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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 LPs work work from a use-value perspective and within the context of the larger, ongoing evolution of community arts organizations nation-wide.

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.

From its inception, WPA has been an artist service organization. The Professional Practices Series, previously called No Artist Left Behind, offers 6-8 workshops per year that teach artists business skills, provide valuable career and practical advice, and expose them to new skills and techniques that can help them grow or refine their artistic practice. WPA strives to offer information that goes beyond the basics and addresses the needs of artists at every phase of their career. WPA Professional Practices workshops are always free to WPA members.


Special thanks to the City Fund for their support of Professional Practices: On the Usefulness of Art Fairs.

Washington Project For the Arts Inc. is supported by the City Fund, which works to make the District of Columbia a more healthy, stable, and vibrant place to live for all its residents. The City Fund is administered by The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

June 16th, 2016 6:30 PM   through   8:00 PM