“Cleaner” Art for Social Change
This is a commentary on the social experiment – The Laundromat Project.
I discovered this unique, creative platform for community building today and was compelled to write about it.
Founded by artist and social entrepreneur, Risë Wilson, The Laundromat Project is rooted in the belief that art and cultural participation serves as an important pathway to civic engagement.
The organization creates socially relevant arts programming that is physically, conceptually and financially accessible to residents of the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and Harlem communities (New York), offering the programming in a functioning laundromat.
Wilson believes art can inspire people to improve their communities. She says, “Before you can make lasting change, you have to know firsthand that there are extraordinary possibilities in even the most mundane and bleak circumstances.”
Too frequently, we forget how powerful the creative mind can be. Programs like The Laundromat Project provide us with a reason to come together and make a difference in the world.
It is likely that this Project – and others like it – will find its way to other communities around the world.
I’m certainly inspired.
Learn more about The Laundromat Project by clicking here.