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Meet our 2017 Create Change Artists

Meet our 2017 Commissioned Artists, Fellows, and Artist-in-Residence.

20 multiracial, multigenerational, and multidisciplinary individuals selected to collectively develop and build eight community attuned and responsive creative projects in New York City neighborhoods.



With much excitement, we are pleased to announce our 2017 Create Change, artist development program cohort. This multiracial, multigenerational, and multidisciplinary group of artists, organizers, cultural producers, and makers of all disciplines represent the creative change agents embedded within our New York City neighborhoods. Over the next six months, the 20 individuals selected will collectively develop and build eight community attuned and responsive creative projects. Each cohort member and group will make use of the unique social space of their location (i.e. a public plaza, community garden, and other local spaces) and engage their neighbors while reflecting shared community concerns. The program will culminate in The LP’s annual fall Field Day Festival of Neighborhoods.


For the first time in the decade-long history of the Create Change program, all projects are anchored in a distinct theme: Sanctuary. The concept of “sanctuary” and the related movement has evolved and expanded considerably over time. We can now look beyond houses of worship, college campuses, and cities as the main providers of “sanctuary” or places of refuge. This season, Create Change will serve as an incubator where radical thinkers and creators will work together with their neighbors to push our thinking of sanctuary further. How do we envision solidarity, justice, and joy for our BLM, Feminist, Immigrant, and LBGTQ+ communities? How do we make space—both physical and unbound—to fully express and celebrate the broad range, and beautiful depths of our identities. How do we support one another? Through sanctuary, we can build powerful, sustainable, safe, and equitable structures. Sanctuary can be the foundation for a new way of thinking, teaching, and being. It can transform society.


When discussing this new direction, The LP Executive Director Kemi Ilesanmi shared, “The theme of “sanctuary” organically rose to the top as something that resonates at this moment for the community of artists that we serve, and by extension, the communities that we serve with them. What does it look like to build spaces of refuge together as a creative community? How can we create spaces in which to turn to each other for strength, resources, and affirmation?”


Our 2017 cohort was selected by the 2017 Artist Council: 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, Independent Curator, The 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, The Bronx.



Artists’ Projects (Commissions & Residency)



Artist Fellows

Stephanie Alvarado

Nikomeh Anderson

Goussy Celéstin

Abby Dobson

Hannah Ezzell

Kearra Gopee

Emilio Martinez Poppe

Ron Morrison

Alejandra Nasser

Alethea Pace

Makeba Rainey

Ingrid Romero

Elizabeth Rossi

Nayo Sasaki-Picou

Candace Williams


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