about project


The vision for Sankofa Garden took shape only after several attempts to locate a suitable garden space in 2018 and 2019. Frustration at the effort motivated Free to “pause” her search and focus on establishing Sankofa Garden as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. A pivotal conversation with Carolyn Johnson, former Director of Commercial Real Estate at EBALDC (East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation), would lead to the first space for Sankofa Garden. Ms. Johnson immediately suggested that she visit the long-vacant garden space behind one of EBALDC’s Oakland properties, the California Hotel. As part of its mission, EBALDC emphasizes working “with and for all the diverse populations of the East Bay to build healthy, vibrant and safe neighborhoods through community development.”


The brand colors and design were slightly adapted for SANKOFAGARDEN so we could portray a more luxurious feel that matches the quality of the craftsmanship. The branding weals adopted across the whole look and feel of their website.