SOAPBOX: Annual Benefit
Wednesday, May 14th | 7:30 - 10 PM
UrbanGlass Gallery | 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY

Please join us at our 2014 annual benefit, SOAPBOX - an elegant, creative, and funky event with unique art experiences, treats, drinks, and music.

Honorary chairs: Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, and Jessica Rankin.
Honorees: Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone
Featured print by Derrick Adams
Music by DJ April Hunt
Major Sponsors: ShiftCentral, ​WABC-TV

Sustaining Neighborhoods: Artists Move Beyond Gentrification
Saturday, February 22, 2014 | 10 AM to 5 PM

Together with La Casa Azul Bookstore, The Laundromat Project presents a one-day event focused on the impact of arts and gentrification in New York City. We will explore how rapid neighborhood change affects artists as community members, how artists address gentrification in their work, as well as how artists and arts organizations can be stabilizing forces in their own neighborhoods.

This two-part event will include critical dialogue through a panel discussion and capacity building with a workshop that will give artists resources to pursue residential sustainability. 
Confirmed participants include artists Adeola Enigbokan and Caroline Woolard, and representatives from Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, Inc.ArtHomeArtspace/PS109, and Actors Fund-Affordable Housing Initiatives.

Morning: Critical Dialogue (Panel Discussion)
The morning panel will explore how gentrification affects artists, and how artists use their talents to address gentrification, whether explicitly through their work, or implicitly by investing back into community with their art, presence, and time.

Afternoon: Capacity Building (Workshop)
What does affordable housing in New York City look like, and why does it matter? This workshop will also address the steps needed to secure affordable housing, how to assess personal income and credit scores, the process for identifying rental and homeownership opportunities in the city and providing the action steps for securing sustainable housing.

Buy Tickets: $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door

Translation will be provided for Spanish speakers upon request.

American Promise Twitter Party
Monday, February 3 | 9 PM EST

Join us for a Twitter Chat in celebration of #BlackMaleAchievement Week and the premiere of American Promise on PBS!

Here are some questions to reflect on for our conversation:
  • What are some creative ways communities can support black male achievement?
  • Let's think about the spaces we visit everyday: the grocery store, the laundromat, the subway station, or bus stop. What actions can we bring to these spaces, where people already are, to support black male achievement?
  • What role does cultural education play in supporting black male achievement?
Hashtags: #BMAWeek, #AmericanPromise #BlackEdu
The People-Powered $10K Challenge
December 2-11

Be a People Mover!

The People-Powered $10K Challenge is a way to leverage our friends, family, and supporters to raise $10,000 or more collectively towards people-powered art in NYC!

It’s really simple: 100 of our friends ask 10 each of their friends to give $10 each within 10 days (December 2-11)...and together we'll raise $10,000 or more!
American Promise Screening at IFC Center

IFC Center
323 Avenue of the Americas (at West 3rd St.)
New York, NY 10014
Monday, October 21st, 2013
7:00 PM

Please join us for this special screening of American Promise at the IFC Center. American Promise is an award-winning documentary that follows two middle-class black families as their sons navigate the ups and downs of perceptions, stereotypes, and bias in an elite private school. In the words of the film's tagline, "Opportunity is just the first step."

The Laundromat Project has partnered with American Promise to develop an arts-based curriculum using the film as a point of departure to examine perceptions of black male identity, stereotypes and bias, and education equity for black males.

We hope you'll join us on the 21st! You'll have an opportunity to meet the filmmakers, Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, ask questions, and learn more about the curriculum we've developed in partnership with American Promise. (Can't make it on the 21st? Be sure to catch another screening at the IFC!)

Buy tickets to American Promise on Monday, October 21st at 7 PM.
Public Art Potluck
We Bring the Food.
You Bring the Ideas.

University Settlement
184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
6:30 - 9:30 PM

Please join us at our fourth annual dinner party to celebrate our 2013 Create Change residents and fellows. Enjoy yummy eats provided by Chef Elizabeth Reyes of Creyes Foods, as you meet and mingle with this year's 18 amazing artists. 

Get your tickets here!

For photos from the 2012 Public Art Potluck visit our flickr!
Field Day
A Festival of Neighborhoods
Bed-Stuy.Harlem.Hunts Point

September 21, 2013
12 - 5 PM

We hope to see you at our new festival of neighborhoods showcasing The LP's 2013 public art residencies, fellowships, and arts workshops in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, and Hunts Point.

In each of our three anchor neighborhoods, you can look forward to free arts workshops, walking tours, micro film festivals, street naming games, and so much more!

The Aesthetics of Doing:
Learning as Social Engagement

Thursday, September 5th | 6:00 - 8:00 PM
The 8th Floor | 17 West 17th St, New York, NY

Please join The Laundromat Project and our Excecutive Director Kemi Ilesanmi for panel discussion on how participatory learning and audience empowerment can be used as strategies for social engagement within an art context. Kemi will be in conversation with Pepón Osorio (artist & Laura Carnell Professor of Community Art,Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadephia) and George Emilio Sánchez (performance artist, writer & educator). We are thrilled about this event and hope to see you there.

For more info visit the A Blade of Grass event page here>>>
The People's Wash & Fold Film Club

Biweekly Saturdays all summer | 11-1 PM
Clean Rite Center
Lenox Ave / Malcolm X Blvd. & 129th St., Harlem, NY

Join the People's Wash + Fold Film Club at the Clean Rite Center on Lenox Ave! Every other Saturday, join neighbors, friends, artists and others to discuss TV, web series, advertisements, film, and any other media that comes to mind.

This summer, the Clean Rite Center is home to The People's Laundromat Theater, screening independent films 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Check out the films playing in the laundromat and leave comments for the filmmakers and Shani Peters, 2013 Create Change Public Artist-in-Residence with The Laundromat Project.

People's Wash + Fold Film Club Dates & Participating Artists:
June 22:
July 13: Damali Abrams, Marcelitte Failla, Kelsey Pyro V.E.
July 20: Ina Archer, Angela Bankhead, Marcelitte Failla
August 3: Nicky Enright, Kelsey Pyro V.E.
August 17: Damali Abrams, Toccarra Thomas
August 31: Laura Napier, Kelsey Pyro V.E.

Shani Peters & Ariel Jackson will be present at all People's Wash + Fold Film Club events.
Joy: In the Midst of Transition
A Public Lecture

Tuesday, June 18th | 7:00 PM
The Community Arts Auditorium 
at Wayne State University

Kemi Ilesanmi, our Executive Director will be giving a talk at Wayne State University in Detroit next Tuesday on the topic of Joy!

About the Lecture 
With safety and blight both real concerns in 
many areas of Detroit, how can individuals, 
non-profits, businesses and governments best 
support, facilitate and encourage activities 
that use joy as an organizing principle?

This public lecture and panel discussion 
from three national experts will explore 
experiences and actions that foster a 
sense of joy and happiness in our cities and 
communities. Speakers include:

Candy Chang, Artist, Designer, Urban Planner
Kemi Ilesanmi, The Laundromat Project
Archie Lee Coates IV and Jeffrey Franklin The Office of PlayLab
10th Annual Hunts Point Fish Parade & Summer Festival

Saturday, June 15, 2013 
Parade Registration @ Hunts Point Riverside Park: 10:30-11:30 AM 
March Through Hunts Point!: 11:30 AM
Barretto Point Park: 12-5 PM

Join us this Saturday for the 10th Annual Hunts Point Fish Parade & Summer Festival! This year's Grand Marshalls are Los Seis Del Sur, Bronx-based social documentary photographers Ricky Flores, David Gonzalez, Joe Conzo, Angel Franco, Edwin Pagan & Francisco Reyes.  

Saturday will be a great day of fun for the entire family. Come and march in the parade (prizes will be awarded for best costumes and floats!). Then, join The Laundromat Project for some art-making at Barretto Point Park between 12 and 4 PM, where we'll be offering our popular, free silk-screening workshop to the festival.

There will be tons of music and entertainment, including a celebration of hip-hop's 40th anniversary, featuring Popmaster Fabel Pabon on the wheels of steel and Earl Skinner & Joahan Suarez of Beats, Rhymes, and Life.

Other performers will include: Circa '95, Chief 69 & Floor Royalty Crew, the PS 48 Marching Band, Columbus Campus pep band and more!
Art Sustains: A Community Exchange at The Point

Thursday, May 9th | 6 to 8 PM
The Point CDC | 940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474

Please join us for a community exchange at The Point to discuss the role of arts in relation to health & sustainability. This creative forum, Art Sustains, will make use of art, movement, and discussion to address these core questions:
  • What are the health, social, and environmental challenges in our communities?
  • How do the arts function in our neighborhoods?
  • How can the arts provide solutions to these challenges?
Help us find out! Free dinner will be served.

We'll be presenting our findings at NOCD-NY's citywide forum, From the Neighborhood Up, taking place on Thursday, May 30th at El Museo del Barrio.

Back and Forth: 116th Street in Manhattan, River to River

Saturday, May 4th:

  • 9-11:30 AM (West to East) | 116th Street and Riverside Drive (west side of the street on the upper level, Riverside Park, Manhattan)
  • 6-8:30 PM (East to West) | 116th Street just east of Pleasant Avenue (south side of the street, in the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics parking lot)
Join Sonia Louise Davis (2011 Create Change Fellow) and The Laundromat Project on an artistic exploration of 116th Street, from river to river (and back!).
We hope to see you there!

Free Screen-Printing Workshop at IDEAS CITY Streetfest

Saturday, May 4th | 11-2 PM

Booth 71 | Chrystie Street between Houston and Stanton

Come find us at IDEAS CITY Streetfest, where we'll be offering a free silk-screening workshop under the ArtFlock tent! Print one of three designs contributed by this year's Public Artists-in-Residence.

The LP at IDEAS CITY Conference
Panel Discussion: Play

Thursday, May 2nd | 2:30-4 PM
Great Hall, Cooper Union

Join a panel discussion with our executive director, Kemi Ilesanmi about the role of "play" in imagining the cities of the future. She will be joined by Charles Renfro of Diller, Scofido & Renfro and Constance Steinkuehler, formerly of the Office of Science & Technology at the White House.

Find out more here.

Third Annual Public Art Potluck

What Do We Bring? Yummy Food and Public Art!
What Do You Bring? An Open Mind and Creative Ideas!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | 7:00pm - 9:30p
Doors open at 6:30pm
University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002

The Laundromat Project invites you to celebrate this year's Create Change artists at its 3rd Annual Public Art Potluck.

Engage our Create Change artists in conversations about their projects and creative ideas set in communities across New York City and Philadelphia.

You'll hear about socially-engaged art projects ranging from yoga-based printmaking in Jackson Heights to envisioning a new waterfront for the South Bronx to a multimedia installation highlighting the history of garment workers in Sunset Park.

Dinner will be prepared by Organic Soul Chef Madea Allen.
Sunday, August 26, 2012 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Buttons in the Laundry Room
The Laundry Room, 143 West 116th Street, Harlem

Led by Nontsikelelo Mutiti

Buttons! …Not the kind sewn onto your shirt pocket, but the sort you pin on to your shirt, your jacket, or your backpack. Dating back to the early 17th century, the button has become a popular cultural artifact. These very small objects pinned close to our hearts turn our chest into billboards and posters. Tell your Harlem neighbors what you believe, who you support, what you want stopped, what you love or even who you miss this weekend at The Laundry Room.

Image: Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Represent (The Dream Is Real), 2012, 24” X 36”
Sunday, August 19, 2012 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Embellished Portraits
Studio Museum, 144 West 125th Street, New York, New York

Led by Nontsikelelo Mutiti

Can you express who you are in a series of words? How about an image? Come to the Studio Museum in Harelm this Sunday and tell us who you are with a portrait. Explore your identity using found objects, fabric, and trimmings. Inspired by artist Ebony G. Patterson's work from the Caribbean: Crossroads of the World exhibition, participants will embellish selected portraits and use various materials to retell their history and carve out their identities.

Image: Ebony G. Patterson Untitled, Species I, 2010–11, Collection David Beitzel, New York
Friday, July 27 - Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mind the Gap/La Brecha
The Blue and White Laundromat, 401 E 140th St, Bronx, New York

Project by Create Change Public Artists in Residence, Elizabeth Hamby and Hateuy Ramos-Fermin

Creating a series of workshops in their neighborhood, this project allows for an open dialogue about the South Bronx waterfront and its effect on their community.The goal of Mind the Gap/La Brecha is not to produce another study, proposal, or report envisioning the South Bronx waterfront. Rather, it aims to engage the community in a deep conversation about the way we access the water and its role in their neighborhood. Mind the Gap/La Brecha is an ongoing dialogue that bridges more than the gap between the South Bronx and water. It proposes new ways of working together to plan for the future.

For more information, check out their tumblr site.

Elizabeth and Hatuey’s Workshop Schedule

In the Place Where We Live: Storytelling

Saturday, July 28 4:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday, August 4 4:00pm-7:00pm
Wednesday, August 8 4:00pm-7:00pm
Friday, August 17 9:00am-11:00am

The story of our neighborhood is written by the people who live here. Share your observations, memories, and reflections on the changes that have shaped our community. Participants can record their stories, adding their voices to the history of the South Bronx Waterfront.

Lines on the Map

Tuesday, July 31 4:00pm-7:00pm
Monday, August 6 4:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday, August 18 9:00am-11:00am

Maps are important tools that show the relationships between people and the environment. Create your own map of the neighborhood that shows the significance of buildings and open spaces in your life.

Waterfront Portrait Series

Friday, July 27 9:00am-11:00am (Special Guest: James Rojas)
Thursday, August 2 4:00pm-7:00pm
Friday, August 10 9:00am-11:00am
Monday, August 20 9:00am-11:00am

How do you get to the waterfront? What do you do there? What does your ideal waterfront look like? Participants will respond to these questions through creative portraits and an interactive model-making project.

Ground Truthing: Walks

Wednesday, August 22 9:00am-11:00am
Saturday, September 1 9:00am-11:00am
Sunday, September 2 9:00am-11:00am

Which way to the waterfront? Using maps generated by participants in Mind the Gap/La Brecha, walk with us as we look for ways to access the Harlem River. Walks will be documented in photographs and videos.
Wednesday, June 6 - September 26, 2012 | 8:00am - 9:00am

Yoga Art Flag Installation
JH Laundromat, 85-15 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, New York

Project by Create Change Public Artist in Residence, Suran Song

Come experience a little piece of mind while your whites are in the spin cycle! What do Static Cling sheets and Oms have in common? One relaxes your clothes while the other relaxes your mind and body. Come to this workshop to find a little Namaste after folding your clothes. Suran Song is an artist in the Laundromat Project’s Create Change Public Artist Residency. Her yoga classes are one component to her Yoga Art Flag Instillation which provides Laundromat patrons and street passerbyers the opportunity to connect body and mind through learning basic yogic principles and art making. The classes are free and are open to public. Yoga mats are provided. Please wear comfortable clothing. Another component to her Yoga Art Flag Instillation are her Body Prints and Principals also on view at the JH Laundromat. Come in for the yoga, art, and laundry.

For more information, check out her website.

Suran Song's Workshop Schedule

Yoga Classes and Flag Art Instillation

Wednesdays, June 6 - September 26 8:00am - 9:00am
Himalayan Yoga - Learn to combine a slow Vinyasa (flowing) style with attention to physical alignment and the breath. All levels. Himalayan Yoga has a rich visual arts approach; its teachers tend not to be dancers. Also, on view Body Prints and Principals reinforcing a harmonious way to live by.

Free Wearable Art

Saturday, August 18 All day until supplies last
Come in for free, limited-edition yogic art tee-shirts hung on a wardrobe wrack. People can come on in and just take one!

Yoga Body Printing

Wednesday, August 29 8:00am - 9:00am
Yoga body printing will officially start on August 29th and continue all through September as the next developmental, sequential part of the Yoga Class.

Yoga Monoprints

Wednesdays, September 8:00am - 9:00am
Come in for the laundry and the weekly yoga class, stay for the monoprints. An exhibit of these prints by the participants will take place on November 10th, venue TBA.
Saturday, August 4, 2012 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Greening the City: Learn How to Live Green in the City
Weeksville Heritage Center, 1698 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, New York

The Laundromat Project, in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center, will present Greening the City (formerly Seeding the City) – a day of workshops, demonstrations, and art activities focused on environmental awareness, food cultivation, and urban beautification. Greening the City brings environmentalism down to earth. This free outdoor event is an opportunity for Brooklynites of all ages to connect with artists, farmers, and food activists about everyday ways to make eco-friendly choices that are fun and affordable.

Activities include:
  • Learn how to ride a bike with Bike New York (For kids only. Participants must bring a helmet and bike. Workshop will be held at Woods Playground on Bergen Street between Utica Ave and Rochester Ave from 1pm to 4pm. Register here)
  • Food demonstrations with Jenna Spevack and Melissa Danielle's With Food in Mind (12-1:30pm) and by Family Cook Productions (2:30-4pm).
  • Green-related games and activities led by featured artists such as Roberto de Jesus, Antonia Perez, and Torkwase Dyson
  • Info on how to green your neighborhood and lower your bills presented by Citizens Committee of New York and Pratt Center for Community Development
  • Music by DJ Manchild Black
  • Carribean-style tacos and organic ice cream will be provided by Brooklyn Moon and General Greene
  • Fun raffle prizes given throughout the day provided by Flowerworks and Green in BKLYN
  • ...and more!

Weeksville will also have their Farmer's Market from 9am to 2pm.

This program is made possible in part by Brooklyn Arts Council, Soul of Brooklyn, and Weeksville Heritage Center. NYFA's Immigrant Artist Project is a community partner in this initiative.

Photo Credit: Ed Marshell
Sunday, July 22, 2012 | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Go Fly a Kite
Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 W 125th Street, Harlem, New York

Led by Kiran Chandra

With cultural significance in the Caribbean as well as other parts of the globe, kite-making has played an integral role in both Caribbean art and leisure time. As a symbol of restored hope or new life, kite flying has served as both sport and meditation. Join The Laundromat Project for an afternoon of Caribbean kite-making in Studio Museum's courtyard.
Sunday, July 1, July 29, and August 12, 2012 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

The Art of Protest
The Laundry Room, 143 W 116th Street, Harlem, New York

Led by Kathleena Howie-Garcia

Be the change you want to see. Using the tradition of protest art, this workshop allows you to make posters that enable you to do just that. Acting as the conscience of our community when leaders, institutions, or business owners accept and enable unjust conditions, you can make a poster to visually represent the change you want to see in your own community.

Image Courtesy: Richard L. Copley
July 15, 2012 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Harlem Is…Personal Symbol Project
The Laundry Room, 143 W 116th Street, Harlem, New York

Led by Rosemary Taylor

Draw. Cut paper. Roll ink. Layer. Repeat. While your clothes are on the spin cycle, you'll learn how to make meaningful symbol representing your neighborhood—Harlem—that you can also use as a stamp to repeat onto any surface. Using materials you can find at home and some poems for inspiration, you’ll be making your own collograph print in no time.
Sunday, July 8, 2012 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

One Garden To-Go, Please
The Laundry Room, 143 W 116th Street, Harlem, New York

Led by Kiran Chandra

Though outside gardens are bursting with life and are important for the health of any community, they can take a lot of time and energy to maintain. Bond with your fellow neighbors as you make your own mini-gardens during this terrarium-making workshop. You will learn how to care and nurture for an herb than you can eventually include in your favorite summer dish.
Thursday, June 28, 2012 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Social Enterprise and Create Practive 101 with Risë Wilson, LP Founder
Word Up Bookstore, 4157 Broadway Ave, New York, New York

Co-presented by NYFA and Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA).

As more and more artists engage with alternative ways to support their creative projects, such as crowd-sourcing or bartering, many are now exploring social entrepreneurship as an option. But what is "social entrepreneurship" exactly? This mini-workshop will explore the way social enterprise has been defined and invite participants to engage with concepts and tools they can apply to their own ventures. Case Studies will be shared, including The Laundromat Project and Word Up Bookstore. Q & A to follow. This event is open to artists engaged or interested in social change initiatives.

Limited seating available. Suggested Donation: $5

Click here to RSVP>>>

Image: Inside of Word Up Bookstore. Credit: DJ Boy
Sunday June 24, 2012 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Bleach Batik
The Laundry Room, 142 W 116th St, Harlem, New York

Led by Alice Mizrachi

Inspired by the process of Batik fabric dyeing, participants use bleach instead of wax to create their own neighborhood-inspired textiles. Use your imagination and bleach to make a design that reflects a part of your neighborhood, whether it’s a person or place, past or present.

Saturday, May 19, 2012 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm

S.O.S. Crown Heights | Arts to End Violence Festival
Kingston Ave b/w Dean and Bergen St, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Workshop led by Kiran Chandra

Come out and silkscreen a t-shirt with The LP at the 2nd Annual Arts to End Violence Festival hosted by S.O.S. Crown Heights. The LP will help kick off the festival on May 19th. Bring the family and support the campaign to end violence in Crown Heights.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Learn more about S.O.S. Arts to End Violence Festival
Tuesday & Thursday, May 17 - June 14, 2012 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Tomorrow Eyes
The Maysles Institute, 343 Lenox Avenue, New York, New York

Led by Shani Peters

A free after school program for New York teens (ages 14-19 years old), Tomorrow Eyes is an interdisciplinary after-school arts workshop organized and led by The Laundromat Project in partnership with Maysles Institute.

Offered through The Laundromat Project’s art education program, Works in Progress, Tomorrow Eyes offers youth a platform to share their perspectives on topics ranging from personal style to youth violence using photography, video, and silk screening as their tools. Students interested in visual and performing art, film making, creative writing, and fashion design are encouraged to apply to this program. Priority will be given to students going to school or living in Harlem, but all Teens should feel encouraged to apply.

Please share this information with students that you believe would benefit from this 5-week course.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012 6:30pm - 10:30pm

Social Justice Artists' Collaborative After Work Mixer

Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Avenue, New York, New York

The Social Justice Artists’ Collaborative invites artists, activists, and community-based organizations working toward social justice to attend an after-work mixer. This informal gathering intends to create space to share ideas, plug into the Collaborative’s next steps, and reconnect following the 2011 Social Justice Artists’ Convening held last fall at El Museo del Barrio. Food and drink will be provided.

Space is limited so please RSVP today. Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

The Social Justice Artists' Collaborative is a collective of progressive artists, practitioners, and funders. With a focus on supporting small to mid-size organizations reflective of NYC's diverse communities, we have come together with the intent of sharing best practices and developing a network that supports social justice work and the sustainability of our arts, culture, artists, and organizations.

Current Social Justice Artists’ Collaborative members include: Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), Global Action Project (GAP), Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Lambent Foundation, Maysles Institute, New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), The Laundromat Project, and Union Square Awards.
Sunday, March 4, 2012 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Paper Sculptures Workshop
The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, New York, New York

Led by Rosemary Taylor

We can often identify neighborhoods, cities, and countries from well-known landmarks and buildings. New York City is known for its buildings, such as the Empire State Building that form its famous skyline. If you could create a new landmark or building for your neighborhood, what would it be? Referencing artist duo Matriarch’s Skyscraper, a sculptural response to artist Romare Bearden’s work, participants will use collage and assemblage techniques to build their own three-dimensional structure from paper.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Image: Matriarch (Maren & Ava Hassinger), Skyscraper, 2011, Courtesy the artists
Sunday, February 12, 2012 | 1pm - 4pm

Drawing Your Block
The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, New York, New York

Led by Alice Mizrachi

Do you know what's on your block? Join The Laundromat Project for a neighborhood drawing workshop that references the visual cues of artist Kira Lynn Harris's The Block | Bellona, a re-imagining of Romare Bearden's The Block (1971.) Using oil pastels and watercolors, participants will learn how to make a drawing of their own neighborhood block. Bring a picture of your neighborhood or just your imagination and you'll leave with a new understanding of where you live and visual representation of where you live.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Image: Kira Lynn Harris, The Block | Bellona (installation view), 2011 Photo Credit: Adam Reich
Sunday, January 15, 2012 | 1pm - 4pm

Romare Bearden Collage and Portraiture Workshop
The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, New York

Led by Alice Mizrachi

Paying homage to artist Romare Bearden and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., The Laundromat Project presents through its Works in Progress program a portrait workshop that asks participants to employ Bearden's iconic collage technique to create a portrait of the person that they aspire to be. Using some of Dr. King's quotes as a source of inspiration, completed portraits will integrate color, xerox copies, magazines, and textiles to creatively illustrate a figurative image that includes the qualities each participant wishes to embody in 2012.

This workshop is free and open to the public.

Image: Dave McKenzie, They Dreamed of Nefertiti's Holiday, 2011. Courtesy the artist
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 | 7pm – 9pm

Bayeté Ross Smith in Conversation with Tahir Hemphill (Moderated by Ben Herson)
NYFA, 20 Jay Street, 7th Floor, DUMBO, Brooklyn

The socio-political concept of the "town square" has been reinvigorated by the recent protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square and by our country’s own Occupy Wall Street movement. The Laundromat Project's new artist talk series Dispatches from the Square features artists who use their creative practice to make pop-up and permanent “town squares” that stimulate public dialogue and action on a range of issues. The series also highlights artists who collaboratively make artwork with non-artists as a strategy for creating more livable societies.

Join Create Change Public Artist in Residence alum Bayeté Ross Smith and multi-media artist Tahir Hemphill for a conversation about how they have used hip-hop as a platform to create new work that engages, mobilizes, and documents local and global communities. Moderated by Ben Herson, Founder and Director of Nomadic Wax. Read more

This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, September 29, 2011 | 6pm 9pm

2nd Annual Public Art Potluck

Taller Boricua Puerto Rican Workshop
Julia De Burgos Latino Cultural Center 

1680 Lexington Avenue (and 106th Street)

New York, NY 10029

Celebrate the culmination of this year's Create Change Public Artist Residency program, The LP invites you to its 2nd Annual Public Art Potluck. Instead of food guests are asked to bring questions and ideas for how this year's Create Change residents and professional development fellows can sustain their public art projects and socially-engaged artistic practices. Lear more about this event here.

Buy Your Ticket | $35 includes dinner and drinks
There is limited seating. Purchase your tickets in advance. Ticket purchase will be available, but not guaranteed at the door. Cash and credit card accepted.
Saturday, August 6 and 14, 2011 | 12 pm – 3 pm

Making an Apartment Planter with Household Materials Led by Adopt-a-Farmbox
World Laundromat
73 Empire Blvd, Brooklyn

Why throw away your perfectly 'good', non-degradable garbage? Use items like plastic water bottles, detergent bottles and old newspaper to create planters to take home! Bring your clean empty bottles and we'll provide the rest.
Sunday, July 31, 2011 | 12 pm – 3 pm

Make Jewelry, Promote Knowledge & Love Led by Shani Peters
The Laundry Room
143 West 116th Street, Manhattan

Accentuate the Positive. Make jewelry as iconic as Radio Raheem’s LOVE and HATE rings in Do the Right Thing. In this workshop you can harness the power of language as you stamp your hand-crafted accessories with words like ‘knowledge’ ‘wisdom’ or ‘power’ written in one of 116th Street’s many tongues: Wolof, English, or Arabic.
Saturday, July 30, 2011 | 12 pm – 5 pm

Seeding the City: Learn How to Live Green in the City
Weeksville Heritage Center
1698 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11213

The LP and NYFA's Immigrant Artist Project are jointly organizing a day of workshops and demonstrations focused on environmental awareness, urban farming and beautification. The skillshare is an opportunity for everyday citizens, artists, farmers, and food activists to teach and learn from each other. Join us for a potluck of strategies to improve the quality of life for communities of color living on low incomes.

12 - 4pm - Attend 8 FREE workshops that teach you how to cultivate and beautify your spaces using a variety of environmentally responsible strategies.

4 - 5pm - Join us for a potluck picnic in Weeksville's Garden

Workshops Include:
Learn the Benefits of Permaculture with Environmental Educator Claudia Joseph
Solarize a Toy with Sustainable Flatbush’s Energy Solutions Project Manager Jocelyn Cohen, PhD
Double Digging To Grow More In Less Space with artist and farmer Jason Gaspar
Learn How To Build a Mobile Garden with artist Tattfoo Tan
Get Dirty to Get Clean: Purifying Water with Microbial Mud Balls with artist Miki Katagiri
DIY: Tips on How to Make Your Home Sustainable with Pratt Center for Community Development’s Jay-E Emmingham & Rasu Jilani
Portable Solar Panel Demo on Sustainable Energy with You Save Green’s David Magid
Making an Apartment Planter With Household Materials with Adopt-A-Farmbox’s Aki Harata-Baker and Yemi Amu

Weeksville will also have their Farmer's Marker from 9am to 2pm.

This program is made possible in part by NYFA-Immigrant Artist Project, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Weeksville Heritage Center.
Sunday, July 10 and August 21, 2011 | 12 pm – 3 pm

Bleach Batiking Led by Alice Mizrachi
The Laundry Room
143 West 116th Street, Manhattan

If you have ever dropped bleach on a colored shirt, and thought “what now?” this workshop is for you. Inspired by the process of Batik fabric dyeing, participants use bleach instead of wax to create their own neighborhood-inspired tees. Bring your imagination and we'll supply the black shirt and bleach for you to design a t-shirt that reflects a part of your neighborhood, whether it’s a person or place, past or present.
Sunday, July 4 and August 4, 2011 | 12 pm – 3 pm

Textured Collographs and Collages Led by Rosemary Taylor
The Laundry Room
143 West 116th Street, Manhattan

Cut paper. Layer. Roll ink. Repeat. While your clothes on the spin cycle, you'll make colorful images out of paper. Learn how to make a collograph print with materials you can easily find at home.
Sunday, June 26, July 17, and August 14, 2011 | 12 pm – 3 pm

Sewing Pieces of the City Led by Maya Valladares
The Laundry Room
143 West 116th Street, Manhattan

Calling back to the quilt-making tradition, you'll learn how to make and sew landscape-inspired appliqués onto your worn-out clothes. Bring a jacket, shirt, or dress and we'll provide the rest.
Sunday, June 5 and 19, 2011 | 12 pm – 3 pm

Kaleidoscopia: Harlem Reflected Led by Kiran Chandra
The Laundry Room
143 West 116th Street, Manhattan

Reflect Harlem while you reflect on Harlem in this workshop that demonstrates how to make a kaleidoscope using materials often found at the hardware store.
Thursday, June 2 - Friday, July 15, 2011
Opening Reception / Town Hall Meeting: Thursday, June 2, 6 pm

The Office of Human Rights
Asian Arts Initiative
1223 Vine Street, Philadelphia

In a world polarized by race, class, religion, and other tensions, our communities may feel increasingly fragmented. But one thing we all have in common is the need for Home—be it a roof to keep out the rain, or a healthy community where we all can pursue our dreams. Through photography and stories-in-sound, Housing is a Human Right co-founders Michael Premo ('09 Create Change Public Artist in Residence) and Rachel Falcone invite you to hear and be heard. The LP and AAI co-present.
Saturday, May 7, 2011 | 11:00am - 7:00pm

Festival of Ideas
The New Museum, Chrystie St & E Houston St, New York, New York

Led by Shanti Peters

The LP's unique mission landed us on Bowery all day on Saturday May 7th for New Museum's Festival of Ideas. Teaching Artist Shani Peters led participants in silkscreening LP totebags with 1 of 4 designs while 2010 Resident Bayeté Ross Smith was present collecting songs for a community playlist which was played through his boombox tower.

The day was a huge success thanks to our staff and volunteers!