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Fulton Street Window Commission

Overview

2021 Commission by Destiny Belgrave

ABOUT THE 1476 FULTON STREET WINDOW COMMISSION

The Laundromat Project’s Fulton Street Window Commission invites visual artists to propose an artwork for a one-year vinyl installation on the front street-level window of our community hub at 1476 Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy.

We seek proposals of 2D visual work that creatively use the street-facing window space to celebrate life in Bed-Stuy, Fulton Street, and our local community of neighbors and small businesses. The selected artist will be awarded $3,000 USD for their participation.

This year, The LP will support the commissioned artist by including them in the socially engaged art workshops of our Create Change program in the spring of 2023. The LP will also spotlight the commissioned artist’s work by publishing an interview on our website and producing print materials of the commissioned image to contribute to the artist’s portfolio.

The LP’s community engagement work centers the experience of Black, long term/generational residents in Bed-Stuy. Therefore, we will prioritize applications from those communities for this commission.

ABOUT THE LAUNDROMAT PROJECT

The Laundromat Project (The LP) is a Black-rooted and People of Color-centered, New York City arts organization dedicated to advancing artists and neighbors as change agents in their own communities. In 2020, we marked our 15th anniversary with a new home at 1476 Fulton Street in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

We are looking forward to the space serving as an arts and cultural community hub where we can grow, learn, adapt, and build long-term relationships of mutual support with neighbors, communities, and organizations. 

As an arts organization, we believe that art, creativity, and culture play an essential role in bringing people together to share stories and perspectives while also nurturing joy, celebration, and liberation. As we make a new home in Bed-Stuy, we aim to honor Bed-Stuy’s rich creative ecology, amplify cultural legacies, support local artists, neighbors, and uplift Bed-Stuy’s history as a Black diasporic neighborhood.

Specs & Key Dates

WINDOW COMMISSION QUICK SPECS

  • Artist Award: $3,000
  • Duration of Installation: 1 year
  • Window Dimensions: The window measures 7’ 6’’ wide x 10’ 7” high. Artwork is limited to 7’ wide x 4.5’ high to not block the sunlight
  • Installation: Vinyl production and installation costs will be covered by The LP

KEY DATES

Application opens: May 16, 2022
Application closes: June 14, 2022 at 11:59PM EDT
Artist notifications: July 2022 

 

Eligibility & Review Process

APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY

  • Applicants should complete the application form via Submittable, including an uploaded sketch of their proposed artwork. 
  • Proposed works should be site specific and responsive to the Bed-Stuy neighborhood
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age

REVIEW PROCESS

Applications are due on June 14 and will be reviewed by a panel of Laundromat Project staff. Finalists will be notified in July and offered a small stipend to provide a more detailed proposal of their artwork. The selected artist will be notified in early August. 

PRIORITY STATEMENT

Individuals (at least 18 years of age) living, working, or otherwise committed to and invested in Bed-Stuy are especially encouraged to apply. We value the creative legacies of Bed-Stuy and will prioritize Black artists from Bed-Stuy, long-term residents, or those who have significant investment in the community. You do not have to be currently living in Bed-Stuy to apply.

We position our community engaged funding as an opportunity to counter structural, systemic injustices in Bed-Stuy. Therefore, we will prioritize:

  • Proposals led by residents born and/or raised in Bed-Stuy, generational Bed-Stuy residents, and residents who have lived in Bed-Stuy for more than 10 years
  • Proposals led by individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous, Native and/or People of Color
  • Proposals led by individuals in the disability community, including immunocompromised individuals
  • Proposals led by individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+

FAQ

The application requires you to sketch a vision for proposed artwork. This means that you can submit a piece that is hand drawn (which you photograph and upload through the online application form). If you are selected as a finalist, we’ll need a fully digitized piece in Vector file format. We will provide guidelines on file requirements, and resources on how to produce this if your proposal advances.

No, you do not have to currently live in Bed-Stuy to apply, however applicants who are  committed to and invested in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood will be prioritized.

Yes. You can submit an application with an image or drawing you’ve already created and which you reinterpret in your application for our window on Fulton Street. 

No. The Laundromat Project will coordinate and pay for the production and installation of the selected work.

Yes. This award is considered taxable income. Please consult with a tax professional if you need guidance.

Absolutely! If you have any questions about the application, please email [email protected] and an LP staff member will assist you.

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