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Peter Steinmann

Mourning the Death of Robert W. Ayala

With a heavy heart, we must let our community know our dear friend and collaborator, Rob Ayala, passed away. Rob played a key role with Thrive Collective; as a leader and pillar of RHYME, a content creator with our social media team, and contributions to our Murals Program. Rob was the epitome of what it…

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Local Newspaper Reflects on the Importance of R.H.Y.M.E

Happy New Year! Here at Thrive, we are starting 2023 on a good note.  Last week, Bronx newspaper The Hunts Point Express published an article highlighting R.H.Y.M.E’s recent work with students from the Bronx Charter School of the Arts in Hunts Point.  The article, posted online on December 3o, 2022, went far beyond giving a…

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Spraying an Abandoned Building on 10th Street

On an especially cold November day, artist William Power stood before a wall on 10th street with a can of spray paint. Wearing a gas mask and working in front of a camera capturing time-lapse footage, William carefully added shadows and wrinkles to the image of a Puerto Rican flag draped over the shoulders of…

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A Storm, A Church and Three 18-Wheelers

The line of people waiting for supplies and hot food never seemed to drop below 20,000. Late October, 2012: Hurricane Sandy hits New York City. The category 3 hurricane causes an explosion in a Lower East Side power factory. In a matter of seconds, lower Manhattan goes dark with a power outage. Partnering with other…

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We (sort of) won an Emmy!

In 2021, Thrive collaborated with students from Metropolitan Diploma Plus High School in Brooklyn to produce a 442-square-foot mural entitled “Greetings from Brownsville.” Journalist Darren McQuade covered the mural in a story aired on PIX 11. Check it out below! In September of that year, the 43rd News and Documentary Emmy Awards were held in…

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Families Reunite at Bed-Stuy Mural Festival

For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation (Ephesians 2:14) In October of 2022, Bedford-Stuyvesant held its first-ever mural festival. Entitled “BedStuy Walls,” it invited artists to spray a long stretch of wall on Lexington Avenue belonging to a one-story warehouse. Artist Michela…

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When Childhood and Adulthood Converge

On November 28, 2022, Thrive Collective hosted an interactive art exhibition at the Barclays Center during a game between the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic. While Kevin Durant was busy delivering a 45-point performance, visitors had the opportunity to collaborate on a mural with Thrive’s very own teaching artists.  As quarter after quarter of the…

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Propel Thrive into 2023: Join The 300

This year, Thrive Collective has more than 300 reasons to celebrate.  Since 2014, 25,000 students have completed 300 murals in our mission to eradicate artless education in NYC and beyond. #GivingTuesday marks the launch of our “300 for 300” campaign.  300 murals. 300 donors. One united movement to #BringArtBack. Join The 300. Give today. 100%…

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