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Bandlab Music Makers

PS 282 students produced their own music during Thrive Collective’s winter 2020 School Media after school program using BandLab. They talk about the importance of creating music during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I don’t like hearing about coronavirus, when people die and stuff. But as Mr. Josh says, if you feel something, let it out in…

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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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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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Queens HeART Beat 2019

Video produced by Tony Horn / BRIC Arts Media for NYC Council  The 2nd Annual HeART Beat Festival returned to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on May 29, 2019. Middle school students painted murals, designed video games, break danced, freestyle rapped, competed at drama games and so much more. Thrive Collective collaborated with Museum of…

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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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24 Years of Sportsmanship

Thrive Sports hosted its 24th annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament on July 13th in the Lower East Side. (Read the backstory here.) Since 1994, we’ve been nurturing champions through basketball. Here’s how we do it. First, the community commits to a day. In the Lower East Side, our flagship tournament features the ministry that birthed us,…

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A Day with Thrive Collective’s Interns

A compilation of small, eventful moments throughout the day on the job for some Thrive Collective interns! It’s no day on the beach, but we make it as fun as it gets! Filmed and edited by Rosabella, and featuring Emily, Judah, Greg, Chris, and “Other Chris.”

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student spray paint

NYCulture 2019

Thanks to the ongoing support of NYC Council Members Justin Brannan, Fernando Cabrera, Donovan Richards, Andrew Cohen, Carlina Rivera, and Matthieu Eugene, in 2019 the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs directly invested in our work with fourteen public schools and a NYCHA senior center through the Cultural Immigrants Fund, Cultural After-School Adventures (CASA), Art a…

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School Media Returns to PS 282

Thanks to ongoing support from NYC Council Member Brad Lander and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, School Media returned to PS 282 for a fourth year in a row. Our third and fourth grade after-school students produced three videos. Enjoy.

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Randy Mason rap with student

HeART Beat Queens Photo Diary (2019)

Thank you NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, and Council Members Donovan Richards, Adrienne Adams, and Jimmy Van Bramer for trusting us to celebrate the Art a Catalyst for Change anti-gun violence initiative with the great students of IS 42, PS/MS 183, IS 8, IS 72, IS 111, and IS 204. On…

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