Grow Healthy Mural Completed!

On January 27th YSA completed the installation of our new Grow Healthy tile mural, a community response to the challenges of health disparities in Berkeley and other cities in the East Bay. The mural represents our collective commitment to bridge the health disparities gap so that everyone in Berkeley can live a full life.

Over 100 youth artists from YSA led the creation of tiles that were included in this project. More than 300 local children and other neighborhood residents painted tiles, each making pledges to do one special thing to care more deeply for their health, and then painting that pledge on a 6 x 6 inch tile.

YSA partnered in this project with the City of Berkeley Dept. of Public Health in distributing health education materials at community tile painting workshops. We were also assisted by the City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development in this effort. The Adeline Street Merchants Association provided feedback to us as did the S. Berkeley Neighbors.

YSA is grateful to Board member, Alfonso Jaramillo for the efforts he made in completing our tile mural over the last three months and to contractor, Mike Rudd for his fine installation of the 10 ft x 20 ft. Grow Healthy mural at 3198 Adeline Street at Fairview in S. Berkeley. We are also grateful to Mohamed Mosleh of M and H Market for his and for his father’s cooperation with the project. Artist Pancho Pescador and many of our youth also helped with the finishing touches making the project ready for installation.

YSA thanks the Bernard and Alba Witkin Fdn., the Chamberlin Family Fund, SF Fdn Koshland Program and FAITHS Initiative, the Alafi Family Fdn., Walgreens Corporation, the Berkeley Association of Realtors, the UC Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund, and Dreyers Corp. for their grant support making the mural possible. We thank our donors special donors Kiwi Pediatrics, Priscilla Phelps, Allan Cadgene and Daniel Sawislak for their support!

We thank artists Jose Gonzalez, Morgan DeLorenzo, Jackie Scott, Chris Henderson and Christian Leon Guerrero, as well as Pancho Pescador and Alfonso Jaramillo for their efforts designing the mural. We thank many of our youth artists who participated, including Shanice Kiel, Jasmain Johnson, Tiff Banks, Shavella Stephenson, and Skittles Tolbert for their assistance.

We thank the many South and West Berkeley neighborhood residents who painted tiles as part of this project, the children of Malcolm X School, local religious congregation members, children and families at Juneteenth Festival, and Rosa Parks School, among them.

We are deeply grateful to our Assoc. Director, Rev. Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar for all of her support and energy supporting and encouraging this work.

We are grateful to volunteers Cailin Shannon, Danny Hellebusch and Susan Putney for their efforts making the project possible. We thank Margaret Norman and BHS for helping us fire tiles for free.

Lastly, this project would not have been possible without the support of YSA former and current board members: Maheesh Jain, Nishan Ardon, Lauren Snider Brandt and Lila McDonald, as well as Rev. Alexandra Childs, Rev. Kurt Kuhwald, Ryk Groetchen, Dawline Oni-Eseleh, Stephen McElroy, Sheila Thomas, Rev. Susan Conrad, Poncho Jaramillo Mancini and Navneet Govil.

YSA will hold the unveiling for our mural on Sat. March 24th at 1pm at the mural site–3198 Adeline at Fairview. All are welcome to enjoy snacks, speeches, live music, and continued work involved in health education as we celebrate our mural with the community.

2011 Summer Intensive Art Jobs Training Program

Youth Spirit Artworks, the art jobs training program serving low-income young people, ages 16 to 25, is currently accepting applications for its Summer Intensive Art Jobs Training Program. Our two summer program sessions are June 20th through Aug. 5 Monday through Friday–mornings:

Studio Art: 10am to 2pm at 2701 MLK Jr. Way at Derby and afternoons

Community Art: 2pm to 6pm at 1769 Alcatraz Avenue.

Youth are paid training stipends of $300 for participating if they complete the full training.

Applications can be downloaded here or picked up at our office at 1769 Alcatraz Avenue, Berkeley, CA  94703

Progress on the “Grow Healthy” Mural Project

Youth Spirit Artworks young artists are in the process of completing our new 10 ft. x 20 ft. long ceramic tile “Grow Healthy” mural for S. Berkeley focusing on bridging the health disparities gap in our community. The mural project has involved over 400 local residents painting individual messages on 6 x 6 inch tiles pledging to do one special thing in the future to take better care of their health. Artists Jose Gonzalez and Morgan DeLorenzo along with Christian Leon Guerrero, Jackie Scott and Chris Henderson have carried out the design for the health tile mural. The mural will be installed in September with our unveiling event scheduled for October! Stay tuned! Gifts to support the mural can be made via YSA’s web site!

2008 South Berkeley Youth “Art Bench” Design Competition


WHAT: Youth Spirit ArtWorks is holding an art competition for Berkeley youth, giving young people the opportunity to create art designs for wooden benches along the Adeline Street Corridor in South Berkeley. The bench designs chosen will be painted on nine local benches in 2008. The name of the artist/designer will be designated on each bench.

WHO: All Berkeley youth, ages 13 to 25, are eligible to participate in this art bench design competition.

WHEN: The competition runs from January 22 through March 14, 2008.

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