundromat

Soap

 

Neighborhood

Neighbors

 

Love

Passion

 

Home

Family

 

Self-Determination

Success

 

Party

Fun

Chimere Ward was born & raised in New York City and is the owner of Clean Plate Co. Growing up within half Caribbean -American & half Southern cultural traditions, early exposure to comforting fare & entertaining influenced her to delve into entrepreneurship, after getting laid off whilst beginning her own family. With just a couple of years out of college, married & expecting, she gained more interest in the importance of vitality in foods. Chimere happily ditched the unhealthy habits she became used to as a student.

 

In 2009, Chimere sought volunteer work centered around the city’s ever growing healthy eating movement. Working with Food Bank of New York’s Cookshop program & Kitchen Pantry, raising money for No Kid Hungry & selling baked goods, propelled a keen business sense. Her passion was then paired with dedication in bringing awareness to her community by sharing information on food & health. With assistance from her husband, Norbert Ward, the essence of family & love is the secret ingredient to every delicious dish from Clean Clean Plate Co.