Create Change is our artist development program, designed to connect communities and artists in meaningful ways. We envision building a corps of artists inspired and equipped to work alongside everyday folks in creative endeavors right where they live. Over the long-term, we intend to foster and support artist-leaders who are empowered by, committed to, and fully conversant in community-attuned art practices.
…we are each other’s harvest:
we are each other’s business:
we are each other’s magnitude and bond.
– Gwendolyn Brooks
The Laundromat Project commits to practicing abundance as a pathway to imagining more for ourselves and our communities. Claiming abundance is a personal and political commitment, especially for communities of color in this historical moment. From a place of self-determination and care, the Create Change program is an invitation to show up as each other’s harvest, business, magnitude, and bond.
As the theme of our 2020 program, we will collectively explore: What does it mean to make art and build community with abundance as a foundation? What does change look like if we are all invested in the advancement of POC artists and communities? How can we cultivate the resources, knowledge, and relationships needed for our communities to thrive? In other words, we believe creative visions, ideas, and actions can fuel new ways of making positive change in the world.
We are looking for artists, cultural producers, and makers of all creative disciplines, backgrounds, and experiences to practice abundance through the co-creation of community-based art projects in NYC.
The Laundromat Project offers its Create Change Fellowship program to artists and cultural producers who are interested in developing or deepening a collaborative, community-based, and socially-engaged creative practice. The Fellowship is philosophically grounded in rigorous theory and the practice of art making, power analysis, and individual and collective transformation. As a POC-centered organization, our perspective is deeply informed by and embedded in the voices, cultures, histories, perspectives, and leadership of people and communities of color.
Create Change Artist-in-Residence Program
The Laundromat Project’s flagship Create Change Artist-in-Residence program supports the development of a participatory and community-attuned creative project by artists working within their community. Projects may take place anywhere in the five boroughs, across various community sites, from laundromats and urban gardens to playgrounds and community centers. The residency is a year-long program that runs from January to December.