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On Tiempo: DACA Advocacy

On December 17, 2017, Jeremy Del Rio and Vanessa Upegui appeared on Tiempo on WABC 7 to advocate for a clean Dream Act and discuss the Camino de Sueños events hosted by Thrive Collective in NYC, and CCDA nationwide and in Washington, DC, on December 4th and 5th. Featured Mural: “Breathe Free, NYC,” with art…

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#DreamActNow

The Camino de Sueños that began in Detroit in October officially ended in Washington, DC, on December 5th. But the work continues to urge Congress to pass a clean Dream Act before the end of DACA puts 800,000 Dreamers at risk of deportation in March 2018 — including many Thrive Collective students. Jeremy Del Rio proudly…

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El Diario: Create an Immigrant Sanctuary

The June 11, 2017 issue of El Diario newspaper includes a photo essay from the production of La Lucha Continua: “’La Lucha Continúa’ se renueva en Manhattan como ‘santuario’ inmigrante,” by Marielis Acevedo, El Diario (June 06, 2017). Las manos de un niño de apenas dos años dejan su huella de color en el espacio como símbolo…

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La Lucha is Finished, but the Struggle Continues

“La Lucha Continua” (2017) Art Direction by Sam Wisneski / ThriveCollective.org Loisaida Center + FABNYC + Thrive Collective Community Mural at First Street Green Corner of 2nd Avenue & Houston Street, Manhattan Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the twenty-six La Lucha Continua community murals painted by the community mural collective Artmakers Inc. in the Lower…

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Grand Marshal

Brooklyn’s 65th annual Norwegian Day Parade honored Thrive Collective executive director Jeremy Del Rio as grand marshal and guest speaker on May 21st. “This year’s guest speaker and grand marshal was Jeremy Del Rio, co-founder of Thrive Collective, a nonprofit that creates hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in public schools. Del Rio —…

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Dishonorable Mention: Rolling Stone Corrects the Record

Ed. Note: On March 23, 2017, Rolling Stone magazine published false allegations about Thrive Collective conspiring with Betsy Devos to undermine public education, and using murals and mentoring programs as a pretense for churches to evangelize. Below are our published responses in the magazine and on the website. 1. ONLINE: “Update” posted on Rolling Stone’s website on 4/5/17, appended to…

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Talking #BringArtBack with Eric Metaxas

On January 18, 2017, Salem Radio Network host Eric Metaxas welcomed Thrive Collective co-founders Jeremy Del Rio and Walter Sotelo into his NYC studio to talk #BringArtBack. Listen to the broadcast above, or download the .mp3. Great time in studio with my friend and @nycthrive co-conspirator @walterlsotelo discussing #BringArtBack with @metaxastalk . Thanks for living…

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More Coney Art Walls Buzz

Thank you to the amazing response from the media last week celebrating the great work by NYC public school students and dedicated artists beautifying West 15th Street in Coney Island as part of the Coney Art Walls initiative. Here are a few of the reports. 1. “Brush with Fame: Kids paint mural with acclaimed artist” by…

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Fox 5 NY Celebrates Thrive Collective at Coney Art Walls

Coney Island Art Walls, an outdoor museum of art, is hosting a student arts program called Thrive Collective. New York City has 419 schools with no arts program at all. The collective is working to change that. In the end, the art also changes the students who get involved. – Christal Young, Fox 5 NY

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Mayor de Blasio: Thrive Empowers a More Equitable Tomorrow

Here is one of our student artists holding up Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proclamation that was presented to us last week at #WeAreThrive. The City of New York Certificate of Recognition presented to Thrive Collective on the occasion of its inaugural “We Are Thrive Experiential Art Exhibit,” for its wonderful contributions to our great city.…

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