Jeremy Del Rio

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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Remembering 9/11

Thrive Collective executive director Jeremy Del Rio woke up a corporate lawyer on 9/11. He never made it to work that day, and never returned to practicing law. Here he is (L) along with Thrive’s community outreach director Pastor Rick Del Rio of Abounding Grace Ministries (C) and Pastor Marc Rivera of Primitive Christian Church (R)…

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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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NY1 Noticias: Jóvenes embellecen su vecindario

From NY1 Noticias, “Jóvenes embellecen su vecindario del Bronx con murales artísticos,” by Jonathan Inoa (August 15, 2018). Watch the video here. Estos jóvenes del Sur de Bronx embellecen la calle debajo de la autopista Mayor Deegan Expressway en Mott Haven. “Pienso en todos esos niños y personas que pasan por aquí camino al trabajo…

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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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DANY: Art of Healing Comes to East Harlem

[Press Release and Photos by the Office of the District Attorney of New York] D.A. Vance, Thrive Collective, Partners Host First-Ever “Art of Healing” Festival in East Harlem in Honor of Gun Violence Awareness Month JULY 2, 2018 Festival Offered Arts Activities Designed to Heal Trauma, Featured Remarks by Parkland Survivor Aalayah Eastmond Festival Coincided…

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