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Water is Life
Artist: Youth Spirit, Senior Artists: Priya Handa, James Shields, Patti Goldstein. Junior Artists: Brandon Harris, Maxx Bernard, Will Vaughn, Tyiemah Dominick, Akasha Canonizado, Angel Brinston
Location: Alcatraz Alley Mural Park, 1744 Alcatraz Avenue.
Date Painted: 2017/2018
Date Photographed: 2021
Photographer: Walls of Justice
Image License: Used with permission
Link to Original Image: https://www.instagram.com/p/CSKTj0aFOHG/
Description: Ocean, plants (artichokes? hops?), kids. "Health first." kid reading book.
Notes: Painted with over 300 local children pledging to reduce their use of sugar sweetened beverages. The mural is 50 ft long by 2 stories and is a collaboration with Kiwi Pediatrics. Mural says; Water is Life. A project of Youth Spirit Artworks. This mural stands as a lasting reminder and inspiration to all who visit it that profit driven sugar sweetened beverages contribute to diabetes and heart disease, ruining our teeth, hugely impacting low-income communities, especially people of color, including many children. We urge all who enjoys this mural to make a personal pledge TODAY to reduce your use of sugar sweetened beverages! Drink water!! Grow healthy! Live long! Community Ed team: Laurel Richardson, Polina Vorobyeva, Sylvia Sawislak, Eloni Bickham, Rachel Kaufman, Sean McCreary YSA Staff: Jr Furst, Angel Jesus Perez Participants and partners: Washington Elementary School, Juneteenth festival, Malcolm X Elementary School, Berkeley Technology Academy, Progressive Baptist Church, Kiwi Pediatrics and Lifelong Medical Center. Youth Spirit is grateful to our generous funders and supporters: The city of Berkeley Soda Tax Grant Program, the doctors & staff of Kiwi Pediatrics, [??] Witters, Lila Blanchard, Dan Sawislak, [???] Montgomery Architecects, Jim Novosel, [??] Trachtenberg Architects, Friends of Adeline, Lorin Business Association, [??] Cadgene.