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Heidi Yarger

A Brief History of Thrive Collective: Interactive Timeline

Check out our new interactive timeline! 2022 has been a record-breaking year. We completed our 300th mural, served our 25,000th student and 200th school, and our executive director Jeremy Del Rio marks his 40th year of ministry in New York’s Lower East Side and beyond. As we look back at the years of service in…

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Uplifting Community Visions at P.S./M.S. 183 Q

The playground murals were titled, “A Space to Dream,” and featured quilt-like borders inspired by Faith Ringgold. Art as a Catalyst for Change Our seventh mural at P.S/M.S 183 Q Dr. Richard Green School is complete! Made possible through Art as a Catalyst for Change, a city-wide program initiated by several NYC Council members and…

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15 Years of Murals at PS/MS 34

Nine Murals Later A full view of the mural. Aptly named, Make Your Mark, the newest mural at P.S. 034 Franklin D. Roosevelt illustrates a community that empowers its students to follow their dreams. Thrive Collective’s flagship mural location, P.S. 034, was the first school to participate in a mural project way back in 2007,…

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PS 18: A School of Superheroes

We the Power Credits for the mural. Photo: Vanesa ÁlvarezDíaz Taking their creative powers to new heights, teaching artists Vanesa and Arantxa transformed eighty-seven students and eleven faculty members into community superheroes at P.S. 18 this spring! The artists completed the three-story mural along the stairwells of P.S. 18 Edward Bush Elementary School.  Titled We…

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A Bright and Lively Community Mural

Kadeem Phillip, art director, beside the mural’s centerpiece portrait Dream Neighborhood With their newly completed 908 square foot “Arverne Adventure” mural, the students of M.S. 42 Q Robert Vernam are demonstrating that dreaming big pays off! Created under the artistic direction of Kadeem Phillip and project management of Lourdes Rojo, students collaboratively envisioned their dream…

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Dreaming Big at P.S. 89Q

“All Voices Must Be Heard” The mural rendition of a student’s “parrot pirate” “It was this drawing that made me realize I wanted to highlight the student’s work more than anything,” Thrive teaching artist Vanesa said as she introduced the new “Dream Big” Gleane Street mural at P.S. 89Q. The drawing shows two figures between…

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Frederick Douglass Mural Shows Pride

A front view of the finished mural. Photo:@hey-uhey8 Words of gratitude, delight, and pride abounded from faculty and students alike as artist Daze transformed Frederick Douglass Academy (FDA) with a new mural outside the school entrance. Painted predominately with spray paint, the mural was completed in just two weeks! The fast transformation meant each time…

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School Spotlight—The Ryer Ave. Elementary School

Recognizing In-House Heroes While the recently completed mural makeover at P.S. 9, The Ryer Avenue Elementary School, celebrates Bronx-born heroes and legends like Sonia Sotomayor, Stan Lee, MC Debbie Dee, and Neil deGrasse Tyson on the walls, it also celebrates the impact that people are making within the walls of P.S. 9! Tats Cru represents…

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Legendary Graffiti Artists Transform P.S. 9 with Mural Makeover

Living, Breathing Artists from the Bronx  Tats Cru’s work around the school entrance. It’s a rare school that features murals by some of the greatest street artists in the world, but P.S. 9, Ryer Avenue Elementary School does! A massive mural makeover transformed three floors of this Bronx-based elementary school over the past two weekends.…

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Celebrating Community Excellence at P.S. 249

“A Culture of Learning and of Love” Only six NYC public schools received the National Blue Ribbon Award this year from the US Department of Education. Our beloved school partner P.S. 249 The Caton School was one of the six! They honored Thrive Collective by inviting us to cut the ribbon for our newest mural…

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