2011 Round Up

Posted on December 10th, 2011

In 2011 our programs reached over 5,000 people from every walk of life. From laundromats in Harlem, Bed-Stuy, Jersey City, Washington Heights, and Woodside to the New Museum's Festival of Ideas and Weeksville’s lovely lawn – we were able to offer more than 5000 people the opportunity to envision where and how they want to live and work, and to discover a range of creative talents many didn’t know they had.
Residents in our Create Change Public Artist Residency
mounted projects in their laundromats that ranged from creating an ESOL classroom for Spanish speakers to installing a postcard carousel that included the artist’s neighbors’ drawings, photographs, and thoughts about their changing neighborhood.
Our team of teaching artists lead drop-in art workshops that ranged from printmaking to kaleidoscope making at our partner laundromat in Harlem. At a Brooklyn laundromat, we invited Brooklyn-based organization Adopt-a-Farmbox to teach a workshop titled “Make Your Own Planter Out of Household Materials,” and partnered with NYFA Immigrant Artist Project to lead a day of workshops and demonstrations focused on environmental awareness, urban farming and beautification in the garden of Weeksville Heritage Center.
We participated in the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas and BedStuy Alive’s Restoration Rocks festival where we brought our silkscreening workshop to folks on the Bowery in Manhattan and BedStuy in Brooklyn.
And, we also partnered with Art for Change, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Global Action Project (GAP), Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Lambent Foundation, Maysles Institute, NYFA Immigrant Artist Project, and Union Square Awards, to host the first Social Justice Artists' Convening, which took place at El Museo del Barrio.

The day-long convening brought together New York-based arts organizations, artists, and supporting funders in an unprecedented opportunity to create community among those doing work at the intersection of arts and social justice. Through cutting-edge performances and dynamic workshops designed to mobilize for impact, the goal of this unprecedented gathering by artists working with low-income communities is to ensure that those most affected by injustice have creative supports and networks for generating change.

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