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Dear Friends,

Thank you for all of your support this year. 2011 marked a year of remarkable growth for The LP and our capacity to bring more joy to more people. We reached over 5,000 people from every walk of life, our Create Change artists have gone on to impact communities across the globe, and 52 people donated almost 2000 hours of their time and talent to The LP this year. As we prepare for the new year, we know that we haven’t even scratched the surface of what we hope to do, or can do…with your help.

Help us jumpstart 2012 in one of four ways. At the beginning of next year we will open our call for applications to our Create Change program, which will support 7 artists of color in New York and Philadelphia and offer up to 15 artists the opportunity to deepen their socially-engaged artistic practices. And, through our Works in Progress program we will host weekend workshops at Studio Museum's Target Free Sundays in January, February, and March.

No contribution is too small and donations of any size make a difference.

4 WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT THE LP THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

1.     Throw cash. Yes, we are shameless. It’s that time of year when we have only a few weeks to meet our year end goal. Our target is to raise $10,000 by Dec 31 and we’re confident supporters like you can help us get there.

2.     Buy a limited edition print for someone special. Looking for an exceptional gift for someone on your list? Did you miss our past Soapbox events when each edition was unveiled? It’s not too late to purchase works by Jayson Keeling, Rudy Shepherd, and Mickalene Thomas.
 
3.     Donate an item from our “wish list.” Powered by Amazon, you can choose from art supplies, office equipment, and more. When you resource our programs and staff with the supplies they need to operate, we have more cash to focus on serving more communities.
 
4.     Sign up to volunteer. We are always looking for everyday people to get involved with The LP. Whether you are someone who has never set foot in an art studio or have a long background in the arts, whether you have professional skills you would like to offer or simply an extra set of hands—your time is money and we appreciate any time you can give to advance this mission.

SOME OF OUR MOST INSPIRING MOMENTS

Hector Canonge's The Inwood Laundromat Language Institute
Hector Canonge (CC ‘10) teaches ESOL to his neighbors through his project The Inwood Laundromat Language Institute.
In 2011 our programs reached over 5,000 people from every walk of life. From laundromats in Harlem, Bed-Stuy, Jersey City, Washington Heights, and Woodside to the New Museum's Festival of Ideas and Weeksville’s lovely lawn – we were able to offer more than 5000 people the opportunity to envision where and how they want to live and work, and to discover a range of creative talents many didn’t know they had. Learn More>>
With The LP  and Asian Arts Initiative, Michael Premo and Rachel Falcone bring their project "Housing is a Human Right" to Philadelphia's Chinatown
Michael Premo (CC ’09) and Rachel Falcone bring Housing is a Human Right to Philadelphia.
Create Change artists have gone on to impact communities across the globe with projects they began in our annual public art residency program. In partnership with Asian Arts Initiative and The LP, CC ‘09 alum Michael Premo brought Housing is a Human Right to Philadelphia's Chinatown this past summer, after previous runs in New Orleans and South Africa. CC ‘10 alum Bayeté Ross Smith piloted Got the Power during his residency, which he has since traveled to Baltimore and Minnesota. Learn more>>>
Sew Pieces of Harlem at The Laundry Room
LP Faculty Maya Valladares makes quilting easy as pieces.
Our programs engage every generation of the communities where we work. Our staff and teaching faculty provide a gateway for little ones to discover how much talent and possibility they have, and for adults of all ages to reconnect with their own creativity. Learn more>>>
LP Faculty Shani Peters with volunteers
LP Faculty Shani Peters (center) poses with volunteers.
52 people donated almost 2000 hours of their time and talent to The LP this year. Bringing new energy, new ideas, and a generosity of spirit that embodies the spirit of ‘neighborliness’ our programs are intended to facilitate, our public programs and day-to-day operations would not have been possible without this year's volunteers. Learn more>>>

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The Laundromat Project has been made possible through the generosity of individual supporters like you, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the ARTOGRAPHY program of Leveraging Investments in Creativity, Brooklyn Arts Council, Buddy Taub Foundation, Ford/Partners for Livable Communities, Echoing Green, Lambent Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Laundry Room, the Union Square Art Awards, Materials for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Puffin Foundation.

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