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It’s a Wrap

On July 19th, twenty Harlem Hub students and five teaching artists began an ambitious journey at our inaugural Summer Arts Academy. They agreed: Our music students would write and record an original song. Our media students would produce the music video for the song. Our dance students would develop and perform choreography for the video. And our murals…

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Mott Haven Muraling with YUCA Arts & TatsCru

Join YUCA Arts, students, neighbors, and graffiti legends Tats Cru and Crash in creating the “Make Space for the Arts” community mural on the Alexander Avenue underpass of the Major Deegan Expressway in the Mott Haven section of The Bronx. July 21 — Prepare the walls, 11-5 No skill required. July 31 & Aug 1 — Image…

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Hoopin’ it since ’94

You might wonder how Thrive Sports has been organizing 3-on-3 basketball tournaments for 24 years, when it only launched officially last month. Here’s how. Collage from past AGM/Xcel tournaments. Jeremy produced his first basketball tournament in 1994 for Abounding Grace Ministries, and they’ve continued the Lower East Side tradition ever since. Accounting for one unfortunate…

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School Mentors Featured in NYC Service PSA

New York City’s new PSA promoting the need for more high school mentors features two of Thrive’s pioneering School Mentors: Jonathan Del Rio (Thrive Collective’s original muse) and Frederick Castleberry (GQ darling and Harlem Village Academies HS trailblazer). We love sharing our heroes with the rest of the City! HS students in our city need…

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Thrive x Harlem Hub: Summer Arts Academy

The Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub and Thrive Collective present the first annual Bring Art Back Summer Arts Academy at the Harlem Hub, July 18th – August 3rd, from 11 am to 4pm, Monday – Friday. Register on-site at the Harlem Hub, 302 West 124th Street, 3rd Floor, July 16-20. Students will receive instruction in…

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NYCulture 2018

Thrive Collective proudly partnered with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for the third consecutive year this spring. (Read our Year 1 report here; Year 2 here.) Thanks to the ongoing support of NYC Council Members Vincent Gentile, Fernando Cabrera, Donovan Richards, and Andrew Cohen, in 2018 DCA directly invested in our work at eight schools through the…

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Liquidnet x NYC Service = Summer Refresh

Ten Liquidnet volunteers energized our Summer Refresh this Tuesday, enduring high temps (no A/C yet!) and two flights of rickety 100-year old steps to prepare Thrive Collective’s Harlem Hub studios in advance of our three-week summer arts camp. Projects included restocking art supplies from our spring mural season, and deep cleaning various studio spaces and…

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The Power of a Hot Dog

Life consists of little things, consistently experienced over time. Eleven years ago, a neighborhood church started the movement that became Thrive Collective by sponsoring a year-end BBQ for the students and staff of PS/MS 34 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. No one expected murals, music, mentoring, and more to ensue as a result of those…

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“Let’s Prevent” — A Film about Bullying

This spring, School Media students at MS/HS 141 Riverdal/Kingsbridge Academy produced “Let’s Prevent,” a documentary about bullying. The film features peers who have been both the bullies and the victims. Filmed, edited, and directed by students Jolany Alcantara and America Quezada.

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Thrive x Industry City

Thrive Sports is coming to Industry City this summer with Beyond the Game Skills Academy for six Wednesdays from July 11 – August 8. Youth ages 13-17 will gather at D’Emic Playground on 34th Street for basketball drills, tournaments, and more. Beyond the Game is a collaboration between Thrive Sports, Funsport, Inc., City Life, Brooklyn…

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