Love Your Block Updates

Love Your Block Spotlight

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!

Richmond Confidential Article

North Gate Radio

Girls Inc. Azia Banagan
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. 

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.

Check out this cool video from Richmond Pulse!

Before I Die - BART Art Installation
love your block board
LYB Art Installation 2015 01
Illegal Dumping/Goat Grazing Campaign

The goats came, they saw, they chomped

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.

Goat grazing picture 2
Goat grazing picture
Goat Trash Can
Beautifying the Community, One Seed at a Time

August 2nd, 2015

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.

Seed Packet Fixed Wildflower

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