The Create Change Fellowship program is for artists and cultural producers who are 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.
The 2023 Create Change Fellowship Open Call is now closed.
Thank you for your applications!
The Create Change program is shaped around three learning blocks:
What role does art, culture, and creativity play in making meaning, shifting narratives, and creating change in the world? Participants examine a range of artworks across the fields of social practice and creative placemaking that align with The LP’s approaches to cultural asset mapping and leadership development.
The Create Change Fellowship program is for artists and cultural producers who are 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. The 2023 Create Change Fellowship is a six-month incubator that gives participants the tools to develop, workshop, and generate project ideas incorporating The LP’s values and community-based methodology. The program requires a significant time commitment as Fellows will design community-engaged programs within Bed-Stuy. The program offers a $1000 honorarium and a production budget for programming. Up to 12 Fellows will be selected from across New York City to participate in the 2023 program. We value applications with diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and expertise, while encouraging age diversity, multilingual folks, and practitioners without formal instruction to apply.
The 2023 Fellowship program will run from January through June. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $1000 for their participation in the program. The program schedule includes the following:
- Six workshops
- Coaching sessions on cultural organizing
- Opportunity to develop a collaborative public program
- A culminating final presentation
- Access to weekly office-hours with LP program staff
Residency Interview Panel
August 23 | 5:00pm EST
October 28 + 29
Learn more about the Create Change program and the selection process from LP staff by participating in the info session on August 23 at 5:00pm. The session will be hosted via Zoom. To join the info session, please submit this form to register. A recording of the session will be available for all to reference on our website.
Selection Process Overview
LP staff will review all applications and select a shortlist. This shortlist will be reviewed by our Artist and Community Council.
SHORTLIST RESIDENCY INTERVIEW PANELS
Shortlisted residency applicants will be interviewed by LP Staff and our Artist and Community Council. We will convene via Zoom conference to conduct the interview panels. Residency candidates will be interviewed on October 28 + 29.
SHORTLIST FELLOWSHIP APPLICANTS
Fellowship candidates will be asked to submit additional materials as part of the second round process. There is no interview panel for the Fellowship program.
Ideal candidates have some experience with developing collaborative or community-based projects. They are in alignment with LP values and have the experience or capacity to contribute to a collaborative learning environment. We value applications with diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and expertise, while encouraging age diversity, multilingual folks, and practitioners without formal arts-education to apply.
Eligible Fellow Candidates:
- Are at least 21 years of age
- Are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program
- Are committed to working collaboratively with their cohort members
- Are in alignment with The LP’s values and POC-centered principles
- Demonstrate a practice or deep interest in socially and community engaged art
- Are familiar with the cultural history and local issues impacting communities of color
- Lives in one of the five NYC boroughs
I do not identify as a community based artist or one that incorporates social practice within my work. Am I eligible for the program?
Yes, you are eligible. We know 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. 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 Fellowship program to provide a space where artists can build on their approaches to community based art making.