Join us for a collaboration between WJA and the Humboldt SkateLab!
When: July 6, 2024 Time: 5pm- 9pm | Where: Madrone Taphouse/421 3rd St., Eureka CA 95501

The inspiration behind this exciting project came when Chad Regan, owner of Humboldt Skate Lab, read about a collaboration between a local skate shop in Avenal and incarcerated artists at the local prison. He contacted Henry Frank, Communication Director, and asked if WJA was interested in a collaboration. Henry asked the students of the art classes to see if they were interested, and they were. He also looped in Laurie Brooks, Executive Director, Sam Tubiolo, CMF Site Coordinator, the CRM of California Medical Facility, and Carol Newborg, Site Coordinator of San Quentin to share the opportunity. Each of the artists were very excited about the project. Now, 7 months later, we are about to exhibit the final masterpieces created by the all of the talented artists. The William James Association is always grateful for the students willingness to participate in community events!

The Humboldt Skate Lab provided blank skateboards as a canvas for local and incarcerated artists to create a masterpiece. These donated, painted skateboards will be sold at the annual Skateboard Fundraiser for $150 each. All proceeds go towards providing skateboards and helmets to local disadvantaged youth from organizations including, Big Brothers Big Sisters, CASA, and Boys Camp; Girls club teen center.

“Each art board that is created is sold at our fundraiser for $150. The boards are displayed at the Madrone Taphouse and the Epitome Art Gallery for the whole month of July with an opening that coincides with our monthly Old Town Arts Alive. When we first started the fundraiser we mainly donated to these local youth organizations at Christmas time. As the fundraiser has grown over the years, we have realized that the need for assistance has increased so we have skateboards available year-round.”
-Chad Regan