Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Hello, Neighbor: Making Art in Community
  • Lecture
  • 5/8/2014
  • 18:30-19:30
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Rocket Grants, a partnership of the Spencer Museum of Art and Charlotte Street Foundation
Event Description
Join Kemi Ilesanmi, executive director of The Laundromat Project (The LP) in New York and juror for the 2014 Rocket Grants Program, to explore how an arts organization may deliberately help to create a community of neighbors, artists included. The LP model amplifies the creativity that already exists within communities by using arts and culture to build community networks, solve problems, and enhance our sense of ownership in the places where we live, work, and grow. One of the values it holds most dear is "neighborliness" which understands artmaking as a powerful engine for turning strangers into neighbors. By working with local artists to initiate participatory art projects in communities, The LP grapples with both the power and challenges of being a good and artful neighbor--with artists, other residents, and local businesses. The LP model invites a reassessment of what it means to be part of a neighborhood as an engaged citizen.