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Artist Development

Create Change

The 2021 Create Change Open Call is now closed.
Thank you for your application! 

The next application cycle will begin late summer 2021. Sign up for our mailing list to be notified when the next Open Call is live.

…practicing futures together, practicing justice together, living into new stories. It is our right and responsibility to create a new world.”
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Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

The Laundromat Project invites all artists, activists, neighbors, designers, organizers, healers, storytellers, and cultural producers to join us as we explore new ways of being socially connected while physically distant in the 2021 Create Change Program.

The Create Change program will consist of virtual gatherings that bring participants together to engage the LP’s community-based art pedagogy and practices. Through the Fellowship and Residency programs, we will critically address art and culture making, community building, and power structures through a supportive and learning community.

The Fellowship program consists of intensive sessions over 6 months, divided into 3 learning blocks combining theory, practice, peer learning, collaboration, and co-creation. The residency program spans 12 months, and participants are required to take part in workshop sessions with the fellows. The core of our pedagogy centers public artworks that are collaborative, cooperative and co-created within community through an anti racist and a People of Color Centered lens.

The Create Change program is comprised of three learning blocks:

Make Art:
What role does art, culture, and creativity play in making meaning, shifting narratives, and creating change in the world?

Participants examine a range of artworks across the fields of social practice and creative placemaking that align with The LP’s approaches to cultural asset mapping and leadership development.

Build Community:
How can art and cultural practices build trust and accountability with communities?

Participants will explore approaches to fostering attunement with community rhythms, building reciprocal partnerships, and the art of meeting people where they are.

Create Change:
Understanding the power that exists within ourselves and our communities, how do we creatively leverage power for equity and positive societal change?

Participants will explore personal and collective relationships to race, power, and privilege in order to facilitate social transformation through their art and cultural practices.

Learn more about the Create Change program and the selection process from LP staff and alumni artists. The session took place on October 1 at 6:00pm EST via Google Meet. Live closed captioning was made available through the platform.    


Create Change
Fellowship Program

The Laundromat Project offers its Create Change Fellowship program to artists and cultural producers who are interested in developing or deepening a collaborative, community-based, and socially-engaged creative practice. The Fellowship is philosophically grounded in rigorous theory and the practice of art making, power analysis, and individual and collective transformation. As a POC-centered organization, our perspective is deeply informed by and embedded in the voices, cultures, histories, perspectives, and leadership of people and communities of color.


Create Change Artist-in-Residence Program

The Laundromat Project’s flagship Create Change Artist-in-Residence program supports the development of a participatory and community-attuned creative project by artists working within their community. Projects may take place anywhere in the five boroughs, across various community sites, from laundromats and urban gardens to playgrounds and community centers. The residency is a year-long program that runs from January to December. 

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Meet the Artists

Incoming Fellows and Residents will join a network of 165+ alumni, including artists and cultural producers like Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Sara Abdullah, Taja Lindley, Katherine Toukhy, OlaRonke Akinmowo, Stephanie Dinkins, Salome Asega, The Black School, Storyline Media, Tattfoo Tan, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Chinatown Art Brigade, and more.

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