Incorporated in 2005, The Laundromat Project brings socially relevant and socially engaged arts programming to laundromats and other community spaces to amplify the creativity that already exists within neighborhoods.
We envision a world in which artists are understood as valuable assets in every community and everyday people know the power of their own creative capacity to transform their lives, their relationships, and their surroundings.
This November, we launch our second annual People Powered $10K Challenge, a grassroots fundraiser where our friends ask 10 people to give $10 or more, all within 10 days. Together, we’ll raise $10,000 or more for People Powered art across NYC, and beyond!
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(how to) make friends, make a scene, make things happen, and fall in love with your neighborhood is based on Meta Local’s ongoing project, Boogie Down Rides. Participants are invited to consider the act of riding a bike as a form of performance and community-engaged action. Download PDF This is part of Meta Local Collaborative’s […]
Make Things (Happen) is a participatory project organized by Christine Wong Yap featuring 29 artist-created activity sheets to make things or make things happen. Artists: Lauren F. Adams, Oliver Braid, Maurice Carlin, Kevin B. Chen, Torreya Cummings, Helen de Main, double zero, Bean Gilsdorf, Galeria Rusz, Sarrita Hunn, Maria Hupfield, Nick Lally, Justin Langlois, […]
Project Description It is often said that water is New York City’s “sixth borough.” Historically, the working waterfront was a site for commerce and development that shaped the character of the city forever. Today, much of New York City has shifted away from shipping and manufacturing on the waters edge as the city grapples […]
By Elizabeth Hamby for NAMAC The narrative of artists in neighborhoods often follows an arc that goes something like this: artists, in search of space to live and work cheaply, move to an industrial/low-income/out-of-the-way neighborhood. Real estate values rise, and all of a sudden the industry/low-income housing that made the area affordable, disappear, people are […]
Process and Progress: The Bronx River was produced in a partnership between Meta Local Collaborative & The Bronx River Alliance. It included an exhibition and a series of public programs focusing on the past, the present and the future of the Bronx River. Meta Local installed at the Bronx River Art Center, a large timeline with a selection of images, videos, ephemera from the archives of the Bronx River Alliance. The images traced changes to the spaces along the river revisited past restoration and recreation plans, and considered the river’s present state and plans for its future.
Elizabeth Hamby is an artist and an educator working between the studio, the classroom, and the city. She is a member of Meta Local, an art collective that investigates the dynamics of urban space, and is one of the founders of Boogie Down Rides, a bicycling and art project in the Bronx. Recent projects include Urban Layers, a web-based collaborative platform for urban writing, mapping and media; Process and Progress: Drew Manahan, Meta Local Collaborative, and the Bronx River Alliance, at the Bronx River Art Center; and Mind the Gap-La Brecha as part of the Create Change Artist Residency at the Laundromat Project. Ms. Hamby is currently participating in the Artists as Arts Workers Residency program at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, as well as an unofficial residency at the Museum of the City of New York, where she coordinates the Neighborhood Explorers afterschool program. Elizabeth Hamby holds a BA in Cultural Studies and Philosophy from Eugene Lang College and a BFA in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design. She lives and works in the Bronx.
Underwater New York is a digital journal of writing, art and music inspired by real-life objects found in the waterways of NYC. In conjunction with “Process and Progress,” UNY has invited three writers with strong ties to the Bronx to write original fiction or poetry around surprising once-submerged Bronx River finds like a piano, a human skull, a horse trailer and more.