Each year, our artist development program, Create Change, supports 15 to 20 artists developing their socially engaged creative practice through our Fellowship, Residency, and Commissions program. In 2012, we began asking our Create Change artists to pair up for Creative Conversations: open-ended creative exchanges to be published on our blog. Read on to meet our Create Change alumni.
Claro de los Reyes and Shani Peters
In early September 2013 we, Shani and Claro, met for a Creative Conversation. We walked and talked around the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and spent time at The High Line park where we spoke informally about the relationship of our artistic practice and how it relates to our personal histories and New York and to “home” and travel and our dreams and other ideas not fully formed just yet. We felt it important to speak through a medium that we would enjoy making and interacting with. These three images reflect our discoveries of each other and ourselves.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Shani Peters is a New York based artist working in video, printmaking, and public projects. She has worked with The Laundromat Project as a Teaching Artist, Soapbox contributor, and most recently as a Create Change Public-Artist-in-Residence. Visit her project page, The People’s Laundromat Theater.
Claro de los Reyes is a theatre & film artist; and an arts-based educator interested in community collaboration and the honoring of local cultures & heritage. As an actor he has performed Off-Broadway and his short films have screened at venues including the Anthology Film Archives.