Risë Wilson

How making art is a practice space for becoming a change agent
New York, NY

Big Idea:
Arguments have been made about the many contributions professional artists make to their communities and the positive impact art classes have on other subject areas and learning outcomes, but are we overlooking the most obvious benefit of an arts education…for anyone at any age?

Risë Wilson is committed to lifting up the value of creativity in our every day lives. She is the founder of The Laundromat Project, which mounts topical and timely art programming in local laundromats as a way of amplifying the creative power available in neighborhoods like Bed-Stuy, Harlem, and the South Bronx. Risë was recently appointed the inaugural Director of Philanthropy for the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in order to help shape the foundation’s grant-making priorities and to fulfill its belief that art can change the world.