A grassroots art project focused on saving & preserving the plywood murals created in the aftermath of George Floyd's murder. Working to collect, protect, catalog, and share the boards in intentional & creative ways that contribute to community healing. Follow along and join us on this journey.
How it started
The murder of George Floyd sparked a massive uprising in the Twin Cities, and from that anguish bloomed hundreds of art pieces around the city. After finding solace in this newly born art, Kenda Zellner-Smith quickly felt panic as she watched these pieces vanish almost as quickly as they came.
With no background in organizing or art preservation, Kenda sprung into action, enlisting the help of friends and volunteers to call local businesses and roam the city, collecting the boards before they were discarded and storing them in her parent's garage.
how it's going
Thanks to a partnership with Memorialize the Movement and the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG), Save The Boards Minneapolis — which started as a passion project by Kenda Zellner-Smith, now has a climate controlled storage space, over 800 plywood boards collected, and continues to work with local experts and dedicated volunteers to organize, catalog, protect the art, and dream up creative solutions to keep it in service to the community.
After a year spent collecting boards, in collaboration with MAAHMG and Memorialize The Movement, Save The Boards hosted a free outdoor exhibition in Phelps Field Park near George Floyd Memorial Square. In addition to the board displays, there were musical acts, live painting, speakers, performers and resource providers. Learn more about the event here, and check out this incredible digital archive of the art featured put together by our wonderful volunteers!
Further down the road we hope to develop a permanent public art display of the boards, for easy access & enjoyment by the local community. Stay in tune & donate to the cause here!