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Randy Mason rap with student

HeART Beat Queens Photo Diary (2019)

Thank you NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, and Council Members Donovan Richards, Adrienne Adams, and Jimmy Van Bramer for trusting us to celebrate the Art a Catalyst for Change anti-gun violence initiative with the great students of IS 42, PS/MS 183, IS 8, IS 72, IS 111, and IS 204. On…

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“Gifts > Guns,” Song and Lyrics by PS/MS 42Q 6th Graders

“Gifts > Guns,” song and lyrics by 6th grade scholar/emcees MS/MS 42Q in The Rockaways Teaching Artist: Randy Mason Sponsored by NYC Council Member Donovan Richards / Art a Catalyst for Change Use words not weapons Shoot for the stars not at them Give kids gifts not guns Help instead of harm People instead of…

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“Serendipity,” by Michela Muserra

This mural had a story. Now it has two. I started this mural in April 2017. Through Thrive Collective, the non-profit I work for, I was assigned PS 282 Elementary School in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The mural would be a celebration of life for all the kids in the school, but most of all it…

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Miguel Ortiz: New Yorker of the Week

Congratulations to current Thrive interns Miguel Ortiz for being named NY1’s New Yorker of the Week, and his protege Alexander Santana for being featured alongside him. We are so grateful to both young men for allowing Thrive Collective to be part of their journey. __________ Miguel Ortiz: After Years in Foster Care, Mentor Helps Those…

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Clorox Oakland location

Coming to Oakland: Clorox X Thrive 2.0

For the second consecutive year, Clorox sponsors Thrive to beautify a youth arts space. Thrive Collective and URBANLIFE with Clorox The Power of Clean The power of clean can make a difference in peoples’ lives and communities. Join Thrive Collective and URBANLIFE Mentors, in partnership with the Clorox What Comes Next Project, to set the…

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Volunteer for HeART Beat Queens 2019

Six hundred students from six Queens middle schools will converge at Roy Wilkins Park for the 2019 Queens HeART Beat Festival on May 30 from 10am – 1pm. Join us to provide an interactive, arts-based field day experience celebrating the completion of the Art a Catalyst for Change anti-gun violence initiative. Sponsored by the NYC Council, in…

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News12 Brooklyn Features Thrive X NeON Arts

April 12, 2019 — News 12 Brooklyn features Thrive Collective’s NeON Arts partnership with PS 298 and Brownsville Collaborative Middle School at the Betty Shabazz Campus in Brownsville. “I wish you power that equals your intelligence and your strength. I wish you success that equals your talent and determination. And I wish you faith.” –…

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Skills, Drills, & Conditioning: Coming to BX and BK this Spring

This April and May, join Coach Damian at St. Mary’s Park and Recreation Center in the Bronx and Sunset Park Recreation Center in Brooklyn for an eight-week Basketball Skills, Drills, & Conditioning program.  The Bronx program is Mondays from 6-7:30 starting April 8th. Brooklyn is Wednesdays from 7:30-9 starting on April 10th. Go here to register,…

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Good Morning San Diego: First Lady Endorses Concrete and Canvas

We proudly honor Carlos Nicasio and Thrive Collective’s San Diego affiliate Concrete and Canvas today. Watch First Lady Katherine Faulconer of San Diego commend his great work, forecast today’s “Neighborhood Experience” event with One San Diego that features live painting by C&C artists, and surprise him with a grant on live television.

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