The Laundromat Project believes art, culture, and engaged imaginations can change the way people see their world, open them up to new ideas, and connect them with their neighbors. When artists have the opportunity to build and contribute their unique skills and perspectives to the needs of their neighborhoods, they can be invaluable assets in furthering community wellbeing. When the skills and strategies for igniting creativity are made broadly available to everyday people and purposefully applied as tools for visioning a new and better world, these can be powerful forces for positive, transformative change. They know they have been successful when, over time, their neighbors—artists and everyday people, newcomers and old-timers, individually and collectively—become more involved in the civic and cultural affairs of their communities, feel more deeply connected to the places and people where they live and work, and bring a sense of creativity to community concerns.
They amplify the creativity that already exists within communities by using arts and culture to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance their sense of ownership in the places where they live, work, and grow.
They 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.
The Laundromat Project achieves its mission by bringing socially relevant and socially engaged arts programming to laundromats and other everyday community spaces in order to reach as many of their neighbors as possible. They are particularly committed to long-term and sustained investment in communities of color as well as those living on modest incomes.
As they strive to achieve their mission and embody their vision, the following values infuse all of their work. They are:
They see artists as unique connectors who build bridges among disparate ideas, cultures, and points of view. Their ability to bring unconventional perspectives and creative solutions to challenges and situations makes artists dynamic and powerful assets in their communities.
They believe that creativity is best activated where people already are—such as their local laundromat and other everyday spaces—and while addressing the issues they care about most.
They believe arts, culture, and creative expression are powerful engines for turning strangers into neighbors. A community of neighbors helps make the strong, resilient communities in which they all deserve to live. They strive to be good neighbors always.
They are inspired by the diverse, creative, passionate people with whom they work. Even when they face the challenges of inequity or injustice—be they driven by race, class, gender, education, or geography/environment—they believe in the inherent, creative capacity of them all to dream a new world and bring it into being.
Active Listeners and Learners
They do their best work when they listen to understand and learn, not just to hear or recite. Furthermore, learning, like creativity, requires a willingness to experiment, reconsider, and refine. These two skills are cornerstones for creating positive, transformative change.
Collaborative and Cross-Pollinating by Design
They believe in the full creative force of their communities to solve challenges and envision new ways of being. This is powered by working collectively and leveraging the wide-spectrum of experiences, knowledge, and skills each community member brings to and across the table.
Propelled by Love
Their work is fueled by a love of their communities, the principles of justice, and a joy powerful enough to help shape the world they dream of together. Love is a radical and essential tool of power and protest. They embrace it.
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