Kemi Ilesanmi

Updated
30 Nov 2016

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Kemi Ilesanmi. Photo by Hollis King.

Kemi Ilesanmi is executive director of The Laundromat Project, which advances artists and neighbors as change agents in their own communities. With 20 years of experience in the cultural arena, she is inspired by the immense possibilities for joyful justice at the intersection of arts and community. Prior to joining The Laundromat Project, 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. In 2015, she was appointed by the Mayor of New York City to the Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and has served as chair since 2020. She has been honored by the Metropolitan Museum and Project for Empty Space and serves on the boards of the Joan Mitchell Foundation and The Broad Room, as well as advisory boards for Brooklyn Public Library, Smith College Museum of Art, Black Arts Future Fund, Indigo Arts Alliance, and WNET All Arts. A graduate of Smith College, NYU, and Coro New York Leadership Center, she is also a Sterling Network Fellow. Ilesanmi served as a Center panelist in Exhibitions & Public Interpretation in 2020 and 2015 and as an EPI LOI panelist 2016.