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!
The goats came, they saw, they chomped. And after a full day of nibbling away at the weeds on the lot at 695 Chesley Avenue last Thursday, they left with full bellies and lots of praise from city officials. Mayor Butt, former Mayor McLaughlin, local artist Daud Abdullah, Captain Gagan from RichmondPD, District Coordinator Robert Rogers, students from Verde Elementary, and children from the Shield-Reid Community Center were just a few of the folks that made it out to see the goats and help us spread the word about the need to stop illegal dumping in North Richmond.
Check out a Youtube video of the goats here!
The thinking was: trash concentrates in lots that look abandoned, i.e. overgrown lots. Eliminate the weeds, mulch the area, and you get dramatic reductions in illegal dumping. Every month, Richmond Code Enforcement officers collect 12.09 tons of waste on average from North Richmond. To help put an end to this, North Richmond residents came out to the community clean-up on October 31st to help clean the lot in anticipation of the goats' arrival. 269 North Richmond residents helped us dispose of 52.62 tons of trash. Great job Richmond! You all were amazing.
We received great coverage of the event and now we need your help putting these articles out into the Richmond Community through social media! 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.
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In December the Love Your Block Team created and installed an art wall that gathered Richmond residents to answer the question, "With $1,000, how would you #LoveYourBlock?" The question came up, because the Love Your Block team in itself will be giving 1000 worth of grants to community members for winning projects.
Here's the link of the Art Installation by the Love Your Block team