Fellows Final Activations & Presentations

Join us in celebrating the culmination of the 2024 Create Change Fellowship. Come witness the transformative power of art in fostering community connections and driving positive change at the Fellow Activations and Final Presentations. Mark your calendars for June 26 at 5:30pm EST when our Fellows Final presentations take center stage!

Fellows Activations

On June 15, our Fellows will unveil their thought-provoking public art activations throughout the Bed-Stuy neighborhood.

Date, Time, & Location

Saturday, June 15

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Annual KowTeff Juneteenth Celebration Restoration Plaza 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216

Painting Peace x Divine Times Collective

As publicity for the full activation on June 16, we will be passing out flyers for our Painting Peace event. This event will include mini workshops focusing on healing inner child work through natural paint making, conversation, art therapy and inner child meditation.

Participating Artists: Zulmilena Then, Kevyn Way, Ash Rucker

EM[BED]DED: A Community Archive Project x Brownstoners of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Inc.

Through a call for participants, our team will add to the collection of information and materials to develop a guided tour of Bed-Stuy happening later in June. This activation will be used to share details about the project and build interest for the upcoming tour date. We also expect to engage future collaborators to help sustain the project after launching.

Participating Artists: Florian Koenigsberger, Khalia Batts, Tiffany Smith

Stoops Speak: Brownstone Stories x Justice for 441 Willoughby

A rich legacy of culture, community, and collaboration resonate through the steps of our collective history. Generations of memories, as well as fresh new experiences, are drawn from the lives of the residents of Bedford Stuyvesant.

In partnership with a coalition of residents and neighbors from BedStuy organizing to create the Willoughby Hart Historic District, our LP team will be creating a series of graphics, stories, zines, poetry/performance pieces and support material that help the campaign energize and mobilize the greater BedStuy community as well as influence the Landmark Preservation Committee (LPC).

Participating Artists: Wema Ra, Nafisa Ferdous, Juan Pablo Caicedo Torres

Healing Our AfroFutures: Using Art and the Sacred Stories of our ForeMothers to Heal Ourselves, Our Ancestors and Generations to Come x Restoration Plaza x ARIAH Foundation

This activation will survey Bed-Stuy residents at the 13th Annual KowTeff Juneteenth Celebration to capture creative resources the community would like to see offered by the Restoration Plaza, which will support with the facilitation of future programming. Community members can also expect to participate in visual mapping and free portraits. The photographs and responses will be compiled into a community-sourced zine.

Participating Artists: Ziedah Diata, Jennella Young

About The Create Change Fellowship

The Create Change Fellowship program is for artists and cultural producers interested in developing and deepening a collaborative, community-based, and socially-engaged creative practice. The Fellowship is philosophically grounded in peer-learning around art making, power analysis, and community building.