Creative Action Fund
The Creative Action Fund (CAF), launched in April 2020, is a micro-grant initiative to seed the ideas and civic actions of our Create Change alumni network. This fund is a critical part of our vision to make sustained investments in our growing artist network through supporting their artmaking, leadership, and professional growth.
Meet the Artists
Cycle 2 CAF Awardees: December 2020
Bronx Fathers Project Resource Center
Bronx Fathers Project Resource Center is an online database of videos; workshops; lists of safe, free events and places; art therapy activities; mental and physical challenges; and engaging, fun, educational, and bilingual games that fathers can play to create good memories with their children during quarantine.
Island Table Series
Claro de los Reyes and the Atlantic Pacific Theatre (APT) will present “Island Table Series: A Play Festival Presenting a Menu of Short Plays Inspired by Global Cuisine and History.” Join APT for a Zoom theatre event that spotlights diverse playwrights creating drama in conversation with the living history of cuisine and food traditions.
Kipi Recordante/Recording Kipi
Kipi Recordante/Recording Kipi is an artist book traveling across time and space with particular ritual instructions, meant to be harvested by the artists’ 8 nieces and nephews when each turns 18 years old. The book will be sowed underground, containing an array of visual and aural languages, including portraits of the artists and a record of their lived experience interwoven with interpretations of our current times.
Fernanda and Raúl were 2015 Commissions Artists with The LP. Raúl was a 2013 Create Change Fellow.
Film as Cultural Work: A Peer Study
Film as Cultural Work: A Peer Study cultivates a subversive space dedicated to collectivizing knowledge in filmmaking and cultural work. It amalgamates this political with the cultural—collectively developing a film teaching/learning curriculum that as extension of political praxis.
The Dream Exchange
In an effort to find common ground and begin the process of healing in The Rockaways—a community divided by economics, race politics, and culture—the artist will ask people in her community to share their dreams for their families, their community, and their country over Zoom. With their permission and their recordings, she will reflect the stories back to participants using art made and inspired by them.
Let There Be Light
Dionis Ortiz will construct a kaleidoscopic abstract collage using enamel paint on vinyl floor tile patterns. Using materials that symbolize the immigrant experience and the varied skin colors in the artist’s family and Dominican community, Dionis will also provide opportunities for engagement through live artist talks.
Nói (“speak”) explores five animated interviews of Vietnamese youth organizers and professionals in Houston, Texas. The interviews explore narratives in the third largest Vietnamese community in the United States.
Tofu Riot, aka Jiny Ung, was a 2010 Create Change Artist-in-Residence with The LP. Learn more about her work.
We Are the Fabric
“Whose labor is valued? It is often assumed that womxn of color artists must save the world and that we don’t need to get paid right, because our labor is invisible, underpaid, unpaid, a labor of love.”
We Are the Fabric employs digital and analog art-making and artworker organizing to render connections between womxn’s work and labor movements through a series of arresting mixed media collages, short videos, and memes to build womxn’s collective voice.
Katherine Toukhy was a 2014 Create Change Fellow and 2016 Commissions Artist with The LP. She was also commissioned in 2019 by The LP and Park Avenue Armory to create work—which included an iteration of We Are the Fabric—for the exhibition 100 Years | 100 Women. Learn more about Katherine.
Cycle 1 CAF Awardees: April 2020
- Project: The Free Black Women’s Library (TFBWL) Short Story Time Series
- Create Change Fellow, 2015, and Commissions Artist, 2017
- Project: Collaboration with Voices of Lefferts and Flatbush United Mutual Aid
- Create Change Fellows, 2019