Kemi Ilesanmi is inspired by the immense possibilities for joy and positive change at the intersection of arts, activism and community. She is currently the Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, a community-based arts organization that strives to improve and expand the quality of lives in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods of color across greater New York City by bringing art & artists into their neighborhood coin-ops.
Prior to joining The LP, she was Director of Grants and Services at Creative Capital Foundation where she supported the work of adventurous American artists making new work. From 1998-2004, she 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 is holds a Masters in Public Administration from New York University and a BA in Afro-American Studies from Smith College. She is also an alumna of Coro Leadership New York and the Arts Leadership Institute.