20th Anniversary of Homeless Youth Art Installation at Powell BART/MUNI Station

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today Larkin Street Youth Services celebrates the 20th anniversary of "Putting the Pieces Together" a colorful 96 panel Mosaic Mural at the Powell Street BART/MUNI station; created between 1992 and 1995 by over 300 Larkin Street clients under the leadership of Peter Carpou, currently Larkin Street's Liason for the Arts and Cultural Development.

These 2' x 4' mosaic panels are an authentic and passionate reflection of issues facing homeless young people in San Francisco in the early 90's, and many of these same issues continue to this day. The mosaic mural is recognized as one of the top nine mosaic murals in San Francisco.

Wednesday, October 22, 2015
1 pm – Powell BART/MUNI Station, 899 Market Street
1:40 pm – Larkin Street Youth Services' Engagement & Community Center, 134 Golden Gate Avenue

Notable Speakers & Attendees (All Available for Interviews):
Mark Leno
California State Senator
Jane Kim
Supervisor, District 6
Moly Burke
BART Government & Community Relations
Roddy Creedon
Architect for "Putting the Pieces Together;" Lecturer in Architecture, UC Berkeley of Environmental Design; Principal Allied Architecture + Design
Reuben Roqueríi,
Hewlett Foundation, Performing Arts Program Officer
Peter Carpou
Muralist and moving force behind the youth creating "Putting the Pieces Together" Mosaic Mural

Carla M. Hill-DeGuzman, a former Larkin Street client involved with the Mosaic Mural project, who will be in attendance, stated "Peter got most of us involved as we hit the doors, his passion spread like wildfire throughout the center." Other former clients involved in the Mosaic Mural project have stated the importance of not only Larkin Street's services, but of the mural project itself, providing an artistic outlet as well as a place to feel safe and focus their thoughts away from the streets. Today, Larkin Street's Art Program continues to provide avenues of healing for homeless and runaway youth, 12- 24 years old.

About Larkin Street Youth Services

San Francisco's Larkin Street Youth Services is an internationally recognized leader in providing effective housing, medical, social, and educational services to at-risk, homeless, and runaway youth. Larkin Street reaches youth ages 12 – 24 through programs and services across San Francisco. Three out of four youth who complete the organization's comprehensive programs exit street life. For more information, please visit: www.larkinstreetyouth.org and follow us online: Facebook, @LarkinStreet, and YouTube.

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CONTACT: Kathleen Stavis kstavis@larkinstreetyouth.org 510-828-9841Source: Larkin Street Youth Services