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Media Amplifies the Message

Thank you, Clorox and Sterling K. Brown, for helping to amplify the message that New York City must Bring Art Back to public schools. In the three weeks since we officially opened our new Harlem home at the Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub, media outlets have published at least 57 news reports and videos, including:…

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Sterling K. Brown on Why Access to Arts Education is Important for All Kids

 From the corresponding article by Carson Blackwelder: Since its founding in 2011, Thrive Collective has been evolving with the times. While it is still focused on improving public education for all children by connecting schools with entities that could help them, it found that classrooms had two common requests: strengthening arts programs and finding mentors for kids. A 2014…

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About Last Night

Our collective minds are blown, from an explosive cocktail of gratitude, pride, and a dash of fatigue at what transpired last night at the Power of Clean Open House for the Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub in Harlem. Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown (Black Panther, This is Us) joined Clorox, Thrive Collective, Community Connections for Youth,…

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Thrive brings art into public schools

Black Enterprise Features Thrive Collective

“There’s often a straight if dotted line between the arts … and the sciences. Kids who miss out on the arts often lack the chance to develop STEM skills as well, since the arts can aid in unlocking their understanding of STEM. The best private schools typically include extensive arts education, including the performing arts…

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On Tiempo: DACA Advocacy

On December 17, 2017, Jeremy Del Rio and Vanessa Upegui appeared on Tiempo on WABC 7 to advocate for a clean Dream Act and discuss the Camino de Sueños events hosted by Thrive Collective in NYC, and CCDA nationwide and in Washington, DC, on December 4th and 5th. Featured Mural: “Breathe Free, NYC,” with art…

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Thrive in the city

#DreamActNow

The Camino de Sueños that began in Detroit in October officially ended in Washington, DC, on December 5th. But the work continues to urge Congress to pass a clean Dream Act before the end of DACA puts 800,000 Dreamers at risk of deportation in March 2018 — including many Thrive Collective students. Jeremy Del Rio proudly…

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El Diario: Create an Immigrant Sanctuary

The June 11, 2017 issue of El Diario newspaper includes a photo essay from the production of La Lucha Continua: “’La Lucha Continúa’ se renueva en Manhattan como ‘santuario’ inmigrante,” by Marielis Acevedo, El Diario (June 06, 2017). Las manos de un niño de apenas dos años dejan su huella de color en el espacio como símbolo…

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La Lucha is Finished, but the Struggle Continues

“La Lucha Continua” (2017) Art Direction by Sam Wisneski / ThriveCollective.org Loisaida Center + FABNYC + Thrive Collective Community Mural at First Street Green Corner of 2nd Avenue & Houston Street, Manhattan Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the twenty-six La Lucha Continua community murals painted by the community mural collective Artmakers Inc. in the Lower…

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Grand Marshal

Brooklyn’s 65th annual Norwegian Day Parade honored Thrive Collective executive director Jeremy Del Rio as grand marshal and guest speaker on May 21st. “This year’s guest speaker and grand marshal was Jeremy Del Rio, co-founder of Thrive Collective, a nonprofit that creates hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in public schools. Del Rio —…

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Dishonorable Mention: Rolling Stone Corrects the Record

Ed. Note: On March 23, 2017, Rolling Stone magazine published false allegations about Thrive Collective conspiring with Betsy Devos to undermine public education, and using murals and mentoring programs as a pretense for churches to evangelize. Below are our published responses in the magazine and on the website. 1. ONLINE: “Update” posted on Rolling Stone’s website on 4/5/17, appended to…

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