Boards for Change is an initiative created by a team of women in Sacramento: Kimberly Prince, Lina Washington and Shannan O'Rourke. This is a collaborative community beautification project with a purpose in direct response to recent #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations. Boards for Change connected local artists with boarded-up businesses in the Sacramento Region and turned those spaces into massive canvases in a display of solidarity. As the pieces came down from the businesses, they were put on display at Republic FC matches during the 2020 Season.
Through donations and a previous auction, Boards for Change has raised more than $21,000 for local organizations that work with youth of color. The first group of $1,000 grants have been distributed to local groups including Project Optimism, INC., United College Auction Network, Sacramento Area Youth Speaks, Square Root Academy, Architects of Hope, Improve Your Tomorrow, The Arik Armstead Academic Project, JUMA, Studio T Arts & Entertainment, Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, Sisters of Nia, St. HOPE, Hawk Institute, and more. These organizations, with more to be added, will provide insight and guidance as part of a new diversity and racial justice coalition with Republic FC.
Click here to look at all items up for auction, or take a look at the pieces below! The auction will end on March 1st, 2021.
A selection of the pieces will be on display at the Sacramento Republic FC HQ and Team Store – pieces will rotate through each week.
These original, one-of-one works are now on display at Heart Health Park in the North stands, representing the emotion and creativity of the community. Check out some of the pieces that will be on display at Instagram.com/BoardsForChange/.
Color for Change by Sadye Evyn Reish (@sadyeevyn)
Multicultural Crayon Box by @drawwithstacey
Morgan Mill by Ashley Ragan
Peace, Love, & Unity by @crystianacreates
Uplift Youth by Claire Fraga
PEACE, LOVE, LIGHT & UNITY by @alienmackitty