2017

Create Harlem by Thrive

Create! Harlem

It’s easy to define our differences, much harder to find the common ground that unites us. Community murals memorialize the shared vision that binds us together. That’s why projects like “Create! Harlem” bring such joy. When we take the time to bridge divides, drab spaces transform into places where beauty thrives. We are so grateful…

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I Am NYC

The “I Am NYC” collaboration with the High School of Telecommunications, Arts, and Technology is a case study in why we love collaborating with teachers and NYC high school students. This, from first year art teacher Veronica Giurdanella: “This will be the view for every student attending HSTAT in Bay Ridge from now on. The…

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PS/MS 34: Dream Walls 2.0

This spring, thanks to a grant from Council Member Rosie Mendez and support from Abounding Grace Ministries, University Settlement, and SONYC, we completely re-did our very first Dream Walls school mural project from 2007, increasing the total number of columns and wall surfaces by 40%. Many of the same artists returned, including DURO CIA, Toofly,…

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Welcome to Bay Ridge

Fort Hamilton High School is one of the largest, most diverse public high schools in New York City, with 5,000 students. Situated in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn — the fastest growing Arabic community in the country and a magnet for immigrants from Latin America, China, South Asia, and Eastern Europe as well — this mural invites…

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Captain Jack’s Wonder Voyage

What a privilege to be trusted with “Captain Jack’s Wonder Voyage” at PS/MS 282 this year. This mural celebrates the life and creative energy of Jack Roberts, a pre-K student at the school whose life was tragically cut short in 2016. On Father’s Day, we dedicated the mural with Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, Principal Rashan…

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Breathe Free, NYC

At last, install day at BSSWA! Partial time-lapse of “Breathe Free, NYC” (mural 1) #bringartback #bsswamural #wip #immigration #bronxmurals #huntspointbx #nycmurals @nycthrive A post shared by Julia Cocuzza (@cuzzagram) on Aug 8, 2017 at 2:09pm PDT ED. NOTE: Final installation photos coming soon. In the third year of Thrive Collective’s visual arts partnership with Bronx…

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MS 72Q: Five Be’s

The Beacon Program at the MS 72Q Catherine and Count Basie School in Jamaica, Queens, invited us to work with their students to produce an after school mural this spring. The students suggested the theme of “Five Be’s” in honor of five core values stressed by the principal and faculty throughout the year. Legendary local…

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Rising Stars by the Sea

At MS 183Q, Art as Catalyst for Change funding from NYC Council Member Donovan Richards allowed us to: Provide 220 middle school students accredited, in-school Murals and Music classes for an entire semester; Provide 45 students and 150 volunteers after school and weekend Murals and Media programs; Produce the “Rising Stars by the Sea” mural,…

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IS 117X: Celebrate Diversity

For three consecutive years, Thrive Collective has proudly partnered with IS 117 students to bring public art, music and film back to the school building. “Celebrate Diversity” is the third mural produced in consecutive years. Ms. Jones, IS 117’s principal, encourages other schools in Bronx District 9 and beyond to partner with Thrive: “It’s especially…

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Grand Street: Rooted

The three high schools at Grand Street Campus have long partnered with Thrive Collective for assemblies, mentoring, interns, art programs, and more. “Rooted” represents the second mural completed by students at Grand Street students after “Legacy” by Progress High School in 2014; and the first completed as a campus-wide collaboration with students from all three…

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