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Create Change Public Artist Residency Program and Professional Development Fellowship

Each year The Laundromat Project invites five artists of color who are interested in the intersection of social justice and art making to participate in their Create Change Public Artist Residency program. As public artists in residence, they mount public art projects in their local laundromats and attend a series of professional development workshops tailored to creating socially engaged art work.


New York, New York: United States

Create Change Professional Development Fellows are able to participate in monthly discussions and workshops designed to help artists deepen their approach to having a socially-engaged creative practice. The benefits of participation include: access to information and resources from both the arts and social justice sectors; opportunity to form a peer network with artists; a peer learning process for work-shopping ideas.

Create Change Public Artists in Residence not only participate in the program’s professional development component, but also are resourced to apply this learning through a site-specific project in their local laundromat. Each public artist in residence is charged with placing art-making in the context of everyday living.


  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 5


  • Application type: Open application
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
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The Laundromat Project, wash[es] away the boundary of art and life, spin[s] the artists and communities together and dries it in realm of social engagement.
— 2010 Create Change Artist in Residence
We are literally trying to create a model of creating something for people by the same people. We're talking about making the means for being creative, for being excellent available to everyone.
— Risë Wilson

Facilities & Services

  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
  • Accessibility: no

Stipends / other support

$3000 honorarium + $1000 materials stipend

Additional expectations / opportunities

Professional development workshop series

Contact Information

275 Macdonough Street
New York, New York 11233
United States