Our Team

Together We Can

Senior Staff

The organization’s core leadership team includes nationally recognized experts holding advanced degrees in law (JD), visual arts and painting (MFA), music performance and teaching (MA and PhD), Sociology (PhD), Accounting (MBA), and theology and youth development (MDiv). Collectively, they possess more than seventy-five years of experience in youth and community development, education, music, film, and art; and four of them have taught as professors at undergraduate and graduate schools. Teaching artists all hold bachelors degrees or higher in their respective fields.

Board of Directors

Walter Sotelo, Chair & Co-Founder
Walter Sotelo, Chair & Co-Founder
President, Ideanuts
Mill Harris
Mill Harris
Vice President, Wells Fargo

Schools We Serve



New York City has 1,800 public schools citywide. We have served 200 of them in 25 school districts and 40 of 51 Council Districts.

Thrive Teaching Artists

Painters. Film makers. Musicians. Interested in serving as a Thrive Teaching Artist?

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Thrive Interns


Your time is valuable. You volunteer because you have something beautiful to offer the world around you. You want to make a difference.

That’s why we match our volunteers to opportunities where you’ll add the most value. We promise to never give you busy work.

Our volunteers empower students to create masterpiece lives as they beautify the world around them. Our collaborative teams embrace student-led public art as a vehicle for awareness, change, and wrap-around supports necessary for all NYC students and schools to thrive — without exception or condition.

Volunteer Today!