I’m super lucky to know the folks that organize SkaterAid, an annual fundraiser for the Brain Tumor Foundation For Children. Held every year at the East Decatur Station, SkaterAid is part art auction, part skateboard park frenzy, and part garage rock show, all to benefit children and families affected by pediatric cancer. What happens is this: used skate decks are acquired, people make them into art, the decks are displayed at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur for a month, then auctioned off at the SkaterAid event, this year held on Sunday, September 25th. The event also hosts teen bands and converts the parking lot into a full blown skate park, complete with ramps and trick contests.
A backstory from the SkaterAid website: SkaterAid was started in 2005 to celebrate the life of Ian Wochatz. A Decatur teen and avid skateboarder, Ian was diagnosed with an especially virulent type of brain cancer, and died on July 4, 2005 at age 15. SkaterAid provided a place for all those who loved Ian to honor his memory in a way he would have approved of…with music, friends and skateboarding.
I look forward to this event every year, not just because it’s a fun party for a worthwhile cause, but also to see what amazing things people do to their skateboard decks. Though most decks are transformed into visual art pieces, others are made into something functional, like a shelving unit, swing, or chair. Check out photo of previous years’ submissions here. If you want to partake in reusing, or what I’d like to call “refascinating,” a skate deck, get on it! They’re still taking submissions! Details:
We are seeking artists to contribute original art using skateboard decks for our annual silent auction. If you need a deck, contact Patty O’Keefe Hutton at email@example.com. All art is due no later than August 14, to be delivered to Beacon Hill art studios in Decatur, Georgia. All questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Really, I can’t say enough about the people behind SkaterAid, and the event itself. It’s such a good time for such a good cause, all built around reusing and making art, no less! If you’re free September 25th, definitely check it out.
PS–Not to steal SkaterAid’s thunder, but the Creative Reuse team is having our own call for artists! If you make things from things, and want to sell them at Atlanta’s Mini Maker Fair September 10th, help us out! We’ll have table space for you, and, in exchange for your presence (where you’ll be selling your wares) you get to keep 100% of the profits! Say what now? Get on it!