Popular Richmond artist facing eviction; fundraiser launched

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Daud Abdullah
Richmond artist Daud Abdullah leads community volunteers in beautifying trash cans during a community-wide renovation effort of John F. Kennedy Park in 2016.

An online fundraiser has been launched in support of a well-known Richmond artist facing eviction from his home.

Daud Abdullah can be often seen at many community events snapping photos, or creating mosaic artworks on city trash cans and buildings. As noted by the gofundme fundraiser in his honor, you have probably passed by the prolific artist’s work while headed “down Macdonald, strolling through Unity Park or walking around Civic Center Plaza.” Abdullah runs the Treasure Box Academy Mosaic Workshop, and was commissioned by the city in recent years to beautify hundreds of trash receptacles with mosaic art.

This year, the East Bay Express named him the Best Master of Mosaics 2018.

“Whether you’ve attended a Treasure Box Academy class, hung out with him at an Urban Tilth or Rich City Rides event, or seen one of many mosaic creations on city trash bins and buildings, Daud’s presence in Richmond has had an impact on you,” according to the fundraiser set by Ryan Bealer. “Daud always strives to share his knowledge and magic with everyone, young and old, newcomers and longtimers, anyone across any spectrum willing to open their minds and hearts to making something beautiful.”

Like others artists in the Bay Area, Abdullah is struggling with the high cost of living. With a goal of $8,000, the fundraiser aims to “secure housing stability” for Abdullah and help him remain in his home, the organizer said.

“Daud is everywhere, always participating, always connecting, always giving back and supporting the organizations and work that are making Richmond a safe, healthy, happy place for everyone,” Bealer wrote. “Please consider donating and/or sharing to help Daud stay in his home and in his community!”

All donations can be made by clicking here and go directly to Abdullah, according to Bealer.

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