NYC Council Feels the HeART Beat

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Five hundred middle school students painted murals, designed video games, break danced, freestyle rapped, competed at tug-o-war and so much more at the HeART Beat Festival on May 30, 2018. Thrive Collective collaborated with Museum of the Moving Image, Black Spectrum Theatre, and Everybody Dance Now to produce the festival as the Queens culminating event for six middle schools participating in the NYC Council’s “Art A Catalyst for Change” anti-gun violence initiative. The art festival / field day offered fourteen activity centers in five color coded zones named for community leaders impacted by gun violence.

Thank you 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 initiative with the great students of IS 42Q, PS/MS183Q, IS 8Q, IS 72Q, IS 111, and IS 204. Special thanks to our collaborating arts education partners and staff from Museum of the Moving Image, Black Spectrum Theatre, and Everybody Dance Now, fifteen teaching artists, five congregations that recruited such amazing volunteers, teachers and chaperones, DJ Tony Tone, SpeekLyfe, graphic designer @emjsquared, and producer extraordinaire Randy Mason.

Video produced by Tony Horn / BRIC Arts Media for NYC Council.

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