2019

Jamaica: Tree of Life

“When we started painting, I saw it on the wall, and I was like, ‘Wow.’ I didn’t know this was possible. Everybody who walked by while we were painting, they seemed excited. … Now that it’s done and it’s over, it looks amazing. And every time I come back I’m always gonna know that I…

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Thoughts and Prayers

The “Thoughts and Prayers” mural reclaimed the #ThoughtsAndPrayers cliche for loved ones lost and families shattered by gun violence at the Art of Healing festival in Harlem on 8/17/19. The Art of Healing festivals are sponsored by the Manhattan District Attorney, with support from Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and dozens of arts and service…

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PS 102: Welcome Refresh

What we now call Thrive Collective began with the “Welcome” mural project in the schoolyard at PS 102 in Brooklyn back in 2011. This year, the school asked us to refresh the mural following damage from a recent building renovation that included exterior scaffolding. Enjoy the original Welcome mural portfolio here, and the PS 102…

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Hopes and Dreams

We were honored to support NYC Council Member Diana Ayala and her Youth Day block parties East Harlem (7/31) and Mott Haven (8/3) this summer. Neighborhood families and summer camps imagined their futures and created the “Hopes and Dreams” mural with teaching artist Nico Collazo and our Thrive Interns. Hopes And Dreams (2019) ‹ ›…

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Ember Charter School: The Fabric of Leadership (2019)

The “Fabric of Leadership” school mural at Ember Chart School in Bedford Stuyvesant explores leadership rooted in “Sankofa.” Sankofa means reflection, remembering, and giving respect to the past, even as we lead into the future. This spring, Thrive Collective worked with 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade Ember students after school to explore how leadership…

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P.S. 204 businessman on mural

PS 204K: The Games We Play

Artist Statement – By Michela Muserra It’s a wrap! Where do I start? “The Games We Play” school mural project was another fulfilling experience with Thrive Collective. We started working with the 4th grade students of PS 204 The Vince Lombardi School back in March. Funded by the Cultural Immigrant Initiative via a grant from…

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Flatbush: The Work of our Hands

On July 28, we celebrated completion of “The Work of our Hands.” Special thanks to NYC Council Member Mathieu Eugene and NYC Small Business Services for investing in Place Making through Public Art. Mural designed and produced by neighborhood teens and stakeholders from Connect Life Church. The Work Of Our Hands (2019) ‹ › ×…

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senior citizens playing dominoes Lillian Wald senior center

“Roots/Raíces” Series: Capicu

“Roots/Raíces” Murals – Artist Statement and Creative Rationale In the 1940s, a wave of European and Latino immigrants – mostly Puerto Ricans – established roots in the Lower East Side and shaped a community with a  unique culture, charm and soul. The “Roots/Raíces” murals provide a visual narrative of the history of this Lower East…

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Arlene and Rick Del Rio mural portrait

“Roots/Raíces” Series: Alphabet City

“Roots/Raíces” Murals – Artist Statement and Creative Rationale In the 1940s, a wave of European and Latino immigrants – mostly Puerto Ricans – established roots in the Lower East Side and shaped a community with a  unique culture, charm and soul. The “Roots/Raíces” murals provide a visual narrative of the history of this Lower East…

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piragua stand Lillian Wald

“Roots/Raíces” Series: Piraguas

“Roots/Raíces” Murals – Artist Statement and Creative Rationale In the 1940s, a wave of European and Latino immigrants – mostly Puerto Ricans – established roots in the Lower East Side and shaped a community with a  unique culture, charm and soul. The “Roots/Raíces” murals provide a visual narrative of the history of this Lower East…

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