Artist Talk: Thursday, June 16 at 6:30pm
The Laundromat Project has been producing art in and with communities for more than a decade. Their mission is to unleash the creative potential already in neighborhoods. Kemi Ilesanmi will discuss the LP’s work from a use-value perspective and within the context of the larger, ongoing evolution of community arts organizations nation-wide.
About the Presenter
Kemi Ilesanmi is the Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, which brings arts, artists, and arts programming into everyday spaces, to amplify the creativity that already exists within communities. With nearly two decades experience in the cultural arena, she is inspired by the immense possibilities for joy and social impact at the intersection of arts, justice, and community. Prior to joining The LP, she was Director of Grants and Services at Creative Capital Foundation where she supported the work of American artists making adventurous new work. From 1998-2004, she was visual arts curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. While there, she organized several exhibitions, including The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art, and ran the visual arts residency program. In 2015, she was appointed by the Mayor of New York City to the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. She also serves on the board of EMC Arts. She is a graduate of Smith College, New York University, and Coro Leadership New York.
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