The Create Change Residency program supports the development of participatory and community-attuned creative projects by artists of color working within their communities. Projects may take place anywhere in the five boroughs either in person or virtually, 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.
The 2023 Create Change Residency 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.
How can art and cultural practices build trust and accountability with communities? Participants will explore approaches to fostering attunement with community rhythms, building reciprocal partnerships, and the art of meeting people where they are.
Understanding the power that exists within ourselves and our communities, how do we creatively leverage power for equity and positive societal change? Participants will explore personal and collective relationships to race, power, and privilege in order to facilitate social transformation through their art and cultural practices.
The program requires a significant time commitment as Artists-in-Residence are expected to develop collaborative projects in-community through partnerships and engagement with neighbors, local stakeholders, and community organizations. The Residency offers a $15,000 honorarium and up to $10,000 in project production, a series of workshop sessions taken alongside the Create Change Fellows, monthly cohort coaching sessions, and professional development mentorship.
Special Note for 2023 Only: In accordance with generous funding from the New York Community Trusts Van Lier Fellowship, the three artist residency projects for 2023 must each include at least one artist between the ages of 21-30 years of age as of the start of the program in February 2023.
Up to 3 Create Change Artists-in-Residence will be selected to participate in the 2023 program. The program schedule includes the following:
- Six workshops
- Individual and group coaching sessions on cultural organizing
- Public open studios to feature each artists work
- Monthly meetings with LP program staff
- Studio sessions with leading curators, artists, activists, and scholars
- A mentor to support the development of your project and creative practice at large
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 experience with developing collaborative or community-based projects. They demonstrate an alignment with LP values, have a background in community organizing and outreach strategies, and are at a catalytic moment within their creative practices. 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 RESIDENCY CANDIDATES:
- Are in alignment with The LP’s values and POC-centered principles
- Are between 21 and 30 years of age
- Have a creative practice that demonstrates a record of public engagement in their creative practice
- Demonstrate an interest or practice in socially and community engaged art
- Live in one of the five NYC boroughs
- Are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program
- Are committed to co-creating a community art project
- Are familiar with the cultural history and local issues impacting the communities they are proposing to work with
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.