Meet the Founder
Life-long Southsider and founder of Save the Boards Minneapolis, Kenda Zellner-Smith has contributed to the preservation work of over 800 plywood boards and murals created after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police. Driven by the panic she felt as she watched these pieces of art created by Twin Cities artists and community members alike disappear as quickly as they came, Save the Boards began by enlisting the help of friends and volunteers to call local businesses, pass out flyers, and by roaming the streets of Minneapolis in search of boards before they were otherwise discarded.
With no background in art preservation, Zellner-Smith realized early on in the project, that the boards alone would not generate the accountability and reform Minneapolis community members and other cities alike, have been desperately pleading for. With this understanding, she also recognized the boards could still be used as tools of learning, reflection, and healing by keeping them physically accessible within the community with which they were created in and for. Save the Boards plans to continue exploring creative ways to activate this art through:
Public Speaking Events
Youth Focused Workshops
AR / VR Technology
Objectively provide access to sustainable long-term multimedia based Mpls protest art. Save the Boards believes in community collaborations and idea-sharing, such that we may continue to use Minneapolis boards and murals as tools of learning, healing and reflection long after the physical pieces begin deteriorate and or transition into their next phase of life.
Save the Boards is excited to begin exploring Augmented and Virtual Reality as another means of facilitating conversations focused on the significance and power of protest and street art. Our team believes this can be done by creating intentional virtual spaces and experiences where the boards and murals of Minneapolis can exist in, long after the physical pieces deteriorate past use.