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Create Change Fellowship

Overview

The Laundromat Project offers its Create Change Fellowship program for artists and creative individuals who may or may not have experience with community-based projects and are interested in developing or deepening collaborative and socially-engaged creative practice. Fellows need to be from one of the five boroughs to attend all program activities between April and October.

The Fellowship is a six-month series of workshops and programs that is meant to be an effective, affordable, and intensive training for artists interested in local, community centered, civic actions. Throughout the program, Fellows meet with a diverse roster of artists, activists, arts professionals, curators, funders, and change agents offering strategies for creating and sustaining work at the  intersection of the arts and social change sectors. As the Create Change Fellowship champions a practice-base model, the program culminates in site-specific team projects by Fellows through partnerships established across select anchor neighborhoods. This opportunity is open to artists, activists, and neighbors at all stages of their creative practices and disciplines.

We are the leaders we’ve been looking for.

– Grace Lee Boggs

The Laundromat Project is building our 2019 Create Change artist development program around the theme: Abundance. We are looking for artists, cultural producers, and makers of all creative disciplines, backgrounds, and experience levels to explore abundance through community-based art projects across NYC.

Author, social activist, philosopher, and feminist Grace Lee Boggs asks: With People of Color becoming the new American majority in many parts of the country, how are we going to create a new vision for this country? This year at The LP, we are delving into 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. The Create Change program is an invitation to learn within a diverse, talented, passionate, and knowledgeable LP community striving to build collective spaces which invite new possibilities.

Up to 12 Create Change Fellows from across New York City’s five boroughs, will be selected to participate in the 2019 program. 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. Working  in small groups, fellows will engage models of cultural asset mapping. Addressing where and how does culture take shape in 2019? How are aesthetics produced and in what ways do they evolve? What role does the commons play amidst rapid urban change and how are neighbors reshaping what it means to belong to a city, a neighborhood, or a block?

Together, we hope to learn and contribute to the complex makings of cultural art production and civic engagement in the South Bronx. At the culmination of the program, fellows will activate   local cultural resources through community exchange, cooperation, and zeroing in on our commitment towards valuing place.

Open Call

The 2019 Open Call cycle is now closed. More details on the 2020 cycle will become available in the Fall. 

Application 

Application Launch
February 1, 2019

Applications Are Due
February 24, 2019 | 11:59pm EST

Info Sessions

Webinar Info Session
February 11, 2019 | 6 – 7:30pm EST

Bronx Info Session
February 13, 2019 | 6:30 – 8pm EST

The in-person interview date for shortlisted Fellowship applicants is Saturday, March 16. Shortlisted applicants will be notified on March 8. 

Program Schedule

The Fellowship runs from April through October. Participation in the program requires a significant time commitment of roughly 200 hours, including attendance and participation in the following:

  • A one-day orientation
  • Five training workshops
  • One open studio site visit with Create Change Residents
  • A professional development “Doctor’s Hours" session
  • Five check-in meetings with LP staff and program advisors​
  • Planning meetings with your team and community partners (as needed)
  • Three potluck dinners
  • Three LP public programs
  • Attendance at select community board meetings within anchor neighborhood
  • Final presentation of a community-based / socially-engaged project
  • Graduation + exit evaluation session
  • The LP’s Annual Public Art Community Dinner

ELIGIBILITY

To participate in this program, one should:

  • Have a creative practice that demonstrates a record of artistic excellence in their work samples and resume
  • Demonstrate an interest in (or already) making socially and community engaged art
  • Live close enough to New York City to attend and commit to all required program activities
  • Be interested in actively engaging community members in all aspects of their creative process
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be familiar with the local issues impacting their neighborhood(s)
  • Be able to spend 50 hours attending Fellowship workshops and completing related assignments
  • Be comfortable with collaborating and working within a group
  • Be able to spend at least 150 hours over 6 months working independently and with other Create Change artists on related group projects

Program Cost

For the third year, the Create Change Fellowship is offered FREE of charge, thanks to the generosity of the Andy Warhol Foundation. However, participants will be required to put down a refundable deposit of $100 that will be returned after successful completion of the program (successful participation amounts to at least participating in 90% of all program activities, including workshops, open studios, group projects, and planning meetings, among other activities).

FAQs

Not necessarily. We realize that traditional models of formal training for visual artists (be they based in universities or facilitated through residencies emphasizing individual aesthetic and/or professional development) quite often do not fully prepare them to work with and in a community in a sustained or even substantive way.

As our flagship program, Create Change was created to offer artists an opportunity to deepen or develop a public art practice that graduates from a model of placing static art objects in public spaces to one that emphasizes the ways art and artists can serve as catalysts for social action and relationship building (not just contemplation).

We realize that some artists may not identify as community-based artists or social practitioners, but are curious about making work in this way. We created the Professional Development Fellowship to provide a space where artists can build on their approaches to community-based art making and explore various approaches to collaborative art making.

Artists working in any art form are eligible to apply as long as they are interested in community-based art making. No matter the accepted applicants’ medium, Fellows will work together to develop a community-based, socially-relevant and socially-engaged project.

The Create Change Fellowship is not a typical series of professional development workshops. Some of the topics and themes covered every year include: cultural organizing and community organizing, building local partnerships, deep listening skills, policy approaches for artists, sustaining one’s practice, and communication strategies. Our workshops are led by experts from the arts, community organizing, policy, and other related fields. We also believe in the tenets of popular education and draw from the immense and diverse knowledge of the Fellows themselves, whenever possible.

This Fellowship also allows artists to learn by doing while creating a project collaboratively with other Fellows and community members. This powerful and experiential form of learning is central to The LP’s mission and core values, which we imbue in all of our programs.

Besides concrete skills and experiential learning opportunities, one of the greatest benefits we offer our artists is a network of like-minded practitioners making socially engaged and relevant art across mediums. The LP’s rich network includes local and national peers, activists, arts professionals, curators, funders, and change agents and over 50 Create Change alumni living and working in New York’s five boroughs and nearby cities like Jersey City, Yonkers and Philadelphia. Upon completion of this program, all Fellows receive a certificate and become eligible for exclusive alumni opportunities, such as LP grants and commissions for future creative projects.

As a community-based program we recognize that there are many accomplished artists who do not identify themselves as “professional artists” and/or do not earn their living solely from art-making. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate that they have a record of relevant artistic experience; a solid creative practice; and analytical thinking skills to offer to workshop discussions.

Fellows will spend roughly 50 hours participating in professional development trainings, workshops, and discussions, but should plan to spend roughly 150 hours attending potluck salons, planning group project, and meeting with neighbors, community-based organizations and businesses in The LP’s anchor neighborhoods.

Yes, you are eligible to apply so long as you are able to commit to participate in all Fellowship activities. Fellows are expected to commit approximately 200 hours over 6 months to participate in this program.

All Create Change Fellowship projects this year will take place in the Hunts Point / Longwood community in the South Bronx. Fellows will engage directly with community residents and partners at the Kelly Street Collaborative Space, our creative community hub in partnership with Workforce Housing Group, Kelly Street Garden, and Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association.

For the past four years, The LP has transformed a 2 bedroom-apartment on Kelly Street into a thriving creative community hub, with artist studios, arts programming, and community partnerships. The Hunts Point / Longwood Fellows will have access to space, located at The Kelly Street Collaborative Space, to work from and possibilities to engage the larger Kelly Street community with LP staff support.

Guidelines

Learn more about the 2019 Open Call and program guidelines. 

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