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Announcing the 2020
Create Change Cohort

New York City (January 27, 2020) –– The Laundromat Project is pleased to announce the cohort of diverse creative practitioners selected to participate in our 2020 Create Change artist development program. The cohort, comprised of 10 Fellows and 4 Artists-in-Residence, will collaborate with New York City communities to develop, deepen, and enact social change through creative projects. This year’s Create Change programming will investigate the theme of abundance through a series of theory-based workshops and practice-based creative community engagement processes.

Artists-in-Residence Ariana Faye Allensworth, Sydney Baloue, and Jaclyn Reyes in partnership with Xenia Diente, will each collaborate with a unique community in NYC and an array of local partners—including community-based organizations, neighborhood associations, and local businesses—to develop creative solutions to shared social issues. For the first time in 2020, the Residency will be a year-long program, and each project will receive up to $20,000 in support. 

Create Change Fellows will develop and practice strategies for making community-engaged art over a rigorous six month period. Through the theme of abundance, Fellows will work on proposals to amplify local cultural resources in NYC neighborhoods that center the voices and histories of long term residents, small business owners, youth, activists, cultural institutions, and artists in their assigned community. 

The cohort was selected by the 2020 Artist & Community Council: Novella Ford, Manager for Public Programs, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Emma Osore, Director of Community, NEW INC; artist Tattfoo Tan (LP alum); and Lauren Zelaya, Director of Public Programs, Brooklyn Museum.

Click here to meet the artists.



Staying Power: A Participatory Storytelling Project
New York City, various locations

Expanding and building upon a project begun as a 2019 Create Change Artist-in-Residence, Ariana Faye Allensworth will continue to work with New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents to document and archive their lived experiences. The project aims to preserve and fortify resident-centered stories and shift narratives around public housing.

Icons, Legends, Statements, and Stars
New York City, various locations

Ballroom performer and storyteller Sydney Baloue will collaborate with intergenerational members of the New York City ballroom community to create a series of community-building events and a living oral history archive of this Black, Latino, LGBTQ culture.

JACLYN REYES in partnership with XENIA DIENTE
Little Manila Queens: Bayanihan Public Art Festival
Woodside, Queens

Artists Jaclyn Reyes and Xenia Diente will create a series of community conversations and a public art festival celebrating the Filipino diaspora in Woodside, Queens, in collaboration with local artists and business owners.

Sariyah Benoit, The Bronx
Sackona Fitts, The Bronx
Laura Bustillos Jáquez, Manhattan
Terry Marshall, Brooklyn
Simone?! Satchell, Queens
Aisha Shillingford, Brooklyn
Rochelle Jamila Wilbun, Brooklyn
Selamawit Worku, Brooklyn
Kayva Yang, Brooklyn  
Gisela Zuniga, Brooklyn


Established in 2006, The LP’s flagship Create Change Residency program has evolved into a leading artist development model that builds and nourishes creative community leaders. Through the residency, The LP supports three innovative socially engaged creative endeavors across NYC annually. Create Change resident artists develop community-responsive projects that make use of the unique social space of their location. The use of the laundromat as a place for engagement has expanded over time, serving as a metaphor for a defacto community space where neighbors organically engage with one another. The LP’s programming has evolved to take place in locations such as public plazas, community gardens, sidewalks, local museums, public housing, and more.

In 2011, in response to participant feedback, The LP established the Create Change Fellowship to train artists who are newer to a socially engaged creative practice. Each year, the Fellowship provides a select group of diverse creative practitioners with 120+ hours of a combination of workshops (theory) and arts-based community engagement processes (practice), aimed to help them develop, deepen, and enact a community engaged creative practice.

Over the past 14 years, The LP has supported neary 160 artists. Alumni of the program include: Tomie Arai, Raul Ayala, Chloë Bass, Aisha Cousins, LaTasha Diggs, Fernanda Espinosa, Rachel Falcone, Sukjong Hong, Rasu Jilani, Shani Peters, Michael Premo, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Betty Yu. The LP aims to foster and support creative community leaders who are empowered by, committed to, and fully conversant in community-attuned art practices.


The Create Change program is made possible in part by our Catalyst Circle members; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation; Ford Foundation; Jerome Foundation; Lambent Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image: Left to right (top row): Ariana Faye Allensworth, Sydney Baloue, Sariyah Benoit, Sackona Fitts, Xenia Diente. Middle: Laura Bustillos Jáquez, Terry Marshall, Jaclyn Reyes, Simone?! Satchell, Aisha Shillingford. Bottom row:  Rochelle Jamila Wilbun, Selamawit Worku, Kayva Yang, Gisela Zuniga. Photos courtesy the artists.

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