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Sincethe Harlem-based organization has worked to make more folks feel included in the art world and bring creative projects directly into the already high-trafficked spaces like laundromats and public plazas, while also developing its own slate of artists.
What is Laundromat project about a laundromat that makes for a different art experience than a gallery or a museum? We also bring art to a space where you meet people where they are, bringing art into everyday life.
It just opens up the possibilities that art becomes a part of our lives rather than sort of reserved for a space like a museum or a gallery or for people who the world calls an "artist.
The Laundromat Project has been doing consistent programming for a decade. Everybody needs to do their laundry, laundry is a given for everyone. Our tagline is "Make art. How much is this event in response to current events?
How do you hold space, how do you share space, what do you consider a place of refuge, in both a metaphoric and symbolic and literal way as well? At this particular moment in time, the idea of sanctuary resonates even more highly than it normally might.
We work with artists of color, we work with immigrant communities, we work with LGBT communities. Our artists really do look like New York City in many amazing and beautiful ways. Where can we meet up together?
How can we connect as humans in this time? What does the idea of "safe space" or "sanctuary" mean to you?
For me, a safe space is where you can just share your concerns, your fears. You can get support, you can share your joy literally where you just express who you are and what you do in a free and unanchored way.
For me, it always comes from a space of having to react to precarity, especially for communities that are marginalized, whether that be people of color or LGBTQIA.
The theme of "sanctuary" very naturally and organically rose to the top as something that seemed to resonate at this moment for the community of artists that we serve, and by extension the community that we serve through them.
What at this moment in time does it look like to build community together as a space of safety, as a space of turning to each other for strength and for resources and for affirmation?
What kind of action do you hope the event inspires in people, or what kind of message do you want them to leave with? Because accountability is something The Laundromat Project is really interested in, I hope that people will think, how can I step up to this moment?
What does it mean to me personally to create sanctuary? Are you worried at all that we might be losing laundromats as a truly common space in New York City? Many have been disappearing due to real estate prices while many new buildings come equipped with their own laundry facilities.
What you see is something to be considered as different folks are [coming] in the neighborhood and different agendas are being pushed. Do we need to have another restaurant on the corner that serves wood-fired pizza? How do we play an active role of being in that process and making our needs vocal?
Tim Donnelly is a Brooklyn-based freelance journalist and former editor of Brokelyn.Stories of LP. See & hear real life stories of hope from the Laundry Project. Ruthanne Kladder helps a Grand Traverse County Laundry Project client get a dryer running at the Garfield Plaza Laundromat.
Kladder and Betsy Calcutt spend two mornings each month helping people.
The Laundromat Project November 8 at AM · On Saturday, November 10th, The LP's Executive Director, Kemi Ilesanmi, along with other trailblazers in the arts who aim to promote and sustain black cultural spaces will be participating in a talk at the Brooklyn Museum from 1pm-4pm.5/5(2).
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