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The Upgrade is Complete

Thank you to all who donated last month to support Jeremy Del Rio’s birthday fundraiser to replace the 2005 Grand Caravan with 187k miles that served as our School Murals cargo van. Last night, our upgrade was completed to this 2018 Ford Transit with just 14,600 miles. Even better, between donations and pledges, the van…

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Thrive or Die (on the West Side)

This weekend, New York City bid farewell (for now) to a Thrive Collective original, as Kekoa returned to Oakland after a nearly two decade run in the Big Apple. Even as he brings Thrive Collective with him to the Bay, he leaves his mark in scores of schools and communities throughout our great City. As…

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Partner Profile: Maysles Community Producers

For the last four months, Thrive has been privileged to collaborate and share space at the Harlem Hub with the Community Producers Program of the Maysles Documentary Film Center. Community Producers provides a four-month documentary production experience for justice-involved youth, ages 18 – 24, to build community and personal development skills through filmmaking. Participants learn…

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Artist Gathering Featuring Kekoa

Our very own Kekoa will be featured at an upcoming artist gathering at The Clemente Cultural Center in the Lower East Side on 10/25 at 6:30pm. Hosted by Nelle Escalante, artist in residence at Abounding Grace Ministries, the event explores the intersection of art, faith, and social justice. Kekoa will share his story, and showcase…

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Advancing Together X Night at the Museum

So, this happened last night. Enjoy the completed portfolio here. View this post on Instagram Grateful to the Minority Corporate Council Association for inviting #ThriveCollective to create a live painting for auction at their Advancing Together Diversity Gala last night. So proud of @artbykekoa and @kristenigma for masterfully completing the canvas in 1.5 hours, and…

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Birthday Blessings and Minivans

Jeremy’s family minivan helped launch a movement. For his birthday, please help Thrive replace it. Five years ago, our founder Jeremy Del Rio’s family donated their minivan to help create hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in public schools. Since then, nearly 15,000 NYC public school students and volunteers have transformed their schools and…

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Muraling in Puerto Rico with Luna Velez

“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.” – Shane Koyczan “Si tu corazón está roto, haz arte con las piezas.” – Shane Koyczan We are so grateful for the generous and visionary support of the mayor of Añasco, Puerto Rico, acclaimed actress Luna Velez, Project Refuge PR, FEMA, NY Disaster Interfaith Services,…

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Celebrate Make Space for the Arts

Celebrate “Make Space for the Arts,” by YUCA Arts and Thrive Collective, featuring works by Tats Cru, Crash, BR163, Jon143, students, and volunteers. Join us September 22nd from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 135th Street and Alexander Avenue, directly underneath the Major Deegan overpass. Live music, food, spoken word poetry, and thanks to the community…

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NYC Council Feels the HeART Beat

Five hundred middle school students painted murals, designed video games, break danced, freestyle rapped, competed at tug-o-war and so much more at the HeART Beat Festival on May 30, 2018. Thrive Collective collaborated with Museum of the Moving Image, Black Spectrum Theatre, and Everybody Dance Now to produce the festival as the Queens culminating event…

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SchoolPartners.NYC Kicks off with I Am My School and Project 25

#BeTheChange Eighty high school student leaders gathered today for the I Am My School conference to explore ways to love and serve their public schools well. I Am My School was presented by SchoolPartners.NYC and Lead.NYC at Nyack College.   View this post on Instagram   #BeTheChange | Eighty high school student leaders gathered at…

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