#BringArtBack

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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Art History: Murals Revitalize East 10th Street, Honor CHARAS Founders

On Saturday, December 17, an intergenerational group of Lower East Side leaders came together to celebrate the ribbon cutting for a series of murals that paid homage to the CHARAS/El Bohio Community Center, which was located at 605 East 9th Street from 1979 until the beginning of this century. The 152,000-square foot complex, once home…

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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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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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Columbia University Neighbors Features Thrive Collective

Our Executive Director, Jeremy Del Rio, Esq., speaks with Brandee Sanders of Columbia University Neighbors to discuss arts education as a means for community empowerment. Thank you, Columbia Neighbors, for profiling Thrive as one of your back to school features this month. “Creating an ecosystem of empowerment isn’t only crucial for students to thrive in…

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PS 250K: Extreme Mural Makeover

In Spring 2022, Thrive Collective partnered with PS 250 for a full mural makeover of the front entrance of their building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. After exploring different themes and design ideas with students, veteran street artists Kaves, RIBS, and Bianca Romero interpreted the student work on the wall. The completed makeover spans over 100 feet…

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Staten Island Advance Front Page features Thrive Mural Collabs

Over the last 4 years, Thrive Collective has partnered with Staten Island-based non-profit Projectivity Group, which has a similar mission of providing resources, opportunities, and education for anyone interested in pursuing the arts.  This Spring 2022 season, they collaborated on multiple projects throughout NYC.  Specifically, on Staten Island, they created murals at PS60, PS9, PS8,…

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