Create Change

Professional Development Fellowship and Public Artist Residency

Video produced by Ariel Jackson.
Create Change is a public art program developed to connect communities and artists in meaningful ways. We envision building a corps of artists inspired and equipped to work alongside everyday folks in creative endeavors right where they live.

The program recognizes that artists and the roles they play within their own communities ultimately improve the holistic quality of life in New York City’s diverse communities, particularly (though not exclusively) in those of color and modest income. Over the long-term, we intend to foster and support artist-leaders who are empowered by, committed to, and fully conversant in community-attuned art practices.

There are three arms to Create Change: our FellowshipResidency, and Commissions programs:
  • The Fellowship program is for artists who may or may not have experience doing community-based projects and are interested in developing or deepening their socially-engaged creative practice. Fellows may live in the five boroughs or close enough to NYC to attend all program activities between May and October.
  • The Residency is for artists of color with a demonstrated record of developing community-based public art projects who are comfortable engaging their neighbors in participatory, socially-engaged work. Residents should live in the neighborhood where they plan to work: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, or Hunts Point / Longwood.
  • Commissions are exclusively for Create Change Fellows alumni who are interested in mounting a public art project in a laundromat or other community space. Commissioned artists may reside anywhere within New York City’s five boroughs.
As one alumna commented, "In [Create Change], I was able to connect my own artistic practice with that of a diverse set of artists to expand my scope of what's possible in socially-engaged art. I walk away with questions and curiosities that I feel excited to explore."

​For a full list of program details and dates, as well as clarification of the difference between the Fellowship and the Residency, check out the Create Change Guidelines.

Create Change Programs

January 23, 2014
6:30 - 8:00 PM

Casita Maria
928 Simpson St., Bronx, NY 10459

January 30, 2014
6:30 - 8 PM

80 Hanson Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11217

Staten Island
February 6, 2014
6-8 PM

St. George Library
5 Central Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301

February 11, 2014
5-7 PM

Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave 
(Enter on 37th Street)
Astoria, NY 11101

February 20, 2014
5 - 7 PM

Maysles Documentary Center
343 Malcolm X Blvd 
Harlem, NY 10027

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