School Murals

ABC 7 Features “Street Art Legend” Toofly

Congratulations to Toofly, whose artistry and Kindness Beats the Virus collaboration is being featured for Hispanic Heritage month by WABC 7 this week. If you’ve worked with her, you know she’s amazing. The report captures her beautifully, and includes footage of our #KindnessBeatsTheVirus mural production at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in the Lower…

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A Garden Mural for Stapleton Houses

From NYCHA Journal. A beautiful, bright garden has sprouted on the walls of the Stapleton Senior Center at Staten Island’s Stapleton Houses. The flowers are made of paint in this new mural, “Flowers of Our People,” which features an array of flowers and residents caring for the garden and participating in activities such as tai chi, meditation, and more. Residents from the senior center, as well as other Stapleton locals, offered design ideas for the mural, which…

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As Seen in the NY Times

The ‘Black Lives Matter’ Street Art That Contain Multitudes The works in Harlem and Lower Manhattan are much more than a challenge to President Trump; they are opportunities for Black artists and community togetherness. By Julia Jacobs The street painting at Foley Square resembles many that have been done around the country in its word…

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FastCompany: More than art, the future of urbanism

NYC’s new Black Lives Matter mural is more than art. It’s the future of urbanism The process behind the street mural was just as important as the paint job. BY NATE BERG / Full article here. Ever since the words Black Lives Matter were painted in bright yellow on the street behind the White House on…

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The Mural Kings

ORIGIN STORIES ➡️ Tats Cru: The Mural Kings Tats Cru made history this week with the Black Lives Matter mural in lower Manhattan. Borough President Gale A. Brewer and WXY Studio gave them a week to organize & produce a 21’8″ x 570′ (12,500 SF) mural spanning three heavily trafficked, hyper politicized city blocks. Without…

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The Sun (UK) Features Thrive x BLM Mural

‘COLLECTIVE TRAUMA’ NYC artists work on Black Lives Matter mural in Manhattan for ‘art therapy’ during Floyd protests Fionnuala O’Leary, News Reporter Manhattan 3 Jul 2020 … But elsewhere, the atmosphere was relaxed this afternoon as artists worked on another enormous mural in downtown Manhattan, after weeks of civil unrest. Jon Souza of Thrive Collective,…

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BLM Mural: Day 2 Diary

I spy Marissa Molina, Jon Souza, Rosabella Garcia, Peach Tao, Dax Matlock, Eric Orr, Crash and many of our volunteers in today’s NY Daily News. Enjoy our Day 2 Diary, curated from Instagram, here. We are so grateful to play a small role in bringing artists’ Tijay Mohammed, Sophia Dawson, and Patrice Payne vision to…

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BLM Mural: Day 1 Diary

Here’s our Day 1 Diary from the BLM mural, as chronicled on Instagram.   View this post on Instagram   It’s going down. Right now. #KindnessBeatsTheVirus x #BlackLivesMatter in front of Thurgood Marshall’s federal courthouse in Foley Square. The first volunteers arrived at 10. #CreateWithUs #WeAreThrive #BringArtBack @tatscru @galeabrewer @wxystudio @andre_trenier @crashone @mcmaniphes @nycyouth @nycschools…

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Historic BLM Mural in Manhattan

This. Tomorrow and Friday, July 2 – 3, Thrive Collective joins an all-star lineup of artists to paint the Black Lives Matter mural in Foley Square. Our assignment: the A in “Black.” The mural will span 3 blocks in front of the Federal and State Courthouses. Our letter sits directly in front of the Thurgood…

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