Culture Making with NYC
Thank you, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, for consistently investing in Thrive Collective’s expansion as an arts education provider for students and schools since 2016. (Drone video footage by @just_a_spectator.)
This past year nurtured our deepening relationship through four NYC initiatives: the Cultural Development Fund (“CDF”), Art a Catalyst for Change (“Catalyst”), Cultural Immigrants Initiative (“Immigrants”), and Cultural After School Adventures (“CASA”). Enjoy the respective initiative portfolios in the tabs below, and a fuller description of program elements further down.
Cultural Development Fund
Our second year grant from the Cultural Development Fund, helped us complete fifty murals between July 2020 and June 2021 despite Covid quarantines and closures. Below are some of the video highlights from our public art during that period. Enjoy our full murals portfolio here.
WNBC 4: BLM Foley Square
Black Lives Matter
BLM Mural: The Letter A
Spread Love: #StopAsianHate
Meet Bianca Romero
WPIX 11: Stop Asian Hate
WABC: Toofly Paves the Way
News 12: McKinley JHS
News 12: New Mural at PS 288
Art a Catalyst for Change
Thrive Collective’s Art a Catalyst for Change grant allowed us to serve students at IS 117 and PS/MS 279 in the Bronx, and PS/MS 42Q and PS/MS 183Q in Queens, along with all six participating Queens schools via the borough-wide culminating event.
While the essential School Murals program remains consistent across various initiatives, different DCLA initiatives explore specific themes and focuses. Catalyst projects invite students to explore topics that inspire and equip students for gun-free living.
Special thanks to NYC Council Members Fernando Cabrera and Donovan Richards for your Catalyst support again this year, along with the Queens Delegation for selecting us to produce the borough’s culminating event.
Cultural Immigrants Initiative
Thrive Collective’s CII grant allowed us to serve students at The Young Women’s Leadership School in the Bronx and PS 6 and IS 259 in Brooklyn.
While the essential School Murals program remains consistent across various initiatives, different DCLA initiatives explore specific themes and focuses. CII projects celebrate the immigrant cultural diversity of particular neighborhoods and school communities while exploring various thematic topics. This year’s topics included celebration traditions, parade customs, and responding to COVID.
Special thanks to NYC Council Members Fernando Cabrera, Justin Brannan, and Matthieu Eugene for your consistent CII support again this year.
Cultural After School Adventures
Thrive Collective’s CASA grant allowed us to serve students at MS/HS 141: Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy in the Bronx and PS 6 and PS 45 in Queens.
While the essential School Murals program remains consistent across various initiatives, different DCLA initiatives explore specific themes and focuses. CASA projects invite student imaginations to run wild, within whatever thematic constraints school administrations might provide. This year’s topics explored food traditions and arcade games.
Special thanks to NYC Council Members Andrew Cohen and Adrienne Adams for your CASA support again this year.
The essential School Murals program remains consistent across the various initiatives, with different initiatives requiring specific thematic focuses. Core program elements include:
- Project based School Murals workshops for up to an entire semester. Classes were held in a hybrid program of remote learning and in person instruction, with mural production happening in person once reliable school openings were secured in the spring.
- Produced large-scale, public art murals for permanent installation at prominent locations within all school buildings, along with a printed graphic novel at IS 117.
- All classes and productions explored a common theme within a given school requiring participating students to develop a shared vision and bring that vision to life collaboratively with others.
Murals classes include:
- Structured, age-appropriate, multidisciplinary arts education and social development programming.
- Age-appropriate instruction that developed mural and life skills including but not limited to design, image transfer, color mixing, painting, collaboration and leadership.
- Over the course of the semester, students worked as teams to co-create a large-scale painting for permanent installation at the school.
- Students worked collaboratively during this process in a socially distant manner to ensure the safety of all students, staff, and Thrive Art instructors. We remained flexible until the end of the project in case of any potential school shutdowns due to Covid cases on campus.