The Laundromat Project offers up to 5 artists projects a six-month residency program for artists interested in developing and mounting a socially-engaged, socially-relevant, and participatory public art project in their local laundromat and/or other community public spaces. The residency is open to artists of color living in or deeply invested in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, and Hunts Point / Longwood.* As our flagship program, the Residency runs from April to October and requires a significant time commitment. Residents should expect to spend as much time building relationships with their neighbors and local community organizations to realize their project as well as producing their projects, which will be sited at their local laundromat and/or community space.
Residents should also expect to attend the following:
- A pre-season planning meeting
- A one-day orientation
- Eight workshops, trainings, and discussions
- Three residency project site visits
- Three potluck dinners
- One “Doctor’s” hours professional individualized consultation
- Four to Five check-in meetings
- Presentation of your residency project / open studio at one of three of The LP’s Field Day Festivals
- Attendance at other LP Field Days
- Neighborhood Community Board and Partner meetings
- The LP’s Annual Public Art Potluck
- Final Evaluation Session
- Blog posts and guest contributions on The LP’s blog Spin Cycle
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Similar to the Fellowship program, the Create Change Residency is intended to move artists from a conventional public art model of simply placing static art objects in public spaces to one that emphasizes the ways art and artists can serve as catalysts for social action, problem-solving, and relationship building in their own communities.
Residents should expect to commit the time and attention to developing and presenting their Laundromat and/or Community space based project, participating in some of the Fellowship program’s workshops, potluck dinners, and Field Day. Residents should expect to spend at least 300 hours over 6 months working on their Laundromat/Community space based project.
*All Create Change Residency projects taking place in Hunts Point / Longwood should be community responsive and engage directly with community residents 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 2 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 artist-in-residence will have access to studio space, located at The Kelly Street Collaborative Space, to work from and possibilities to engage the larger Kelly Street community with LP staff support.