COVID-19 updates and #KindnessBeatsTheVirus remote learning resources.

What Makes us Human?

Meet some of the architects of #KindnessBeatsTheVirus: street art legend Toofly and some of her students Sydney, Lymarie, and Edmond. They describe their inspiration, their “why,” like this: “All the things we are afraid to do are the things that make us human. We are trying to bring that humanity back, and give people hope.”…

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A Gift from the Spider-Verse

Acclaimed actress Luna Velez (Miles Morales’ mom from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) joins Thrive Collective students and artists because #KindnessBeatsTheVirus. “Our most basic human instincts require connection to process pain, and heal in community. “Whether you identify as an artist or simply as human, the pandemic provides unique moments to connect with others creatively. “Help…

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Free Mural Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/13/2020                                    Contact: Jeremy Del Rio 347-921-4426 Email #KindnessBeatsTheVirus Thrive Collective Launches Free Mural Contest and Provides Arts Resources for Students and Educators in response to COVID-19 Art has always helped humanity process and heal from trauma.…

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Quarantine Coloring Book by WallWorks NY

Featured Partner: WallWorks NY

As part of our ongoing collection of Tools for Schools, WallWorks NY has curated the “Quarantine Coloring Book,” featuring legendary artists: BIO, BG183, Br163, CRASH, DAZE, FENX, Jahan, Joe Iurato, Lady Pink, Logan Hicks, MadC, MIST, NICER, Nick Walker, Olga Correa, Remi Rough, Shiro, Smetsky, and Steph Burr. Wallworks proprietor Crash, a longtime friend of…

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We Mourn with Those who Mourn

In 2016 at the We Are Thrive exhibition, we had the privilege of honoring NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer for inspiring BringArtBack with his “State of the Arts” report two years earlier. “Kindness Beats the Virus,” Thrive’s response to Covid-19 is part of that same movement. Today we join Mr. Stringer in mourning his mother’s passing…

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Tools for Schools

Free Resources for Remote Learning During the Coronavirus quarantine, unleash your creativity with these free coloring pages, lesson plans, daily prompts, the hashtag challenge and more. Share your stories, photos, media, and art on social media, and tag #KindnessBeatsTheVirus and @NYCThrive. Check back weekly on Mondays for new resources.

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Help Kindness Go Viral

What if Kindness goes viral? What if a novel strain of #CoronaKindness infected #humanKIND during the quarantine? A kindness not inoculated by mistrust and cynicism. What if #HopeAndHealing were as infectious as COVID-19? What if we #ConquerCorona because #KindnessBeatsTheVirus? This week, five public school students gathered in lower Manhattan with #ThriveCollective teaching artist Jon Souza…

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Responding to COVID-19

Update as of 3/16/2020 As New Yorkers, we know that the roots of NYC’s resilience run deep. During times of fear and uncertainty, it helps to remember that collective trauma creates opportunities for collective hope and healing. This short documentary shows how one school community healed after the shared pain of Hurricane Sandy. Last night…

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