Sam Wisneski

“The Big Apple Gives Big,” Featuring GEORGIE the Giving Pigeon

Story and Art by Sam Wisneski “Opportunities to give are everywhere. … Together we can make life a little brighter and more colorful for everyone! “Please consider giving to my friends at Thrive Collective.” Starting on Giving Tuesday and through the end of December, join GEORGIE. Give to create hope and opportunity through arts, sports,…

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Give Thanks: #ThankfulnessChallenge

GIVE THANKS 🥂 Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Thrive Collective. 🎨 Art by Sam Wisneski 🥇 #ThankfulnessChallenge kicked off by Uhey Stephen Uhey will be celebrating his 10th year with Thrive Collective this spring. This week, he launched our Thankfulness Challenge with our team, and agreed to allow us to share his reflections…

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Thrive Co-Founder Sam Wisneski: ‘Welcome’ Mural Launched A Movement

Artist Sam Wisneski, who co-founded Thrive Collective with Jeremy Del Rio and others, recently reflected on the non-profit organization’s humble beginning. In 2011, Jeremy, a parent at PS 102 in Brooklyn, volunteered to coordinate the creation of a “Welcome” mural at the school, where his son Judah was a student. The mural, which included the…

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Roots of Resilience

Seven years ago, Hurricane Sandy devastated the Atlantic coast. One year later, students from Coney Island celebrated their community’s Resilience. Watch the documentary here. The story of renewal and rebirth. After being partially destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, PS 329 and the community of Coney Island came together to rebuild the heart of their neighborhood and…

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Let’s March Together for Education

Next Tuesday, March 27th, is National Education and Sharing Day. The day was first established by the United States Congress in 1978 to honor Rabbi M. M. Schneerson, who was a passionate advocate for children’s education. Rabbi Schneerson believed that education should focus not only on academic achievements, but also on character building. President Obama…

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What’s Your Excuse?

Our creative director Sam Wisneski is chronicling his creative process on Instagram and Facebook as he develops an all ages graphic novel this year. Follow him and enjoy the ride. Just some excuses that I have used at some point in my life not to start something new.. #comics #graphicnovel #art #illustration #drawing #painting #design…

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The Norwegian American showcasing Thrive's art

Norwegian American Weekly: “Spectacular” Art, but “More Valuable” Collaboration

The Norwegian American Weekly newspaper featured the “Generations” mural in print and online last week. About the artwork itself, author Victoria Hofmo writes: “This fine tradition of connecting art to public schools is continuing through 20/20 Vision for Schools. … The most recent mural project, ‘Generations’ was unveiled on the lawn at the Norwegian Christian Home & Health Center…

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DOE: “PS 102 Says ‘Welcome’ with Mural”

For the month of October, the NYC Department of Education has featured the PS 102 mural on its homepage. “Welcome” to our school! As featured in: The Brownstoner // The Bay Ridge Eagle // Brooklyn Family // Department of Education // New York Teacher BAY RIDGE’S PS 102, “THE BAY VIEW SCHOOL,” CELEBRATES DIVERSITY WITH COMPLETION OF A NEW SCHOOLYARD MURAL Inspired by…

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