We are excited to announce the participants in our 2019 Create Change program, designed to engage, educate, and advance artists. These diverse, creative practitioners are change agents embedded within our New York City neighborhoods. Building on learnings drawn from our two-year exploration of the theme of sanctuary, this year the cohort will investigate the theme of abundance as a pathway to imagine more for ourselves and our communities. Our creative visions, ideas, and actions can fuel new ways of making positive change in the world. Through abundance, we know that we are many, we are more than enough, and that our communities encompass everything we need to work towards an equitable future.
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/collective 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 and celebrated six-month training series, 12 Fellows will develop, deepen, and put into practice, strategies for making community-engaged art. This year’s Fellowship will center its activities within one anchor neighborhood – the Hunts Point / Longwood area of the South Bronx. Through the theme of abundance, Fellows will work on proposals for local cultural resources that center the voices and histories of long term residents, small business owners, youth, activists, cultural institutions, and artists throughout the neighborhood.
The cohort was selected by the 2019 Artist & Community Council: Leslie Jimenez, Artist and Create Change Alumna; Coco June, Director, Yon Vilaj; Geoffrey Jackson Scott, Co-Founder, and Creative Director, PEOPLMOVR; Mario Torres, Bronx Museum AIM Program; and Ilk Yasha, Studio Museum Institute Coordinator
Chinatown Arts Brigade | Here to Stay: Housing for the People Mapping Project
Seyi Adebanjo | Afromystic Experimental Project
Ariana Faye Allensworth | Staying Power: A Youth Participatory Action Research Project
Bianca Mońa | An Oral History Investigation of Abundance
Jeviijoe Vitug | The Tunnel Mobile Karaoke
Jessica Kerubo Angima | Meditation and Writing
Allison Arteaga | Drawing, Photography, Digital Design
Ann Bennett | Filmmaker
Lionel Cruet | Sound and Audio-Visual Installations
Tasha Douge | Radio, Curation, Mixed Media
Josiah Valle Ellis | Painting, Sculpture, Film, Poetry
Shaniece Frank | Writing, Comic Books
Jennifer Jones | Printmaking, Ceramics, Photography
Ari Melenciano | Speculative Design, Experimental Pedagogy, Spatial Computing
Siyona Ravi | Film, Writing
Karla Robinson | Poetry, Participatory Public Altar Installations
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong | Sculpture, Architecture, Site-Specific Interventions, Digital Drawing
The Create Change program is made possible in part through the generosity of The Andrew Mellon Foundation, Berk Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts.