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When a Harlem-based group of artists and community activists wanted to make a difference in their local neighborhoods, they looked for a space that was already being used by the community and had gathering potential. And then they stumbled upon a laundromat.
The nonprofit group, now officially called the Laundromat Project, aims to "raise the quality of life for people whose incomes do not guarantee broad access to mainstream arts and cultural facilities."
With the help of local and artists participating in their own residency programs, the group sets up daily in a number of laundromats and provides public arts education and programming including sidewalk art, painting, and screen printing -- each in laundry-cycle intervals.
For more information, check out the Laundromat Project website.