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Spongebob’s New Island School Home

Look who helped celebrate our new “Islanders Dive Deeper” School Murals collab with Nickelodeon and Romero Britto! Children and staff alike at PS 188 The Island School enjoyed the antics of America’s favorite under the sea dweller Spongebob.  We braved the arctic blast to cut the ribbon on the mural today. Let’s recommit this holiday…

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Queens HeART Beat 2019

Video produced by Tony Horn / BRIC Arts Media for NYC Council  The 2nd Annual HeART Beat Festival returned to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on May 29, 2019. Middle school students painted murals, designed video games, break danced, freestyle rapped, competed at drama games and so much more. Thrive Collective collaborated with Museum of…

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Sterling K. Brown spending time with kids at the hub

Giving Tuesday 2019: Do You Love It?

Do You Love It? Donate At Thrive Collective, that’s the standard. Our mission matters, our people matter, our work matters, our results matter because we love it. Lots of “its,” actually. That love compels us to persevere through the hard times, and makes the good times sweeter. 13,000 students and 150 schools later, we can’t…

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Nickelodeon x Romero Britto x Spongebob’s 25th

New School Murals collab with Nickelodeon celebrates Spongebob’s 25th birthday and features art direction by Romero Britto & Marissa Molina. “If nautical nonsense be something you wish…” We are so excited to announce Thrive Collective’s newest school murals collab, this time with Nickelodeon and famed pop artist Romero Britto to celebrate Spongebob’s 25th birthday. The…

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Collaborative Art: A Transformational Force within Communities

Thrive Collective exemplifies “collaborative art as a transformational force to strengthen community and enhance well-being.” So said the University of Chicago in a best practice research report by Dr. Adriana V. Madzharov, Ph.D., Professor at the School of Business at the Stevens Institute of Technology, and her colleagues in the October 2019 issue of The Journal…

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Roots of Resilience

Seven years ago, Hurricane Sandy devastated the Atlantic coast. One year later, students from Coney Island celebrated their community’s Resilience. Watch the documentary here. The story of renewal and rebirth. After being partially destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, PS 329 and the community of Coney Island came together to rebuild the heart of their neighborhood and…

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WaiKKwedding

Congratulations to our Creative Director Kekoa and veteran teaching artist Kristen Leung on their spectacular Hawaiian nuptials. Thank you to Pilar Batista, Tony Khanimov, Pastors Rick and Arlene Del Rio, Jeremy Del Rio, and long time student Cyrus Del Rio for representing the Thrive Collective family at the celebration.   View this post on Instagram   Congratulations to…

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Cultural Legacy

This week as our executive director Jeremy Del Rio and his son Judah begin a writing project in Puerto Rico, we remember one of our earliest school murals. The “Legacy” mural (2015) at the Borinquen Plaza Senior Center celebrates the cultural legacy Puerto Rican immigrants brought with them from La Isla Del Encanto to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Featuring…

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Accountable Promises

This fall, the high school graduating class of 2020 begins the final leg of their public school journey — the most significant milestone yet for Thrive Collective. In 2008, we began as a campaign called 20/20 Vision for Schools, motivated by a belief that schools could change within a generation of students if parents and…

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