I'm really excited to be working with Youth Spirit Artworks to design and create a ceramic mural and mosaic bench with my team of youth artist!! The project honors Frances Townes for her years of service with the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy for the Homeless and YSA. It also celebrates her 100th birthday. Around 1985 Frances founded the Berkeley Ecumenical Chaplaincy to the Homeless with my father Moe Wright and Sally Heindman who is now the executive director of YSA. For many years Frances worked as the lead docent for the Oakland Museums Natural History area allowing her to be an environmental advocate as well as an advocate for the poor. Frances husband Charles Townes was a Nobel Prize winning physicist who helped invent the laser.
The mural will be installed on the front of the YSA building and the bench will be in front of the mural on the sidewalk. The YSA building is located at 1740 Alcatraz in South Berkeley. The mural and bench are part of a broader urban renewal project that’s taking place in the neighborhood.
Youth Spirit Artworks (YSA) is 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.
To learn more about YSA visit: http://youthspiritartworks.org/about-ysa/
To learn more about Frances Townes check out this Article in Berkeley Side News