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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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Partner Spotlight: NeON Arts

Thrive Collective has proudly partnered with Carnegie Hall and NYC Department of Probation as a NeON Arts provider since 2018. Below is our portfolio of completed murals and student films. Thank you for your ongoing collaborations and support! Murals 2 Jamaica: Tree of Life Summer Intensive (Queens 2019) More Details 0 BCMS/PS 298: Live Well…

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Thrive Collective artists and mentors in Oakland

School Partners USA

Thrive Collective proudly launches School Partners USA today. To our friends in Dallas, San Diego, and Oakland: let’s get busy! _______________ Do you need help developing and implementing a strategy to impact your local schools? School Partners USA offers youth workers nine months of focused training and support for those who see engaging public schools…

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Murals Online: Public Art During Quarantine

During the pandemic, our Music and Media programs pivoted seamlessly online because the tools and outputs for those classes were already digital. Adapting the production of traditional Murals during quarantine was more tricky. For this school year, we are providing all remote options for our Murals program as well by offering digital outputs as alternatives…

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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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Private Clients Support the Cause

New in 2021 After years of one-off commissions for corporate events and private spaces, Thrive Collective proudly launches Thrive Private Clients in January 2021. Join a Community of Art Buyers who Choose Thrive Thrive Private Clients offers a double bottom line. Clients can trust that when they hire us to advance their mission, they support…

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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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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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Post COVID Mural Making

In 2020, despite COVID-19 scheduling disruptions and NY’s months-long stay home order, our incredible team of artists and students completed 30 public art murals after the city began reopening in July. Check out our full Murals portfolio here. Many of the projects that were canceled in 2020 have been rescheduled for 2021. Cheers to a…

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