A laundromat is a place of cleanliness, relaxation, and renewal. For most, Sunday is laundry day and typically involves a day mixed with laziness as well as productivity. Renewal, an event that took place at the Walnut Place Laundromat (11/10/13) consisted of a schedule of activities, programs, and services that sought to enhance the experience of the everyday chore of laundry.
Renewal was a program designed by St. Louis based artist Alex Elmestad and is in conjunction with Byproduct: The Laundromat a project organized by Sean Starowitz, which aims to cultivate a deeper understanding of socially-engaged art practice in Kansas City. Through small-scale tutorials, invited conversations, and site-specific projects (during which program attendees actually do their laundry), Byproduct connects audiences that are interested in art that involves the community in unexpected ways: art goers, supporters, artists, and the immediate community. All programming will take place at Walnut Place Laundromat, an unusual venue for such an event, but one that Starowitz hopes will challenge the notion of traditional art spaces.