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SOAPBOX is The Laundromat Project’s spirited and art-filled annual benefit. The evening includes delicious beverages and hors d’oeuvres, live DJ, exclusive special edition print, silent auction, and fun art experiences.

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Wednesday, May 31st


Center for Architecture

536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012

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Dr. Deborah Willis and Hank Willis Thomas
Award for Art in Community


Kameelah Janan Rasheed
Alumni Award for Art in Community

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Honorary Chair:

Teresita Fernandez

Saeed Jones


Featured Print Edition by:

Saya Woolfalk


Music By:

DJ April Hunt



Follow the Facebook event page and The LP’s instagram for teasers leading up to the event. We’ll be announcing more special guests and exciting experiences you can expect at the event.


Check out some of the photos from SOAPBOX 2016 here.



Deborah_Willis_photo_HankThomasSrDeborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on photography and imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation, contemporary women photographers and beauty. Among her numerous awards, she received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.



HWT_headshot_by_Andrea_blanch-120Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, The International Center of Photography, Public Art Fund, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Studio Museum in Harlem, Musée du quai Branly, and the Cleveland Museum of Art among others. Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Collaborative projects include Question Bridge: Black Males and In Search Of The Truth. In 2015 Thomas cofounded For Freedoms, the first artist run super PAC, which was awarded the 2017 Infinity Award for New Media and Online Platform.


Processed with VSCO with c3 presetKameelah Janan Rasheed  (2013 Create Change Fellow) is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, former high school public school teacher, and writer working in installation, photography, printmaking, publications, and performance. In addition to her full-time work as a social studies curriculum developer for New York public schools, she is currently an artist-in-residence at Smack Mellon and on the faculty in the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts. She has exhibited her work at Jack Shainman Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, among others. Rasheed has forthcoming solo and group shows in Philadelphia, Boston, Portland, and New York City for 2017 as well as 2018.

Featured Print Artist

portraitSaya Woolfalk (Japan, 1979) is a New York based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. With the multi year projects No Place, The Empathics, and ChimaTEK, Woolfalk has created the world of the Empathics, a fictional race of women who are able to alter their genetic make-up and fuse with plants. With each body of work, Woolfalk continues to build the narrative of these women’s lives, and questions the utopian possibilities of cultural hybridity. Her first solo museum show The Empathics was on view at the Montclair Art Museum in the Fall of 2012. Her second solo museum exhibition ChimaTEK Life Products was on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art in the fall 2014. She recently completed a new video installation commission for the Seattle Art Museum, and is a recipient of a NYFA grant in Digital/Electronic Arts. She is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, NYC and teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at Parsons: The New School for Design.

Special Performance by Somi

We are thrilled to announce that acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Somi will join us in Imagining More, with a special performance at SOAPBOX! Don’t miss your chance to experience this one-of-a-kind performance. Purchase your ticket to SOAPBOX before it’s too late!


SomiWidely acknowledged as both artist and scholar, Somi is a TED Senior Fellow, an inaugural Association of Performing Arts Presenters Fellow, a former Artist-in-Residence at Park Avenue Armory, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and Baryshnikov Arts Center. She is also the founder of New Africa Live, a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the very best of contemporary African artists working in the performance, visual, and literary arts. Also celebrated for her activism, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon recently asked Somi to perform at the United Nations’ General Assembly in commemoration of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Last year, she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall alongside Hugh Masekela, Dave Matthews, and Vusi Mahlesela in celebration of 20 years of South African democracy.

Special Edition Print by Saya Woolfalk



The Laundromat Project is thrilled to present a special edition print by Saya Woolfalk. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist.


Archival pigment print on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper

24 x 18 inches

Edition of 20

Courtesy of the Artist



Reserve your print now:


Host Committee

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Event Chairs

Dr. Erika Faust

Rasu Jilani

Curtis D. Young



Naomi Beckwith

Tresell Davis

Stephanie Dinkins

Marcus Ellington

Dr. Erika Faust

Ali Goldstein Norup

Sophie Henderson

Rasu Jilani

Julie Simon, Chair

Dexter Wimberly

Curtis D. Young



Risë Wilson



Affinnity Health Plan

GCJ Management, LLC

Joan Mitchell Foundation

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Shelley & Donald

Rubin Foundation

Tito’s Handmade Vodka


Wine & Spirits Magazine

*list in formation*

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Host Committee

Gonzalo Casals

Katie Dixon

Kimberly Drew

John E. Ellis, M.D.


Rachel Ferguson

Richard Flood

Gavin Brown’s enterprise

Susan & Chris Gifford

Thelma Golden

Agnes Gund

Catherine Gund

Kathy Halbreich

Alex & Paul Herzan

Kirk Hudson

Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Colleen Keegan

Steve Kest

Nefertari Kirkman-Bey

Thomas J. Lax

Glenn Ligon

Franck J. Litzler

Ray A. Llanos

Adam MacLean

Brian Tate

Larry Ossei-Mensah

Shonali Saha, M.D.

Antwaun Sargent

Sarah Schultz

Eddie Torres

Eugenie Tsai

Nicola Vassell

Tiana Webb Evans

Merele Williams Adkins

Risë Wilson

Katherine Wilson-Milne

*list in formation*



Host Committee Levels

The Laundromat Project cordially invites you to join us at one of the following host committee levels:


$25,000 Investor

($21,500 is tax deductible) 12 VIP tickets; SOAPBOX limited edition print by Saya Woolfalk; full-page color ad in program book; sponsors two community members to attend. VIP Tickets include an invitation to the private pre-benefit reception.


$10,000 Stakeholder

($7,000 is tax deductible)10 VIP tickets; SOAPBOX limited edition print by Saya Woolfalk; full-page color ad in program book; sponsors two community members to attend. VIP Tickets include an invitation to the private pre-benefit reception.


$5,000 Placekeeper

($3,000 is tax deductible) 8 VIP tickets; SOAPBOX limited edition print by Saya Woolfalk; half-page ad in event program; sponsors two community members to attend. VIP Tickets include an invitation to the private pre-benefit reception.


$2,500 Block Captain

($1,750 is tax deductible) 6 VIP tickets; Select LP print ($250 value); sponsors a community member to attend. VIP Tickets include an invitation to the private pre-benefit reception.


$1,000 Organizer

($700 is tax deductible) 4 VIP tickets; sponsors a community member to attend. VIP Tickets include an invitation to the private pre-benefit reception.


$500 Neighbor

($375 is tax deductible) 3 standard tickets; sponsors a community member to attend. VIP Tickets include an invitation to the private pre-benefit reception.

ham-FBEnter A Raffle for a Chance to See Hamilton: An American Musical


What better way to imagine more than by winning coveted orchestra level tickets for two to see the ultimate musical about imagining more—Hamilton: An American Musical—plus special backstage tour lead by a cast member of the show, dinner for two, and a one night hotel stay in midtown Manhattan. By purchasing raffle tickets, you will also help The Laundromat Project raise $100K for our SOAPBOX 2017 benefit in support of community-based artists and art-making.


Don’t miss your shot! Visit our SOAPBOX Hamilton Ticket Raffle page to purchase your tickets for a chance to win an opportunity to see Hamilton: An American Musical on June 13th, 7PM at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and enjoy dinner for two at Glass House Tavern in the Theater District.  The raffle closes on Friday, June 2, at 11:59PM, and the winner will be notified on Saturday, June 3.


Can’t make it to our SOAPBOX 2017 benefit? Don’t worry, you can still participate in the raffle.



6ea857de9203426a941614c60eea75e6Bid Now on our SOAPBOX Auction Art & Experiences! From our celebrated 2017 SOAPBOX honorees, to our Create Change Artists, and the communities The LP works alongside every day, we are collectively exploring what it means to Imagine More! These offerings will compel you to dream of new possibilities, while also supporting the artists and communities who inspire us everyday.


Your bid on any of these one-of-a-kind imaginative experiences and help The Laundromat Project raise $100K to support community-based artists and artmaking.


Join the Host Committee


Buy Your Tickets

Make A Donation


Make a Donation

Can’t make it on May 31, but still want to support our work? Help sustain our programs by making a tax-deductible donation.

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