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Quarantine Coloring Book by WallWorks NY

Featured Partner: WallWorks NY

As part of our ongoing collection of Tools for Schools, WallWorks NY has curated the “Quarantine Coloring Book,” featuring legendary artists: BIO, BG183, Br163, CRASH, DAZE, FENX, Jahan, Joe Iurato, Lady Pink, Logan Hicks, MadC, MIST, NICER, Nick Walker, Olga Correa, Remi Rough, Shiro, Smetsky, and Steph Burr. Wallworks proprietor Crash, a longtime friend of…

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We Mourn with Those who Mourn

In 2016 at the We Are Thrive exhibition, we had the privilege of honoring NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer for inspiring BringArtBack with his “State of the Arts” report two years earlier. “Kindness Beats the Virus,” Thrive’s response to Covid-19 is part of that same movement. Today we join Mr. Stringer in mourning his mother’s passing…

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Tools for Schools

Free Resources for Remote Learning During the Coronavirus quarantine, unleash your creativity with these free coloring pages, lesson plans, daily prompts, the hashtag challenge and more. Share your stories, photos, media, and art on social media, and tag #KindnessBeatsTheVirus and @NYCThrive. Check back weekly on Mondays for new resources.

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Help Kindness Go Viral

What if Kindness goes viral? What if a novel strain of #CoronaKindness infected #humanKIND during the quarantine? A kindness not inoculated by mistrust and cynicism. What if #HopeAndHealing were as infectious as COVID-19? What if we #ConquerCorona because #KindnessBeatsTheVirus? This week, five public school students gathered in lower Manhattan with #ThriveCollective teaching artist Jon Souza…

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Responding to COVID-19

Update as of 3/16/2020 As New Yorkers, we know that the roots of NYC’s resilience run deep. During times of fear and uncertainty, it helps to remember that collective trauma creates opportunities for collective hope and healing. This short documentary shows how one school community healed after the shared pain of Hurricane Sandy. Last night…

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This crew right here (plus several not pictured) just developed a social media strategy and launched @thrivecollectivekids on Instagram. They think they’re going to “beat” Thrive’s “Old Instagram” by getting more followers than us within 60 days. Help them reach their goal with a follow. 🎨 🎼 🎬 🏀

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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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