“Since its founding in 2005, the Laundromat Project has funded more than 80 public art projects across New York, through residencies and grants for a growing roster of 200-plus artists. These include storytelling workshops conducted by Betty Yu out of a coin wash in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, where the artist grew up, and an outdoor living room for conversations on community safety, led by artist Ro Garrido, in Jackson Heights, Queens.
The impact of these unifying efforts can be traced through dozens of neighborhoods citywide. But it is in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn where the arts non-profit has its deepest roots and connections, and where it has been building a new home and an alternative vision of an art space.
In 2020, it signed a 10-year lease on a storefront on bustling Fulton Street, gathering all its operations at one site for the first time since the project’s foundation. The space—purposefully not a gallery—is in a historically Black neighborhood, emphasizing the staff’s commitment to programming that is responsive to the community, particularly for Black residents and other people of color.”