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Tears from a Clown

“I cried three times the day after Eddie bought us a van. Mostly, they were tears of joy and gratitude, sprinkled with a healthy dose of humbling too.” Friends, We did it! Thank you to all who donated last month to support my birthday fundraiser to replace the 2005 Grand Caravan with 187k miles that…

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The Upgrade is Complete

Thank you to all who donated last month to support Jeremy Del Rio’s birthday fundraiser to replace the 2005 Grand Caravan with 187k miles that served as our School Murals cargo van. Last night, our upgrade was completed to this 2018 Ford Transit with just 14,600 miles. Even better, between donations and pledges, the van…

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Birthday Blessings and Minivans

Jeremy’s family minivan helped launch a movement. For his birthday, please help Thrive replace it. Five years ago, our founder Jeremy Del Rio’s family donated their minivan to help create hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in public schools. Since then, nearly 15,000 NYC public school students and volunteers have transformed their schools and…

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Muraling in Puerto Rico with Luna Velez

“If your heart is broken, make art with the pieces.” – Shane Koyczan “Si tu corazón está roto, haz arte con las piezas.” – Shane Koyczan We are so grateful for the generous and visionary support of the mayor of Añasco, Puerto Rico, acclaimed actress Luna Velez, Project Refuge PR, FEMA, NY Disaster Interfaith Services,…

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Turn Up the Value: Hub Music, Vol. 1

This week is the Fifth (and final) Friday of our Harlem Hub music pilot. Join us to help record “Turn Up the Value,” written by Hub students. Shout out to emcee / music educator Randy Mason for holding it down and turning it up! @hiphoppinheart Writing and recording session with the teens at @nycthrive #HarlemHub…

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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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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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Sterling K. Brown on Why Access to Arts Education is Important for All Kids

 From the corresponding article by Carson Blackwelder: Since its founding in 2011, Thrive Collective has been evolving with the times. While it is still focused on improving public education for all children by connecting schools with entities that could help them, it found that classrooms had two common requests: strengthening arts programs and finding mentors for kids. A 2014…

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Jeremy Del Rio speech at the hub

Photo Diary: Harlem Hub Open House

Award-winning actor Sterling K. Brown joins Clorox and Thrive Collective to celebrate the transformative power of clean at a new Youth Opportunity Hub in Harlem, New York, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. The space was cleaned with a grant from Clorox and the help of 250 community volunteers to create new possibilities for youth as an…

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Clean is Now Viral

For the youth in this Harlem community, the transformative power of clean brought this old building back to life, and into a safe place where they can express their creativity. This video, produced by ATTN: with Clorox for the Power of Clean campaign, has now been viewed more than 1.1 Million times as of 3/5/18.…

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