Videos

Why Hip Hop Education?

Hip Hop Provides a Voice, Name, Movement, Community, and Knowledge. That’s why we teach it. In this video, Thrive Collective’s hip hop director Randy Mason reminds us that the five elements of hip hop provide us a voice (emcees), a name (graffiti), a movement (b-boys), and a community (DJ-driven house and block parties) wrapped up…

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“Beloved”

“Beloved” powerfully exposes the lies and trauma of human trafficking. It also embodies the power and possibility of “remote learning” in the time of COVID-19. This interstate collaboration resulted from a Zoom-based networking session co-facilitated by Jeremy Del Rio in October 2020 for the CCDA National Conference. The conference was conducted for the first time…

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R.H.Y.M.E. Open Mic

R.H.Y.M.E. (Rhymes Help Young Minds Excel) Online is a virtual educational Hip Hop youth program that teaches mic skills and life skills through the art of emceeing. In November of 2020 Thrive Collective partnered with The Point CDC to provide R.H.Y.M.E for Bronx teens affiliated with their “Minds Empowered” and A.C.T.I.O.N programs via a six-week…

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From Student Drawings to Designs

Thrive Teaching Artist Michela Muserra demonstrates how she integrates student drawings directly into mural designs. Watch the animations. https://www.thrivecollective.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/animation-1.mp4 https://www.thrivecollective.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/animation-3.mp4 These characters appear in the “CREATE” mural in Brooklyn. Check out the completed mural portfolio here. Thank you to the students, faculty and staff of PS 264 in Bay Ridge, and Council Member Justin Brannan…

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NeON Arts Digital Media

Thrive Media Director Christine Casado During the the Covid-19 pandemic, Thrive Collective provided our Summer Media Academy remotely in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s NeON Arts program. I was proud to serve as the primary teaching artist. For six weeks, students gathered online to learn the basics of digital filmmaking using readily available smartphones, tablets, and…

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2020 Review: The Antidote to the Taker is the Giver

Jeremy and Randy review Thrive Collective’s historic 2020. Kindness still beats the virus, and so much more. “2020 has taken so much. And yet, despite all of that, we’ve seen the resilience of humanity. This generous spirit rises above all. … That resilience suggests that the antidote to the taker is the giver. … Students…

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As Seen in: Met Stories, NYC All In & Hu$tle

We are honored to announce three fun video updates right before Christmas. First, the most recent Met Stories video by the Metropolitan Museum of Art features clips of the Create! Harlem mural. New York City’s tourism office includes a clip of the Make Space for the Arts mural in a recent “All In” video feature…

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R.H.Y.M.E. (Rhymes Help Young Minds Excel)

R.H.Y.M.E. (Rhymes Help Young Minds Excel) teaches mic skills and life skills through the art of emceeing, with Bronx emcee and Thrive Studio Arts Director Randy Mason. This video recaps a RHYME workshop in collaboration with La Bodega Studios in the Bronx, sponsored in part by Bronx Council on the Arts, The Bronx Native, Empanology,…

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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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BLM Mural: The Letter A

Humbled to be featured in the latest installment of Your Neighbor’s Backyard’s “Good Neighbor” series, which highlights people who are using their resources to help others. Filmmaker Jonathan Cortizo tells the story of Thrive Collective helping bring to life artist Tijay Mohammed‘s design for the Black Lives Matter mural in lower Manhattan. Tijay shares what he hopes…

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