Kemi Ilesanmi

Updated
30 Nov 2016

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Kemi Ilesanmi. Photo by Hollis King.

Kemi Ilesanmi is executive director of New York's The Laundromat Project, which brings art, artists, and arts programming into local coin-operated laundromats and other community spaces to amplify the creativity that already exists within communities. With over 18 years of experience in the cultural arena, Ilesanmi is inspired by the immense possibilities for joy and social impact at the intersection of arts and community. Prior to joining The Laundromat Project, she was director of grants and services at the Creative Capital Foundation, where she supported adventurous American artists. From 1998 to 2004, Ilesanmi was a 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. She holds an MPA from New York University and a BA from Smith College, and is an alumna of the Coro Leadership New York and Arts Leadership Institute programs. Ilesanmi served as a 2015 panelist and a 2016 LOI panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation.