Monday, January 26, 2009

The Laundromat Project

Deadline: February 20, 2009 (RECEIVE)

2009 Create Change Public Artist Residency Program

The Laundromat Project
Brooklyn & Harlem, New York
May and October 2009

The Laundromat Project is a community based arts organization committed to the well-being of communities of color living on low incomes. We understand that creativity is a central component of healthy human beings, vibrant neighborhoods and thriving economies. Every year we mount public art projects throughout New York City. By bringing art to where our neighbors
already are (everyone has to do their laundry), we aim to raise the quality of life in our community. We are currently seeking proposals for our next round of public art projects.

Every year our Create Change program invites artists to mount public art projects in laundromats throughout Brooklyn and Harlem as a way of increasing the quality of life in communities of color living on low incomes.

Create Change is a six month public art residency program developed to connect communities and artists of color in
meaningful ways. As a 2009 Create Change artist you will place art-making in the context of everyday living by:
  • producing a site-specific, socially relevant installation at your local laundromat

  • engaging your fellow laundry patrons as participants in your creative process;

  • increasing your own visibility as an artist and a neighbor in the area you call home

The Laundromat Project provides the following to each Create Change public artist resident:
 A modest stipend
 A materials budget to complete your Create Change project.
 Professional development specific to creating public works
 Opportunity to meet with other area artists to brainstorm ideas about your project
 Projects will be featured on The Laundromat Project’s website
 Community celebration featuring your work at the end of the residency cycle

Create Change is open to artists of color living in Brooklyn or Harlem who are available to fully participate in residency activities between May and October 2009. You may work in any medium as long as you can adapt your creative practice to a site-specific project for your local laundromat. You may not be enrolled as a full-time student.

The Create Change program invites you to use your creative practice as a vehicle to build relationships with and among your neighbors.

To learn more about the Create Change program, download an application and get answers to frequently asked questions by visiting

Email submissions are highly preferred.