Create Change Fellowship
The Laundromat Project offers its Create Change Fellowship program to artists and cultural producers who are interested in developing, deepening, or incubating 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 People of Color centered organization, our perspective is deeply informed by and embedded in the voices, cultures, histories, perspectives, and leadership of people and communities of color.
The 2021 Create Change Fellowship is an incubator that seeks to develop, workshop, and generate ideas incorporating The LP’s values and community-based methodology as a foundational approach. Fellows are encouraged to apply with a cultural arts project that intersects with any combination of the following social justice areas: racial justice, environmental and climate justice, housing rights, LGBTQIA+, immigration, food justice, gender, education reform, economic justice, disability justice, mental health, health equity, and criminal justice.
Up to 10 Create Change Fellows will be selected to participate in the 2021 program. We value applications with diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and expertise, while encouraging age diversity, multilingual folks, and practitioners without formal instruction to apply.
The 2021 Fellowship program will run from February through June. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $500 for their participation in the program.
The program schedule includes the following:
- Workshop trainings
- Individual and group coaching sessions on cultural organizing
- A public final presentation featuring each artists work
- Open and weekly office-hours with LP program staff
- Studio sessions with leading curators, artists, activists, and scholars
2021 Open Call
Application Deadline: October 18, 2020 (11:59PM EDT)
Applications Open: September 16
Info Session: October 1
Applications Close: October 18
Residency Interviews: November 13
Fellowship Group Interview: November 14
Decision Notification: Early December
Learn more about the Create Change program and the selection process from LP staff and alumni artists. The session will take place on October 1 at 6:00pm EST via Google Meet. Live closed captioning will be available through the platform and a recording of the session will be available for all to reference on our website. To join the info session, please submit this form.
Ideal candidates have some experience with developing collaborative or community-based projects. They are in alignment with LP values and have the experience or capacity to contribute to a collaborative learning environment.
Eligible Fellowship Candidates:
- Demonstrate a practice or deep interest in socially and community engaged art
- Are in alignment with The LP’s values and POC-centered principles
- Are at least 21 years of age
- Are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program
- Are preferably based in NYC, but can be temporarily or recently based outside of the city due to COVID-19
- Are committed to working collaboratively with their cohort members
- Are familiar with the cultural history and local issues impacting the communities of color
- Have the availability to commit 100 hours to the Fellowship
We recommend all applicants to review the program guidelines before submitting an application. Download the guidelines here.
I do not identify as a community-based artist or one that incorporates social practice within my work. Am I eligible for the program?
Yes, you are eligible. We know that traditional models of formal training for visual artists (be they based in universities or facilitated through residencies emphasizing individual aesthetic and/or professional development) quite often do not fully prepare them to work with and in a community in a sustained or even substantive way.
Create Change was created to offer artists an opportunity to deepen or develop a public art practice that graduates from a model of placing static art objects in public spaces to one that emphasizes the ways art and artists can serve as catalysts for social action and relationship building (not just contemplation). We realize that some artists may not identify as community-based artists or social practitioners, but are curious about making work in this way. We created the Fellowship program to provide a space where artists can build on their approaches to community-based art making.
What is the time commitment for the program?
Fellows and Artists-in-residence will spend roughly 50 hours participating in workshop sessions and related programming, and should plan to spend an additional 50 hours attending professional development offerings, work sessions with their cohort, coaching sessions, artist salons. Artists-in-Residence will also spend a substantial amount of time developing their independent projects.
I’ve already participated in several professional development programs. What is unique about Create Change?
Create Change is not a typical series of professional development workshops. Some of the topics and themes covered every year include: cultural arts organizing, building community partnerships, deep listening and storytelling, understanding public policy, dismantling racism through art, and more. We believe in the tenets of popular education and draw from the immense and diverse knowledge of the cohort participants throughout the program.
This experiential form of learning is central to The LP’s mission and core values, which we imbue in all of our programs. Besides concrete skills and experiential learning opportunities, one of the greatest benefits we offer our artists is a network of like-minded practitioners and supporters.
Do I have to be a “visual artist” or professional practitioner to apply? How do you define a professional artist?
Artists working in any art form are eligible to apply as long as they are interested in community-based art making.
As a community-based program we recognize that there are many accomplished artists who do not identify themselves as “professional artists” and/or do not earn their living solely from art-making. Successful applicants are able to demonstrate a record of artistic experience; and analytical thinking skills to contribute to the collaborative learning environment.
Will there be in-person engagements or will the program take place virtually throughout the duration of 2021?
We are planning for the 2021 Create Change programs to be fully virtual. All of our convening sessions will be scheduled through Zoom or Google Meet alongside engagements across other digital platforms.
What kind of tech access will I need in order to participate?
- Access to reliable and consistent internet connection
- Access to a computer or tablet with camera and a microphone (not a phone if possible)
- A Zoom account set up and familiarity with the features (you can open an account for free here)
- A Google Meet account (you may access it via a gmail account, open a free account here)
Do I have to be based in NYC during the Fellowship or Residency program?
Only artists that are currently based in NYC are eligible to apply for the residency program.
Although the NYC-based artists are preferred for the Fellowship program, we recognize the myriad shifts and impacts of COVID-19 and are accepting applicants who recently transitioned from the city.
May I receive feedback on my application?
Due to the high volume of applicants, we only share feedback with candidates who advance to the interview stage of the application process.