The Laundromat Project’s flagship Create Change Artist-in-Residence program supports the development of participatory and community-attuned creative projects by artists of color working within their communities. Projects may take place anywhere in the five boroughs either in person or virtually, 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.
As a POC-centered organization, our perspective is deeply informed by and embedded in the voices, cultures, histories, perspectives, and leadership of communities of color. It requires a significant time commitment as Artists-in-Residence are expected to develop collaborative projects in community through partnerships and engagement with neighbors, local stakeholders, and community organizations. Artists 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.
The Residency offers a $15,000 honorarium and up to $5,000 in project production, a series of 12 workshop training sessions taken alongside the Create Change Fellows, monthly cohort coaching sessions, professional development mentorship, and a network of 170+ alumni artists and cultural producers. Rudy Shepard, Stephanie Dinkins, Salome Asega, Chloë Bass, The Black School, Michael Premo, Tattfoo Tan, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Chinatown Art Brigade, and more
The residency is a year-long program that runs from January to December. Each Artist-in-Residence will receive a $15,000 honorarium and up to $5,000 for project production.
The program schedule includes the following:
- 10 workshop trainings
- Individual and group coaching sessions on cultural organizing
- Public program opportunities to feature each artists work
- Monthly meetings with LP program staff
- Studio sessions with leading curators, artists, activists, and scholars
- A mentor to support the development of your project and creative practice at large
2021 Open Call
Deadline Extension: October 20, 2020 (11:59PM EDT)
Applications Open: September 16
Info Session: October 1
Deadline Extension: October 20
Residency Interviews: November 13
Fellowship Group Interview: November 14
Decision Notification: Early December
Ideal candidates have experience with developing collaborative or community-based projects. They demonstrate an alignment with LP values, have a background in community organizing and outreach strategies, and are at a catalytic moment within their creative practices.
Eligible Residency candidates:
- Are in alignment with The LP’s values an POC-centered principles
- Are at least 21 years of age
- Have a creative practice that demonstrates a record of public engagement in their creative practice
- Demonstrate an interest or practice in socially and community engaged art
- Live in one of the five boroughs
- Are committed to co-creating a community art project
- Are familiar with the cultural history and local issues impacting the neighborhood with which they are proposing to work
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.