It’s pretty wonderful to think about what can be done in the time frame of a wash and dry cycle. One could sit on their phone and scroll the “news” feed on Facebook, one may read a book, or one could simply just sit there. This 2012 Rocket Grant, which is made possible through the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, has helped bring a variety of projects, programs, performances, events and conversations to the Walnut Place Laundromat; just scroll through the “Byproduct” tag on this website. Over the past few months, Byproduct has explored new ways using spare time as a tool for cultural production; it has given a fresh veneer to an already rich public space.
Something that I wish could be done in the time frame of doing one’s laundry would be a grant application, but alas, they consume a lot of time and effort. This commitment doesn’t always favor the applicant, but sometimes it can “pay off”. I’m happy to announce that Byproduct: The Laundromat has received a grant from the Toyota Alumni Fund administered by The Kentucky Governors School for the Arts and The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. With the help of this additional funding, Byproduct will be able to budget for additional programming, extending the life of the project until fall 2013. Thanks to everyone who has been involved with the project; dirty laundry or not. Also, I would like to give special thanks to Walle, Victoria and Nikki for being wonderful hosts.