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Meet our 2019 Create Change Artists

We are excited to announce the participants in our 2019 Create Change program, designed to engage, educate, and advance artists. These diverse, creative practitioners are change agents embedded within our New York City neighborhoods. Building on learnings drawn from our two-year exploration of the theme of sanctuary, this year the cohort will investigate the theme of abundance as a pathway to imagine more for ourselves and our communities. Our creative visions, ideas, and actions can fuel new ways of making positive change in the world. Through abundance, we know that we are many, we are more than enough, and that our communities encompass everything we need to work towards an equitable future.

Over the course of six months to one year, five Artists-in-Residence will develop creative projects as sites for community engagement. Each resident artist/collective will make use of the unique location (e.g., a public plaza, a community garden, a library, etc.) and work with their neighbors to address shared concerns.

In addition, through The LP’s specialized and celebrated six-month training series, 12 Fellows will develop, deepen, and put into practice, strategies for making community-engaged art. This year’s Fellowship will center its activities within one anchor neighborhood – the Hunts Point / Longwood area of the South Bronx. Through the theme of abundance, Fellows will work on proposals for local cultural resources that center the voices and histories of long term residents, small business owners, youth, activists, cultural institutions, and artists throughout the neighborhood.

The cohort was selected by the 2019 Artist & Community Council: Leslie Jimenez, Artist and Create Change Alumna; Coco June, Director, Yon Vilaj; Geoffrey Jackson Scott, Co-Founder, and Creative Director, PEOPLMOVR; Mario Torres, Bronx Museum AIM Program; and Ilk Yasha, Studio Museum Institute Coordinator

Artists’ Projects

Chinatown Arts Brigade Here to Stay: Housing for the People Mapping Project

Seyi Adebanjo | Afromystic Experimental Project

Ariana Faye Allensworth |  Staying Power: A Youth Participatory Action Research Project

Bianca Mońa | An Oral History Investigation of Abundance

Jeviijoe Vitug | The Tunnel Mobile Karaoke


Artist Fellows

Jessica Kerubo Angima | Meditation and Writing

Allison Arteaga | Drawing, Photography, Digital Design

Ann Bennett | Filmmaker

Lionel Cruet | Sound and Audio-Visual Installations

Tasha Douge | Radio, Curation, Mixed Media  

Josiah Valle Ellis | Painting, Sculpture, Film, Poetry

Shaniece Frank | Writing, Comic Books

Jennifer Jones | Printmaking, Ceramics, Photography

Ari Melenciano | Speculative Design, Experimental Pedagogy, Spatial Computing

Siyona Ravi | Film, Writing

Karla Robinson | Poetry, Participatory Public Altar Installations

Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong | Sculpture, Architecture, Site-Specific Interventions, Digital Drawing

The Create Change program is made possible in part through the generosity of The Andrew Mellon Foundation, Berk Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts.

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