The Laundromat Project

Betty Yu was a 2012 Create Change Public Artist-in-Residence with the Laundromat Project.  The Laundromat Project is a community-based non-profit arts organization committed to the well-being of people of color living on low incomes. As an Artist-in-Residence, Betty conducted art, media and digital storytelling workshops out of a neighborhood based Laundromat in Sunset Park where she grew up.  

The project allowed a space for community members to tell and record their own stories and to have a informal place for community dialogue about issues that impact their lives.

As a part of this Project, Betty exhibited, "The Garment Worker" an interactive media installation in of the Laundromat itself.  The artist used her own family's stories as a point of departure, hosting public workshops and teaching residents to capture oral histories that focuses on working conditions.  Visitors were invited to interact with a sewing machine that triggered audio and video documentation of working conditions in the garment industry.

Here's a video that recaps Betty's Residency at the Sunset Park laundromat.