Takema Robinson

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Takema Robinson

2004 Global Fellow
Founder of Laundromat Project with Risë Wilson

Takema Robinson 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.


Rooted in the belief that art and cultural participation serves as an important pathway to civic engagement, The Laundromat Project aims to create socially relevant arts programming that is physically, conceptually and financially accessible to residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn by offering the programming in a functioning laundromat. The Laundromat Project capitalizes on the "open space" of the laundromat to engage people that may not actively seek out an arts experience and/or those who may not be involved in social change initiatives. Through programs and workshops that focus on visual literacy, art making and exhibition, The Laundromat Project raises awareness around the issues affecting its community and create substantial opportunities for social critiques that lead to action. As a social enterprise, The Laundromat Project employs an innovative funding model, whereby income from the laundromat will provide a source of sustained revenue for the arts organization.


Takema Robinson is the Founder and Principal of Momentum for Progress, developing progressive strategies to increase self-efficacy, equity and justice for communities of color. Takema has over 15 years of experience in philanthropy, nonprofit development, community organizing, education, and the arts. Takema is a recipient of the Echoing Green Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs and the Association of Black Foundation Executives Connecting Leaders Fellowship.

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