Leveraging NYC Investments 3:1

Visionary City Council Members

We have leveraged $1.7M in NYC Council Investments to raise more than $5M to help eradicate artless education since 2014.

Since 2014, twenty NYC Council Members have provided 112 awards totaling $1.7 Million to bring Thrive Collective to fifty schools and communities in all five boroughs. To date, Thrive Collective has leveraged these investments to raise more than $5 Million to serve more than 20,000 students by strengthening arts, music, and mentoring programs at 120 NYC public schools. In FY22, Council Members provided 24 awards totaling more than $420,000 including our first Bring Art Back Speaker’s Initiative designation.

In 2021, Thrive’s core programs worked with 3,500 students in 55 schools, producing 50 murals totaling over 25,000 sq. ft. of public art; nearly 80 art festivals, ribbon cutting celebrations, assemblies, and basketball tournaments. In addition, we collaborated with the Mayor to produce live art for the NYC Homecoming Week concerts and the Stop Asian Hate mural. Overall, Thrive students, artists, and 3,500 volunteers from 120 partner organizations and businesses have served thirty-three council districts; completed over 225 murals totaling 100,000 square feet of public art; produced over 200 festivals, assemblies, and events; and much more.

Together, these visionary colleagues are helping Bring Art Back for a renaissance in public education and placemaking citywide.

Tangible Outcomes

Return on Investment

Our project-based learning experiences reset the bar of possibility for all who participate. Our students learn how to develop a shared vision and bring that vision to life collaboratively with others. Tangible outcomes include murals, music, videos, events, festivals, sports leagues and tournaments, mentoring relationships, and transferable life skills essential for thriving. Click the images below to enjoy portfolios of the public art murals students have completed with Council support since FY14. Watch student films produced here.

Good News Stories

NYC x Thrive Collective Updates

2022 Art of Healing East Harlem

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Culture Making 2022

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The Turtle Ship

R.H.Y.M.E x The Point CDC x Bronx Arts Elementary This edition of Books Beats & Bars features Bronx Arts Elementary students rapping their version of the Turtle Ship story inspired by…

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The Cypher

R.H.Y.M.E x LRYOH Harlem NYC youth come together to write and record “The Cypher” In Hip-Hop, there is what’s known as a cypher. It’s where artists physically come together to…

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