2012 Artists + Community Council

The Laundromat Project is proud to introduce the members of our 2011 Artist + Community Council! These socially engaged art professionals live and/or work in the communities where our programming is located and will serve as both programmatic advisors and ambassadors to The LP over a year long period.

This year’s Council members will lend their expertise to the selection of our 2011 Create Change Public Artists in Residence; lead and/or participate in professional development sessions for Create Change artists; and continue to serve as outreach partners to increase the impact of and participants in all of our programs.

Artist + Community Council - New York

Maria Bauman

Beginning as an apprentice with Urban Bush Women in 2002, then quickly moving into the role of company member, then Associate Artistic Director for Community Engagement, transitioning into a UBW guest performer, lead facilitator, and consultant, Maria now “creates dance & creates community” as Director of Education & Community Engagement. She weaves her identities as a choreographer, dancer, facilitator, and educator together to strengthen community partnerships, deepen UBW’s education practices, support company members, and help people move and sweat together as an expression of connection and liberation. Maria is also the founder of MBDance, creating duets and small group dances from a sense of physical and emotional power, a desire for equity, and a fascination with intimacy and relationships.
Daniel Carlton

Daniel Carlton is an actor, playwright, poet, teacher, storyteller, and director who has appeared on New York, national, and international stages. A veteran of numerous Off and Off- Off Broadway productions his work has also been both seen and/or created in schools, homeless shelters, and throughout the criminal justice system. As a teaching artist he has used theatre as a tool to conduct thousands of workshops for many years in areas that include youth leadership, conflict resolution, A.I.D.S prevention, housing readiness to homeless families, and teacher training for The N.Y.C Board Of Education. He is also the Artistic Director of Committed Artists of Color. www.danielcarlton.com
Elvira Clayton

Elvira Clayton is a Texas born multimedia artist, who lives and works in the Harlem community of New York City. She works in sculpture, installation, photography, collage, handcrafts and sound art to create work that explore issues relating to the female gender, ancestry, memory and the relationship between identity and social and political history. Clayton is a two-time recipient of the Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant, she has been awarded an Anderson Center Residency Fellowship, a 2011 Blue Mountain Center Fellowship, and she is a 2011 Jerome Foundation Fellow. She was also a 2011 Create Change Professional Development Fellow. www.elviraclayton.com
Karen Demavivas

Karen Demavivas is Program Officer of the Immigrant Artist Project at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), where she manages professional development services and resources all through an arts and social change lens. A two-time Fulbright Fellow, she was awarded a Fellowship in 2004 to work as program coordinator, curator, and art critic on community-based art projects in Northern Thailand. This led to serving as the UNESCO-Fulbright Fellow for Culture at UNESCO Paris headquarters, and then working as a consultant on culture and development initiatives at this agency, the UN Population Fund, and the Asia-Europe Foundation. Beyond NYFA, she acts as advisor on the cultural and community development initiatives of the social business enterprise Aoka based in Brazil. Her art criticism has been featured in publications such as the Brooklyn Rail, the Bangkok Post and Art4D Magazine. She holds an M.A. in Art History and Criticism from Hunter College, City University of New York.
Gisela Insuaste

Gisela Insuaste is a visual artist and educator. Her paintings, sculptures and site-specific installations are based on real and imagined places that explore the intersection of architecture, topography, and memory and tap into the quirky topologies of urban spaces that resonate with personal narratives. Gisela is a recipient of several grants and awards, including The EFA NYC Artist Workers Residency, Smithsonian LMSP Fellowship, Aljira Emerge10 Fellowship, The Richard Driehaus/Artadia Emerging Artist Award (Chicago), Illinois Arts Council Artist Grants, and MacDowell Colony Artist Fellowships. She currently works at Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in the Bronx. She is responsible for the conceptualization and implementation of numerous public programs with an emphasis on environmentally- based art, wellness, and nature studies. Gisela was a 2011 Professional Development Fellow.
Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins

Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins, (UCSB, Fine Art, B.A. and M.F.A.) and (UCLA, History of Art, M.A. and Ph.D.) art historian and independent curator, specializes in modern and contemporary art for domestic and international exhibitions. She was the founding Deputy Director and Director for Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), San Francisco (MoAD) and Curator of Visual Arts at the California African American Museum (CAAM), Los Angeles. Teaching positions include the San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College and the University of California, Davis. She currently teaches in the Art History Department at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
Christine Licata

Christine Licata is a New York based Independent Curator, Art Writer and Creative Director. From 2008 – 2011 she was the Associate Curator at Taller Boricua Galleries in Spanish Harlem and has worked with other alternative, experimental art spaces such as AC Institute and the Cue Foundation. She is a contributing writer for Artlog and has also written for Art on Paper and Degree Critical. She has a BFA from Parson School of Design and a MA in Art Criticism and Writing from the School of Visual Arts.
Prerana Reddy

Prerana Reddya is the Director of Public Events at the Queens Museum of Art, where she oversees community development and public art initiatives primarily with new immigrant communities. Working with the Queens College Art Department, she is helping to develop a new MFA concentration in Critical Social Practice in 2012. She is also a film programmer and board member of Alwan for the Arts, an Arab & Middle Eastern Cultural Center, and a founding member of 3rd i NY South Asian film collective. She also sits on the board of New Immigrant Community Empowerment.
Krista Saunders

Krista Saunders is an independent curator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked for the ICA in Philadelphia, the Queens Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art and New Museum of Contemporary Art in various capacities. Saunders is a proud member of the Momenta Art Advisory Board and a 2010-11 Lori Ledis Curatorial Fellow. In addition to exhibitions at BRIC Rotunda Gallery, NURTUREart and Lesley Heller Workspace, her curatorial portfolio also includes site-specific exhibitions in alternative forums such as Tumblr.com, Urban Alchemist Design Collective, The Old Stone House and Vax Moto motorcycle garage. www.kristasaunders.com
Micki Watanabe Spiller

Micki Watanabe Spiller is an artist, whose work examines the narratives of space, through sculpture as well as artist books. She has been in many group and solo shows both nationally and internationally. She has participated in residencies at Smack Mellon, the Evergreen House in Baltimore, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and World Views Studios in the World Trade Center. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant, Art Matters Grant and a Regional NEA grant. She received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and her MFA from Ohio State University. Currently she is a faculty member at Parsons School of Design and Pratt Institute. Micki was also a 2011 Create Change Artist in Residence. www.mickispiller.com
Karina Aguilera Skvirsy

Karina Aguilera Skvirsky is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in photography, video and performance. Her work has been exhibited internationally in group and solo shows including: DPM Gallery, Guayaquil, Ecuador (2012), La Ex-Culpable, Lima, Peru (2010), Scaramouche Art, NY (2010), Galeria Proceso (a parallel exhibition with the Cuenca Biennial 2009), The Grossman Gallery, PA,(2008), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT (2007), Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY (2006), Smack Mellon, NY (2007), Momenta Art, NY (2006) and others. She was also a 2011 Create Change Public Artist in Residence. www.karinas.net
Anusha Venkataraman

Anusha Venkataraman is an urban planner, writer, artist, and activist. She is presently the Assistant Director of the Green Light District initiative at El Puente, a community human rights institution in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with numerous community groups in local organizing efforts, and as a visual artist both individually and with collectives. In 2010, she edited Intractable Democracy: Fifty Years of Community-Based Planning, a book celebrating New York City’s legacy of grassroots neighborhood-based activism. Anusha was the Youth and Outreach Director at the Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island. She holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University.

Artist + Community Council - Philadelphia

Theresa Rose

For the past five years, Theresa Rose has worked as Public Art Project Manager for the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture & the Creative Economy where she administers the Percent for Art program and has lead the City’s first temporary public art commission, Soil Kitchen, by the artist team Futurefarmers. Independently, Rose is the founder and an organizer of Philly Stake, a micro-granting program for relevant & creative community engaging projects. Rose is an active member of the Philadelphia arts community serving on the advisory board of both the Tyler School of Art Gallery and the Mural Arts Program, and is a member of the Philadelphia Public Art Forum. Prior to her employment in city government; Rose worked on several projects as an independent curator and artist. Rose received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she co-chaired of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series Program. Rose is a practicing yogi and completed classical vinyasa teacher training in 2008.
Tiona McClodden

tiona.m. is a multi-media artist whose mission is to make the invisible, visible and humanize her subjects. Her last film, black./womyn.: conversations with lesbians of African descent, provides a platform for Black lesbians to speak for themselves and to confront the hyper-sexualized image of the Black lesbian. black./womyn. was awarded the Audience Award for Best Documentary by the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival{now QFest} in 2008. She is currently in production with her next feature length documentary, The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project, a short film Bumming Cigarettes, and an experimental short series called Be Alarmed: The Black Americana Epic.. www.tionam.com
Iresha Picot

Iresha Picot, M.Ed, is the creator behind the “Summer for the Sistas” project; a subversive project that expounds on love, beauty, self-respect, and acknowledgment through messages written by Black Women, for other Black Women in Philadelphia.
She is a recipient of a (2011) Art and Change Leeway Grant, for her upcoming visual arts project, titled “Mamas”, where she will be documenting Black motherhood through photography. Iresha was awarded the first ever Blueprint for Black Women’s Activist
(2010) award and a grant from Philadelphia’s Fund for Survival Support Work (2010) for the “Summer for the Sistas” project. She is also the creator behind the Ntozake Shange School of Literary Thought (NSSLT), a literary circle and safe space for Black Women to create through the written word and is the editor behind NSSLT’s zines, “The
Space Between: Yoni Narratives”, “Bucking Generational Scripts”, and is “co-editor of “Womanish: A Sista Manifesta”. Iresha has had her work published in the “Research for Teaching English” journal, and Spelman’s College, “Aunt Chloe” literary journal.
Catzie Vilayphonh

Catzie Vilayphonh is an award-winning spoken word poet, writer and performance artist. As 1/2 of Yellow Rage, she was one of the first Asian American female voices to appear on Def Poetry Jam. Through her work, she hopes to provide an awareness that is not often heard - exploring topics challenging mainstream misconceptions of Asianness, often drawing from personal narrative - more recently, her parents history as survivors of war. Catzie is a child of of Lao refugees, born prematurely on the way to America and thus considers herself part of the ".5 Generation". Catzie currently resides in South Philly with her daughter Aditi.