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.
> The 2020 Create Change Open Call for residency applications is now closed. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when we’re accepting applications for the following cycle.
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. Additionally, the residency program is open to artists of color working in communities of color. It requires a significant time commitment as artists are expected to develop collaborative projects in community amongst neighbors, local stakeholders, and community organizations.
The Residency offers a $15,000 honoraria and up to $5,000 in project production, a series of six workshop trainings, monthly cohort coaching sessions, professional development mentorship, and a network of 160+ alumni artists and cultural producers. Rudy Shepard, Stephanie Dinkins, Salome Asega, The Black School, Micheal Premo, Tattfoo Tan, LaTasha Nevada N. Diggs, Chinatown Art Brigade, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, and more.
Up to 3 Create Change Residents will be selected to participate in the 2020 program. This year’s program has been reshaped into a practice-based lab around The Laundromat Project’s pedagogical framework for community arts engagement. Our approach is one that centers a cooperative approach, where artist projects are co-created in partnership with community members and local organizations.
Cultural organizing as a practice, as a pedagogy, as an artistic methodology, de-centers the self. It de-centers the ego, and allows for there to be a collaborative connection with community.
― Ebony Noelle Golden, Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative
Cultural organizing is central to our learning praxis and the projects we support. Our aim is to develop new strategies and ideas around equitable community engagement and public-facing creative practices. We support residents by offering individualized project incubation and mentorship to strengthen their projects, learning, and discovery. The Create Change Residency is an experimental platform, and we invite participants to explore new areas of artistic practice and methods of research.
…we are each other’s harvest:
we are each other’s business:
we are each other’s magnitude and bond.
– Gwendolyn Brooks
The Laundromat Project commits to practicing abundance as a pathway to imagining more for ourselves and our communities. Claiming abundance is a personal and political commitment, especially for communities of color in this historical moment. From a place of self-determination and care, the Create Change program is an invitation to show up as each other’s harvest, business, magnitude, and bond.
As the theme of our 2020 program, we will collectively explore: What does it mean to make art and build community with abundance as a foundation? What does change look like if we are all invested in the advancement of POC artists and communities? How can we cultivate the resources, knowledge, and relationships needed for our communities to thrive? In other words, we believe creative visions, ideas, and actions can fuel new ways of making positive change in the world.
We are looking for artists, cultural producers, and makers of all creative disciplines, backgrounds, and experiences to practice abundance through the co-creation of community-based art projects in NYC.
2020 Open Call
- Application Open: September 19
- Application Closes: October 20 (11:59pm ET)
- First Round November 4 – 13: Digital interview with LP Staff
- Second Round November 23: Project presentation to a jury panel of art professionals
- Decision Notification: Early December 2019
- Announcement: January 2020
- September 26: Webinar Session via Youtube
- October 9: Live Session at The LP Harlem Office (127 West 127th Street)
If you missed this year’s Info Sessions, you can watch our YouTube webinar here
- The Artist-in-Residence program offers a total of $20,000 in financial support for the program: $15,000 artist honoraria and up to $5,000 towards project production costs.
- The 2020 cohort will receive a mentor to provide one-to-one support with their professional development and project development. This mentorship is in addition to the cohort coaching sessions with LP staff and program faculty.
Eligible Residency candidates:
- Are in alignment with The LP’s values, POC-centered principles, and practicing abundance statement
- 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-based art project
- Are familiar with the cultural history and local issues impacting the neighborhood they are proposing to work with
Who should apply to the Artist-in-Residence program?
- Create Change Fellowship alumni are highly encouraged to apply to the Residency program
- Artists with strong ideas and strategies towards initiating or building upon an existing community-based project
- Artists that are eager to develop their individual artistic practices by incorporating social engagement tools
- Artist and activist collectives, both newly formed or those with a long history of place-based activations, are encouraged to apply
- Artists interested in producing a collaborative and community-responsive public art work
Not necessarily. We realize 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.
As our flagship program, 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 and explore various approaches to collaborative 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 will be able to demonstrate that they have a record of relevant artistic experience; a solid creative practice; and analytical thinking skills to offer to workshop discussions.
The Create Change Fellowship is not a typical series of professional development workshops. Some of the topics and themes covered every year include: cultural organizing and community organizing, building local partnerships, deep listening skills, policy approaches for artists, sustaining one’s practice, and communication strategies. Our workshops are led by experts from the arts, community organizing, policy, and other related fields. We also believe in the tenets of popular education and draw from the immense and diverse knowledge of the Fellows themselves, whenever possible.
This Fellowship also allows artists to learn by doing while creating a project collaboratively with other Fellows and community members. This powerful and 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 making socially engaged and relevant art across mediums.
The LP’s rich network includes local and national peers, activists, arts professionals, curators, funders, and change agents and over 50 Create Change alumni living and working in New York’s five boroughs and nearby cities like Jersey City, Yonkers and Philadelphia. Upon completion of this program, all Fellows receive a certificate and become eligible for
exclusive alumni opportunities, such as LP grants and commissions for future creative projects
No, applicants currently enrolled in degree-seeking programs are not eligible for the Create Change program.
No, the Create Change program it open to artists of all creative disciplines who are interested in community-based art making.
Yes, we encourage Residency applicants to propose works-in-progress and are happy to amplify existing community engagement projects.
Yes, artist collectives/collaborative are encouraged to apply and should select one member to submit the application on behalf of the group.