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Meet our 2018 Create Change Artists

We are excited to announce the participants in our 2018 Create Change program, designed to engage, educate, and empower artists. These diverse, creative practitioners represent the change agents embedded within our New York City neighborhoods.



For a second year, The LP will focus on the theme of sanctuary. Each participant is uniquely positioned to reimagine the role of arts and culture in addressing questions related to sanctuary as both a place and idea. Among the topics we will explore during this Create Change season are: How do we co-create and support safety and wellbeing in our communities? How do we incorporate sanctuary as part of a creative practice?


Over the course of six months to one year, five Artists-in-Residence will develop creative projects as sites for community engagement. Each resident artist will make use of the unique location (e.g., a public plaza, a community garden, a library, etc.) and work with their neighbors to address shared concerns. In addition, through The LP’s specialized six-month training series, 15 Fellows will develop, deepen, and put into practice, strategies for making community-engaged art.


The cohort was selected by the 2018 Artist & Community Council: Larry Ossei-Mensah, Independent Curator; Nico Wheadon, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Ola Ronke Akinmowo, Artist and Create Change Alumna; Ron Kavanaugh, Literary Freedom Project; and Sajata Epps, Artist.


Artists’ Projects



Artist Fellows

Zain Alam

Mattie Brice

Pelenakeke (Keke) Brown

Jasmine Cintron

Amanda Everich

Ashleigh Goh Hua

Malanya Graham

Lee Jimenez

Rebecca Kelly-Golfman

Arielle Knight

Nadine Nelson

Dionis Ortiz

Jaime Sunwoo

Cievel Xicohtencatl

Yidan Zeng


The Create Change program is made possible in part through the generosity of The Andrew Mellon Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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