ARTBOARD / SKATEBOARD – Collaboration with skate-aid

Last weekend Bea, she does all the design stuff for our various “we”- endeavours, and I went to Münster. My second visit to this beautiful old city … We visited skate-aid at the skate palace.

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skate-aid – under the umbrella of the Titus Dittmann Foundation – was founded in 2009 by Titus Dittmann, the German skateboarding legend. skate-aid supports humanitarian aid projects for children and young people worldwide. Their goal: to promote a sense of identity and purpose through skateboarding.

Exactly what we are planning to do with our we_school skatepark project.
Therefore I am very happy to announce that skate-aid and we_school “join forces” to let the ARTBOARD/SKATEBOARD project fly.

The cooperation includes:

  • we both use our networks to promote the project
  • skate-aid will operate and conduct the auction on a charity basis;
  • ARTBOARD/SKATEBOARD will become a skate-aid project without loosing its independence
  • we garantee the handling in India and coordinate the project locally
  • skate-aid brings in its expertise in building the skatepark
  • we connect them with the locals and provide sustainable progress

So NOW – having all the skateboards ready and having set the ground for a charity auction – all we need is YOU to join and make the auction a HUGE success – for the sake of the young children in rural India.

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ARTBOARD / SKATEBOARD designed by Vicky Roy

Today I want to introduce our first artist who has designed an skateboard for our auction ARTBOARDS / SKATEBOARDS. Artists from around the world, many of them friends of mine, have offered their services free of charge to design skateboards which will be auctioned to help build a skatepark in an area of rural India. The auction is open to everybody and begins on 20 March.

Let me introduce Vicky Roy to you. He is a young well-known photographer, now based in Delhi. I met Vicky Roy two and a half years ago – since then we stayed in touch. What an amazing journey he started. Almost exactly a year ago I interviewed him: “Stay Free!” was the title – and it’s still the motto of his life.

Vicky is a real-life example of courage, resilience and effective mentorship. He ran away from home in West Bengal when he was 11, boarding a train to the Indian capital where he spent a year living at the railway station and a street eatery. He collected plastic bottles to sell, washed dishes and made flat bread for a living. He found shelter at Salaam Balak Trust where he met his mentor, Dixie Benjamin, a British photographer. This was life changing. Vicky started to walk down his own path of photography and created his very special way to tell Indian stories to the world!

Today his photos are exhibited worldwide and he has become a world class photographer.
Just recently his first book “HOME.STREET.HOME.” was published.

This is Vicky’s ARTBOARD/SKATEBOARD – the six photographs are a series from his latest exhibit HOME.STREET.HOME:

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Just a few days he was featured in The Hindu, one of India’s most important newspapers.

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