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Sixteen All-Star Muralists x Homecoming Week

As part of New York City’s “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC” experience and emphasizing the historical connection between Hip Hop and graffiti art, Thrive Collective—a nonprofit that creates hope and opportunity through arts, sports, and mentoring in and around public schools—has curated a roster of standout New York City street artists that will…

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WPIX 11 NY: Queens Homecoming Concert rocks Forest Hills Stadium

by: Greg Mocker Posted: Aug 20, 2021 / 10:52 PM EDT / Updated: Aug 20, 2021 / 10:52 PM EDT Some of the biggest names in music have performed at Forest Hills Stadium. Friday night, the “Father of Funk” helped headline the final NYC Homecoming Concert before the Central Park main event. George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars…

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Homecoming Concerts Kick-Off in The Bronx

“It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC” Free Concert Series Kicks-Off in The Bronx August 16, 2021 First 1,000 ticket holders who arrive at concerts can receive a free, limited edition “It’s Time for Hip Hop in NYC” T-Shirt Live temporary art installations will be curated by Thrive Collective and feature Tats Cru, among other…

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CBS: Students Team up with Local Artists

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) Some Bronx school kids teamed up with local artists Wednesday to brighten up their schoolyard. Children with the “Summer Rising” program painted a mural at P17X. City schools chancellor Meisha Ross Porter was there to take in the artistic creation. Students in “Summer Rising” get access to art, music and theater. Watch…

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ABC 7 Features “Street Art Legend” Toofly

Congratulations to Toofly, whose artistry and Kindness Beats the Virus collaboration is being featured for Hispanic Heritage month by WABC 7 this week. If you’ve worked with her, you know she’s amazing. The report captures her beautifully, and includes footage of our #KindnessBeatsTheVirus mural production at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in the Lower…

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A Garden Mural for Stapleton Houses

From NYCHA Journal. A beautiful, bright garden has sprouted on the walls of the Stapleton Senior Center at Staten Island’s Stapleton Houses. The flowers are made of paint in this new mural, “Flowers of Our People,” which features an array of flowers and residents caring for the garden and participating in activities such as tai chi, meditation, and more. Residents from the senior center, as well as other Stapleton locals, offered design ideas for the mural, which…

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Debate not Diatribe

“It’s disingenuous to condemn vandalism of private property and then praise vandalism of lawful public art. Regardless of whether one agrees with the statement Black Lives Matter, the BLM murals in New York and elsewhere have been properly permitted by relevant authorities as protected speech and also as legal street art. To deface what the…

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Combating COVID

Thrive Collective executive director Jeremy Del Rio has taught nationally for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative since graduating from the program in 2010. This summer DVULI features Thrive’s response to COVID-19 in their quarterly publication. Here’s the article. Download the pdf. #kindnessbeatsthevirus In New York, students and artists combat the coronavirus with kindness. By Jeremy…

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As Seen in the NY Times

The ‘Black Lives Matter’ Street Art That Contain Multitudes The works in Harlem and Lower Manhattan are much more than a challenge to President Trump; they are opportunities for Black artists and community togetherness. By Julia Jacobs The street painting at Foley Square resembles many that have been done around the country in its word…

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