#BringArtBack

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NYCulture 2018

Thrive Collective proudly partnered with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for the third consecutive year this spring. (Read our Year 1 report here; Year 2 here.) Thanks to the ongoing support of NYC Council Members Vincent Gentile, Fernando Cabrera, Donovan Richards, and Andrew Cohen, in 2018 DCA directly invested in our work at eight schools through the…

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The Art of Healing through Creativity

On Saturday, June 30th, a spirit of healing reverberated throughout our first ever Art of Healing festival where we stood, arms in arms against gun violence and provided space for individuals to heal through pain through creative fun, music, and games. With support from the community, colleague arts organizations, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance,…

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The Mural Kings X Thrive Collective

History was made again this week, when the Tats Cru a/k/a The Mural Kings joined forces with Thrive Collective for the “I Am The Bronx” school mural at JHS 123. It was a homecoming of sorts for Bio, Nicer, and BG 183, who grew up in the school’s Soundview neighborhood and began muraling together in…

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Sterling K. Brown on Giving Back

Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown joined Clorox and Thrive Collective to celebrate the opening of our new Studio Arts programs at the Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub in Harlem, on Feb. 27, 2018. The space was cleaned with a grant from Clorox and the help of 250 community volunteers. Give today to support the move.

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Mondays are for Mural Unveilings

It feels that way every June. This Monday, June 11th, we cut two more ribbons at Walton High School Campus in the Bronx, and Telecommunications High School in Brooklyn. Portfolios coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy the Instagram previews. Each #SchoolMurals project takes on the character of the individual school community that creates it. Today…

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HeART Beat Photo Diary

– Photos and commentary by Thrive Intern Chandler Simpson (UNC Chapel Hill) The 2018 Queens HeART Beat Festival was a carefully ordered sequence of frenetic rhythms set by DJ Tony Tone’s spinning onstage. The controlled chaos unleashed a torrent of energy constantly harnessed through the many creative outlets around the park, from visual arts to…

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Full STEAM Ahead: Diversity in Action

Fun feature by Adina Solomon in the current issue of Diversity Magazine: “As schools cut art programs, the nonprofit Thrive Collective works to fill the gap.” “ART COMES ALIVE” As schools cut art programs, Thrive Collective is working hard to fill the gap..our latest Full STEAM Ahead feature-thank you! @jeremydelrio @NYCthrive @SterlingKBrown https://t.co/ChBWdkwsaZ — Diversity…

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AC Hotel Times Square: Do it Beautifully

“Thank you @nycthrive for this wonderful piece. Our collaboration means a lot to us and we are humbled by it.” – AC Hotels Times Square “If you can take the time to do something, you can take the time to do it beautifully.” This AC Hotels mantra inspired the “Beautifully” installation at our newest corporate…

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Media Amplifies the Message

Thank you, Clorox and Sterling K. Brown, for helping to amplify the message that New York City must Bring Art Back to public schools. In the three weeks since we officially opened our new Harlem home at the Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub, media outlets have published at least 57 news reports and videos, including:…

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