Rise Wilson

Rise Wilson 2004 Global Fellow

Laundromat Project

with Takema Robinson

Arts & Culture

North America, United States

Rise Wilson 2004 Global Fellow

Bold Idea 

Create personal and social transformation by using the space in coin-operated laundromats in communities of color as places to create and display art.


Risë Wilson holds a BA in African-American Studies from Columbia University and an MA in Africana Studies from NYU. After conceiving the idea for The Laundromat Project in 1999, Risë tailored her career path to bring the organization to fruition. She gained a practical education in Organizational Excellence and Arts Administration by working for institutions like ARAMARK, the Painted Bride, MoMA, and ICP. She also became a printmaker, working primarily in linoleum and silkscreen. Recognized as one of the "World's Best Emerging Social Entrepreneurs" Risë is a recipient of fellowships from both CAA and NYU. She periodically serves as a consultant to other non-profits, offering expertise in Visual Literacy, Curriculum Development, and Strategic Planning. She also teaches at the Parsons School of Design, helping product design students apply their talents to the public sphere.