Boards of Hope invites artists to transform recycled boards into works of art, hope.



Boards of Hope is an Athletes 4 Cancer project that brings artists and the boards we ride together to benefit young lives affected by cancer. The 2013 theme for Boards of Hope is
HEALING IN THE ELEMENTS. However you interpret that theme in your board project is completely up to you!


Boards of Hope invites all artists to transform recycled boards of all types into canvases for stunning works of art, based on the theme, HEALING IN THE ELEMENTS.  Accepted boards include surfboards, kiteboards, skateboards, skimboards and snowboards.

Select survivor and professional artists’ boards will be featured in a silent auction at Kiteboarding for Cancer July 13-14th, 2013.  Proceeds will benefit Athletes 4 Cancer Survivorship Programs and OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Program.  Selected artists be featured on the Athletes 4 Cancer and Kiteboarding 4 Cancer website and on flyers at the event. All artists, from professional to amateur are encouraged to submit their work.


The History of Boards of Hope

Boards of Hope began when Athletes 4 Cancer’s founder, Tonia Farman, brought art supplies, recycled papers, wood, and mixed media to her brother, Scott’s, bedside at Seattle’s Children’s Hospital. He was undergoing a long battle with leukemia and found a sense of calm and purpose in art. His organs and body were weak, but his soul poured out with life in his artwork. Mixed media and collage became his channel of expression, therapy and healing. His works became an inspiration for Boards of Hope.

Scott and his art

Two Levels of Artist Submissions
Professional Artists: Interested in your work being highlighted for a good cause? Submit an Artist’s Bio to tonia @ If selected as a feature artist, you and your artwork board will be featured in advance of the event in event publicity. Submit your board by June 1st. Check art specs below.

Amateur Artists: Submit your board by July 1st. Check art specs below. Please submit questions and submissions to tonia @

The Boards of Hope exhibit will be on display at Kiteboarding 4 Cancer July 13 & 14th. The main exhibit and auction will take place July 14th at the Kiteboarding 4 Cancer Boards of Hope tent at the Hood River Event Site, with the live auction at 6:00 pm.

Athletes 4 Cancer’s Survivorship Programs for Young Adults with Cancer video:

If you are a professional artist and are interested in making a submission to Boards of Hope, email your Artist Bio to

Boards of Hope Cancer Art Project

Artist Specifications:

  • Artists must obtain their own recycled boards and art supplies to create board.
  • NO standup paddleboards or windsurf boards.
  • Complete the Board Submission Form.
  • Finished piece must be sealed with a protective and archival sealant
  • Boards are not intended to be ridden after artwork
  • Artists are encouraged to use acrylics, acrylic paint pens, sharpies and collage mediums.
  • Works must be completed and delivered by June 1st.
  • All submissions are donations to Athletes 4 Cancer and will be auctioned off at Kiteboarding 4 Cancer’s Live Auction at the Hood River Event Site Saturday, July 13th.

We strongly encourage SURVIVORS & FIGHTERS to submit their art!







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