Nickels for Non-Profits
Nickels for Nonprofits at Whole Foods Market Berkeley will benefit Youth Spirit Artworks, this quarter April 15 through July 1st! We are thrilled!!!
Bring recyclable bags when you shop at Whole Foods Market Berkeley, and you’ll earn 5 cents per bag that can be donated to support Youth Spirit’s art jobs training program–and the expansion of our art sales through our new art sales venture, the Art Cart. Nickels for Nonprofits is a wonderful program sponsored by Whole Foods that benefits both the environment and the local community. Two charities are selected to receive the proceeds of nickels donated over a two and a half month period.
Youth Spirit young artists are looking forward to carrying out a variety of different activities during the quarter we are designated for Nickels for Non-Profits, including creating clay tiles for Safe and Sound, our 2013/14 Malcolm X School & Park Mosaic Signs Project! So look for our young artists at Whole Foods leading art making activities on some Saturdays this quarter!!
Join YSA young artists on Sat. Jan. 26th 4pm to 6pm for our 3rd YSA Poetry Slam and Art Sale at our studio/retail store at 1769 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703. Everyone is invited to read or create spontaneous poetry! Healthy snacks and refreshments available. All are welcome! Its a S. Berkeley happening! Be there!!!! For info. Call 282-0396!
Youth Spirit young artists are exhibiting their work at Expressions Gallery
2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703
December 16th to the 23rd, 2012
Closing Reception on Sunday December 23rd Noon to 6pm!
Browse, shop, enjoy snacks!
For info. call 510-282-0396
As one of Berkeley’s two key agencies serving homeless youth, and in our role as an interfaith organization, Youth Spirit has been deeply engaged in the battle to oppose Measure S, the reactionary ballot measure being considered by voters in November, which would make it illegal to sit on commercial area sidewalks. Measure S would greatly impact homeless youth, who have no place to go during the day in Berkeley until Youth Spirit opens at 3:30pm. Fifty two local clergy & religious leaders have thus far signed on to the letter YSA initiated to make voices of the religious community heard on this issue. On October 16th Youth Spirit young artists and local clergy held a rally at Berkeley City Hall unveiling the letter and the list of signers. A procession of giant puppets of saints and prophets delivered the letter to youth artists and others gathered at City Hall where the letter was read. Following this YSA young leaders processed with the giant puppets into Berkeley City Council chambers to make their voices heard asking for $50,000 to be able to open our program during daytime hours so that youth would have a place to go indoors–rather than face rain, ticketing, and arrests. Stay tuned for more on our campaign to gain funds to be open all day to serve homeless youth in downtown Berkeley through ART JOBS and jobs training!
Youth Spirit Artwork will be holding our first ever Poetry Slam on Sat. Nov. 3rd at 4pm featuring the work of YSA young poets and artists. The event will be held at our art studio at 1769 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley 94703 at the corner of Adeline. Join us for poetry as well as food and drinks. Shop for holiday gifts and learn about YSA’s model work empowering youth through art jobs and jobs training! For more info. call 510-282-0396.
Youth Spirit young artists are continuing their work using art in community health education in 2012/13 with three new public art works scheduled for South Berkeley: 1) the traffic turn-a-round at Woolsey and Ellis Street; 2) 16 mosaic street barricades on Ashby Avenue between Shattuck and Telegraph Avenue; and, 3) the “Sweet Adeline” planter at 63rd and Adeline Street. Stay tuned for photo updates! This project led by YSA Apprentice Leader Elijah Mount-Finette includes beloved volunteer Priscilla Hine and students from the Berkeley High School Arts and Humanity Academy, Mumal Salim, Seiya Suzuki, and Jessical Gutierrez, as well as neighborhood residents. To contribute colorful tiles or broken plates to this effort call us at: 510-282-0396, or simply drop off contributions at our art studio at: 1769 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley.
Monday September 17th Youth Spirit begins our Fall 2012 Art Jobs Training Program involving over twenty East Bay young people in our exciting art making efforts! Join us! Applications can be downloaded here. Youth participants can choose training sessions either Mon/Wed/Fri. 3:30pm to 6:30pm or T/Th/F 3:30pm to 6:30pm. We are also open Sat. Noon to 3pm to make up hours.
Youth Spirit is delighted to report that Friday August 10th 25 youth completed our eight week Summer Intensive Art Jobs Training Program climbing our Progression Ladder gaining skills, experience and self-confidence as they work toward personal and professional goals! We are grateful for all of the efforts of our Leadership Team making this terrific work possible.
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