Greetings from Alcatraz Ave: Meet Youth Spirit Artworks

On one end, you’re in Oakland. At the other, you’re in Berkeley. If you keep going, you’ll end up back in Oakland. If you trip, you’ll fall into Emeryville. It’s an interesting mash-up of municipalities with a rich history of activism and commerce. When I moved here 10 years ago, there was only one restaurant within a short walk and the newspaper once referred to Alcatraz as a “corridor of violence” between South Berkeley and North Oakland gangs. Now it sports a bicycle collective, a cupcake shop, several cafes, two yoga studios, a weekly farmers’ market and about five more spaces with permits to open in the next six months…. Read the full article here

Malcolm X Mosaic Signs Unveiling

Join Youth Spirit Artworks young Leaders at Ashby & Ellis St. on Sat. Nov. 15th 2:30pm to 4pm as we unveil our glorious new MX Mosaic Signs! This project was cosponsored by S. Berkeley Neighbors, MX PTA & School, S. Berkeley Sr. Center, Lifelong Medical Center & Adeline Street Merchants Association!
Rain or drizzle location: Youth Spirit Artworks, 1740 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, 94703.
For more info, please text: 282-0396.

Join us! The “Safe & Sound” Youth Spirit Artworks’s MX Mosaic School Signs Project!

Join Youth Spirit Artworks this Sat. & Sun. Oct. 18th & 19th–10am to 6pm to help complete “MX Elementary School Mosaic Sign 2” at King St & Ashby Ave. Big fun. Refreshments & snacks!!

The “Safe & Sound” Youth Spirit Artworks’s MX Mosaic School Signs Project has involved over 300 local kids in making tiles & individual pledges to do “1 special thing to care for their health more deeply.” and to write that on a pledge magnet. Our two Ashby Ave school signs will be completed by Oct. 20th!!! Thanks to all the supporters, youth & volunteers making this youth-driven project possible!