This arts dialogue delves into ways that artists, curators, and arts organizations center care in the production of artwork within and for communities—in Brooklyn and beyond—recognizing that art serves as a vital means for reimagining a future where no one is disposable.
Join Brooklyn-based artist Lizania Cruz, Executive Director of The Laundromat Project Kemi Ilesanmi, and Curator and Art Historian Kilolo Luckett, creator of the forthcoming art space Alma/Lewis.
Registered audience members will receive details about how to access and view the program by email on the day of the event.
Lizania Cruz is a Dominican participatory artist, designer, and curator interested in how migration affects ways of being & belonging, based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Through research, oral history, and audience participation, she creates projects that highlight a pluralistic narrative on migration. Recent projects include We The News with support of The Laundromat Project, and Here & There with support of Luckett’s artist-in-residence program.
Kemi Ilesanmi is Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, which advances artists and neighbors as change agents in their own communities. She has previously worked at Creative Capital Foundation and the Walker Art Center. A graduate of Smith College, NYU, and Coro Leadership NY, she also serves on several boards and advisory committees. She serves on the BPL Arts & Letters Advisory Committee.
Kilolo Luckett is an art historian, curator, and writer based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She created By Any Means, an art series that engages directly with leading cultural figures to broaden the scope and understanding of contemporary art influence by black culture. She is currently writing an authorized biography on Naomi Sims, one of the first black supermodels.
Photos courtesy of (left-to-right): Lizania Cruz, photo credit Guarinex Rodriguez; Kemi Ilesanmi, photo credit Hollis+King; Kilolo Luckett, photo credit Pandora’s Box Project