Azia Banagan is the Love Your Block Initiative's youngest and most artistically-talented grant recipients. At just ten years old, she has already led three art classes and has one more scheduled for June 17th. Check out these great interviews and articles on Azia's project!
9/20/2016 - Love Your Block partners to clean up Hilltop Lake Park
On Sunday, September 18th, Richmond Love Your Block (LYB) teamed up with Hilltop District Homeowners & Stakeholders Association, the Richmond Tool Library (RTL), and Richmond residents to sheet mulch a section of the Hilltop Lake Park. This event is part of an effort to clean up the park so that the residents can appreciate its natural beauty, and prepare the area for an event to take place later this month called Food Emporium – Richmond’s very own version of Off the Grid – which is being planned to take place every fourth Friday beginning on October 28, 2016. Food Emporium is intended to be a space at which the Richmond community can regularly gather, socialize, and have fun!
After the event, we spoke with Hilltop District Neighborhood Council President Cesar Zepeda about why he organized this clean up.
“This area is a hidden gem that most residents don't know to about. If we promote it more, people will utilize it and we can better direct resources to ensure that it’s properly maintained and shared by all. With the RTL and LYB, putting this project together became a much easier task. They have helped create the foundation to turn this unknown park from just dirt and rocks, to what residents have envisioned: a beautiful gathering place that the community will enjoy daily and feel proud of. Thank you for letting us borrow tools to build our community and share the love for our block and parks.”
Thank you to the Richmond Tool Library for providing the tools needed for this volunteer activity. Love Your Block and the RTL strongly encourage Richmond residents and organizations to borrow tools for community-based projects like this!
Take a look at some pictures from the event!
9/1/2016 - Year 2!
After a phenomenal first year, we are preparing to launch our second Love Your Block mini-grant cycle! In collaboration with the Richmond Main Street Initiative, our kick-off will be celebrated at the Art In Windows event on September 29, 2016. Join us between 4 pm and 6 pm at the Richmond BART parking lot for the second installation of the Richmond BART Art Installation. Share with us the number one thing on your bucket list, and tell us how $2,000 would help you #LoveYourBlock!
Then, take a stroll through Downtown Richmond for remarkable displays of art. This year, Art In Windows will feature children's art in two exhibitions: Pieces of Richmond: A Community Art Perspective and The Scribbler Artist Project. We are proud to announce that works of art created through Love Your Block grant winner Azia Banagan's workshops will be among the pieces presented at the event!
The Love Your Block team is looking forward to an exciting second year with all of you. Take a look at our FAQs for more information about this year's mini-grant application, and don't hesitate to ask questions!
We hope to see you there!
3/03/2016 - Get to know our awardees!
Name: Alicia Carrillo Organization: Community Advocate LYB Project Description: Alicia used photography to address issues of public concern and to tell stories of community life.
Name: Alicia Gallo Organization: Richmond Main Street Initative(RMSI) LYB Project Description: RMSI organized a sidewalk chalk art activity, a district-wide clean-up, and a trash can installation.
Name: Annie King-Meredith/Marena Brown Organization: Art Math LYB Project Description: Volunteers planted flowers and plants in a North Richmond community garden.
Name: Brandon Evans Organization: Coronado Neighborhood Residents LYB Project Description: Residents teamed up to plant drought resistant plants, trees, flowers, and shrubs, install public seating, and install 4 raised garden boxes.
Name: Carla Orozco Organization: Neighborhood House of North Richmond LYB Project Description: This team worked to clean up Wildcat Creek, create a mobile mural, and facilitate EcoArt activities.
Name: Doria Robinson Organization: Urban Tilth LYB Project Description: Urban Tilth used LYB funds to expand their Illegal dumping campaign along the Richmond Greenway.
Name: Denise Carey Organization: Service Integration, Family Service Center LYB Project Description: Residents mulched Lucky A's baseball field in North Richmond and sanded and painted the bleachers.
Name: Goretha Johnson Organization: Parchester Neighborhood Council LYB Project Description: Neighbors came together to pull weeds and plant native foliage along the Parchester Village entrance sign.
Name: Myrtle Braxton Organization: Laurel Park Neighborhood Council LYB Project Description: Neighbors painted benches in Braxton park, picked up trash, and planted low-growing vegetation.
Name: Roxanne Alexander Organization: Community Advocate LYB Project Description: Roxanne got together with local high school students to plant flowers in the planter boxes along Fred Jackson Way in North Richmond.
Name: Tiffany Harris Organization: Girls Inc. LYB Project Description: Azia Banagan led three art classes and will display that art in the Fall Art in Windows Event put on by Richmond Main Street.
1/19/2016 - Richmond BART Art Installation
The Richmond BART Art installation, inspired by the work of artist Candy Chang was a huge success! Within the first few hours of its launch, we had dozens upon dozens of responses to our prompts. Half of our installation asked “Before I die, I want to…” and the other prompt asked “With $1,000, how would you #LoveYourBlock?” We thank everyone who participated in publicly voicing their hopes and dreams for Richmond's future.
Here's the thinking behind the Goat Grazing/Illegal Dumping Campaign:
Trash concentrates in lots that look abandoned. Eliminate the weeds and mulch the area, and you can get dramatic reductions in illegal dumping.
We received great coverage of the event and now we need your help putting these articles out into the Richmond Community! An end to illegal dumping in Richmond depends on you.This event was just the beginning. Help us spread the word and tell your neighbors to stop illegal dumping in Richmond.
8/2/2015 - Beautifying the Community, One Seed at a Time
Hey Richmond! We've got flower seeds for you to jump-start revitalization efforts in our City! Keep an eye out for our custom seed packets throughout Richmond. We even have edible flowers so that you can start turning everyday salads into colorful feasts!! We have calendula, scabiosa, bachelor's buttons, shirley poppies, bird's eyes, nasturtium, and echinacea for your planting needs.