Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Frances H. Townes

On Saturday February 13, 2016 from Noon to 2:30, family and friends will gather at the First Congregational Church of Berkeley in celebration of Frances H Townes 100th Birthday!

This wonderful celebration will benefit one of Frances’ favorite charities, Youth Spirit Artworks, an interfaith “green” art jobs and job training program located in Berkeley, California which is committed to empowering homeless and low-income San Francisco Bay Area young people, ages 16-25.

Proceeds from tickets, gifts, and contributions will benefit the Frances H. Townes Mural and Bench. The funds will go toward a creation of a special Frances Townes Mosaic tile mural and bench at Youth Spirit Artworks. Longtime First Congregational church of Berkeley member and ceramic artist, Wesley Wright, is completing the tile, mural, and bench working with the leadership of seven YSA artists with community input this winter. To make a contribution you can donate via YSA’s website or mail a check made payable to YSA at 1740 Alcatraz Ave. Berkeley, CA 94703. Gifts in denominations of $100 are celebrated and encouraged.

Mediterranean cuisine prepared by the award winning chef, India Joze, will be served and the celebration will feature a Silent Auction including art from participants of Youth Spirit Artworks.

Sat. February 13th Noon to 2:30pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

Tickets: $40

All donations will be matched 1:1 by a generous donor

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!



Join Us November 3rd 4pm for Youth Spirit Artwork’s 1st Ever Poetry Slam

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’s Grow Healthy Tile Project Continues!!!!

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.