Photo Diary

Viacom Photo Diary

On August 2, a team of Viacom volunteers helped paint our “Make Space for for the Arts” community mural collaboration with YUCA Arts in Mott Haven (Bronx) as part of the company’s Viacommunity initiative. Their photographer Steven Stauffer shared these amazing photographs with us. Photos by Steven Stauffer for Viacom / Viacommunity “Make Space for…

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Hoopin’ it since ’94

You might wonder how Thrive Sports has been organizing 3-on-3 basketball tournaments for 24 years, when it only launched officially last month. Here’s how. Collage from past AGM/Xcel tournaments. Jeremy produced his first basketball tournament in 1994 for Abounding Grace Ministries, and they’ve continued the Lower East Side tradition ever since. Accounting for one unfortunate…

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The Art of Healing through Creativity

On Saturday, June 30th, a spirit of healing reverberated throughout our first ever Art of Healing festival where we stood, arms in arms against gun violence and provided space for individuals to heal through pain through creative fun, music, and games. With support from the community, colleague arts organizations, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance,…

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Liquidnet x NYC Service = Summer Refresh

Ten Liquidnet volunteers energized our Summer Refresh this Tuesday, enduring high temps (no A/C yet!) and two flights of rickety 100-year old steps to prepare Thrive Collective’s Harlem Hub studios in advance of our three-week summer arts camp. Projects included restocking art supplies from our spring mural season, and deep cleaning various studio spaces and…

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The Power of a Hot Dog

Life consists of little things, consistently experienced over time. Eleven years ago, a neighborhood church started the movement that became Thrive Collective by sponsoring a year-end BBQ for the students and staff of PS/MS 34 in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. No one expected murals, music, mentoring, and more to ensue as a result of those…

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Mondays are for Mural Unveilings

It feels that way every June. This Monday, June 11th, we cut two more ribbons at Walton High School Campus in the Bronx, and Telecommunications High School in Brooklyn. Portfolios coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy the Instagram previews. Each #SchoolMurals project takes on the character of the individual school community that creates it. Today…

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HeART Beat Photo Diary

– Photos and commentary by Thrive Intern Chandler Simpson (UNC Chapel Hill) The 2018 Queens HeART Beat Festival was a carefully ordered sequence of frenetic rhythms set by DJ Tony Tone’s spinning onstage. The controlled chaos unleashed a torrent of energy constantly harnessed through the many creative outlets around the park, from visual arts to…

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Photo Diary: Harlem Hub Open House

Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown joins Clorox and Thrive Collective to celebrate the transformative power of clean at a new Youth Opportunity Hub in Harlem, New York, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. The space was cleaned with a grant from Clorox and the help of 250 community volunteers to create new possibilities for youth as an…

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MLK Photo Diary: Clean is the Beginning

Nearly three hundred New Yorkers volunteered to help clean and refurbish Thrive Collective’s new Harlem Hub home on Saturday and Monday to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s National Day of Service weekend. As our sponsor Clorox reminded us: “Cleaning isn’t the opposite of dirty — it is the start of new possibilities. Clean…

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#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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