Jeremy Del Rio

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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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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ABC 7 Features “Street Art Legend” Toofly

Congratulations to Toofly, whose artistry and Kindness Beats the Virus collaboration is being featured for Hispanic Heritage month by WABC 7 this week. If you’ve worked with her, you know she’s amazing. The report captures her beautifully, and includes footage of our #KindnessBeatsTheVirus mural production at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in the Lower…

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Rep. John Lewis Memorial

Thrive Collective’s executive director Jeremy Del Rio was asked by The NYC Mayor’s Office to reflect on the intersection of faith and justice at an online Memorial Service for Rep. John Lewis on September 15. Jeremy’s remarks follow. 🎨 Mural by Damien Mitchell for Projectivity 📷 by Sold magazine John Lewis Memorial Service September 15,…

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BLM Mural: The Letter A

Humbled to be featured in the latest installment of Your Neighbor’s Backyard’s “Good Neighbor” series, which highlights people who are using their resources to help others. Filmmaker Jonathan Cortizo tells the story of Thrive Collective helping bring to life artist Tijay Mohammed‘s design for the Black Lives Matter mural in lower Manhattan. Tijay shares what he hopes…

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Debate not Diatribe

“It’s disingenuous to condemn vandalism of private property and then praise vandalism of lawful public art. Regardless of whether one agrees with the statement Black Lives Matter, the BLM murals in New York and elsewhere have been properly permitted by relevant authorities as protected speech and also as legal street art. To deface what the…

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Combating COVID

Thrive Collective executive director Jeremy Del Rio has taught nationally for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative since graduating from the program in 2010. This summer DVULI features Thrive’s response to COVID-19 in their quarterly publication. Here’s the article. Download the pdf. #kindnessbeatsthevirus In New York, students and artists combat the coronavirus with kindness. By Jeremy…

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BLM Mural: As Seen on Social Media

Thanks to all the photographers and videographers who captured the #BlackLivesMatter mural making moments in Foley Square last week. Enjoy this selection of Instagram highlights from collaborators, videographers, and NYC officials. Check out @nycthrive on Instagram for process and finished photos, videos, and more. Manhattan Borough President @galeabrewer   View this post on Instagram  …

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NYC Council Honors Thrive

With an enthusiastic group of students, interns, teaching artists, staff, and mentors in attendance, the New York City Council honored Thrive Collective on November 14 for its “exceptional work creating hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in New York City public schools.” Calling Thrive’s executive director Jeremy Del Rio, “a true champion,” New York…

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Cultural Legacy

This week as our executive director Jeremy Del Rio and his son Judah begin a writing project in Puerto Rico, we remember one of our earliest school murals. The “Legacy” mural (2015) at the Borinquen Plaza Senior Center celebrates the cultural legacy Puerto Rican immigrants brought with them from La Isla Del Encanto to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Featuring…

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