The Laundromat Project announced on Tuesday its 2019 Create Change cohort, marking another year for the organization’s flagship program. This year’s participants include five artists-in-residence and 12 fellows, who will all develop works around the central theme of abundance.
“Building on learnings drawn from our two-year exploration of the theme of sanctuary, this year the cohort will investigate the theme of abundance as a pathway to imagine more for ourselves and our communities,” reads a statement on the Laundromat Project’s website. “Through abundance, we know that we are many, we are more than enough, and that our communities encompass everything we need to work towards an equitable future. ”
Artists in the residency program will create site-specific pieces that socially engage the community through creative practice. Developed over the duration of six months to a year, each project will correspond with a unique location determined by the artist.
This year’s six-month-long fellowship will revolve around an “anchor neighborhood” in the Hunts Point/Longwood area of the South Bronx, one of the three areas (including Bedstuy and Harlem) at the center of the Laundromat Project’s mission. Throughout the course of the fellowship, artists will work to craft community-based pieces that look toward those already embedded in the culture of the neighborhood as resources.
Here’s the full list of the 2019 Create Change participants:
Create Change Artists-in-Residence:
Chinatown Arts Brigade, “Here to Stay: Housing for the People Mapping Project”
Seyi Adebanjo, “Afromystic Experimental Project”
Ariana Faye Allensworth, “Staying Power: A Youth Participatory Action Research Project”
Bianca Mońa, “An Oral History Investigation of Abundance”
Jeviijoe Vitug, “The Tunnel Mobile Karaoke”
Create Change Fellows:
Jessica Kerubo Angima, meditation and writing
Allison Arteaga, drawing, photography, digital design
Ann Bennett, filmmaker
Lionel Cruet, sound and audio-visual installations
Tasha Douge, radio, curation, mixed media
Josiah Valle Ellis, painting, sculpture, film, poetry
Shaniece Frank, writing, comic books
Jennifer Jones, printmaking, ceramics, photography
Ari Melenciano, speculative design, experimental pedagogy, spatial computing
Siyona Ravi, film, writing
Karla Robinson, poetry, participatory public altar installations
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, sculpture, architecture, site-specific interventions, digital drawing