Social Activism in the Spirit of Robert Rauschenberg
Skateistan x Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
With Robert RAUSCHENBERG
The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation was created upon the artist’s belief that “Art Can Change The World”. Rauschenberg formed the foundation in 1990 with the intent of putting the spotlight on causes and groups that were close to his heart. The foundation’s activities included grant making, educational programs, and supporting humanitarian and environmental activities. Today, the foundation continues to honor the spirit of Robert Rauschenberg and proves that art can change the world
Skateistan is an internationa, award-winning NGO based in Berlin, Germany. The organization was created in 2009 when its founder, Oliver Percovich, traveled to Afghanistan with three skateboards. Noticing an obvious lack of opportunities within a disfavored Afghan youth, Percovich began using skateboarding as a means to engage them and build a spirit of community. Skateistan built its first skate school a few months later, using skateboarding and education as a catalyst to drive positive social change. These two elements became the core of Skateistan’s mission to empower children living in underprivileged circumstances.
Skateistan currently runs skate schools in Afghanistan, Cambodia, South Africa, and benefits the lives of over 2500 children – 51% of these children are girls.
Through our collaboration with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, we are donating 5% of the sales to each organization, in support of their respective philanthropic and social activism.