Nico Collazo

IS 117 / TYWLS: The Importance of Daydreaming

Thanks to the generous support of NYC Council Member Fernando Cabrera, we pooled resources from two NYC agencies to unite both schools at the Joseph Wade Campus in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx to transform their shared, main entrance hallway. The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the NYC Department of Youth and…

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MS/HS 141: A Wrinkle in Time

“Thank you [NYC Council Member Andrew Cohen] so much for the beautiful addition to our school!  Last school year you provided funding so that RKA could partner with Thrive.  The partnership generated a Mural Painting Club for HS and MS students.  The club designed the mural you see in the attached pictures. … “It is massive…

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Union Settlement: Lamar Gibson Memorial

The Art of Healing On July 13th, Lamar Gibson’s life was taken prematurely by gun violence near his East Harlem home. He was only 17 years old. Ten years ago this summer, his father’s life ended the same way. Lamar’s father’s murder remains unsolved. In August, we facilitated a socially distant, three-week mural workshop for…

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Union Settlement: RIP Lamar

The Art of Healing On July 13th, Lamar Gibson’s life was taken prematurely by gun violence near his East Harlem home. He was only 17 years old. Ten years ago this summer, his father’s life ended the same way. Lamar’s father’s murder remains unsolved. In August, we facilitated a socially distant, three-week mural workshop for…

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NYCHA Stapleton: Flowers of Our People

Artist Statement and Creative Rationale By Fermin Mendoza National flowers symbolize a country and its people, representing their culture, heritage and deep roots that trail back hundreds, sometimes thousands of years. America’s national flower, the rose, is also the official flower of the state of New York. Within their Staten Island neighborhood, the Stapleton Houses…

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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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PS/IS 30: Opportunity

From the IS 30 Wildcat Newsletter (Spring 2019): This spring, PS/IS 30 installed two new murals designed and painted by our students in collaboration with teaching artists Joshua Gabriel, Abby Walsh, and Nico Collazo from Thrive Collective. The “Opportunity” mural in the arts and sciences wing celebrates how creative imagination opens the doors of opportunity,…

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PS/IS 30: Resilience

From the IS 30 Wildcat Newsletter (Spring 2019): This spring, PS/IS 30 installed two new murals designed and painted by our students in collaboration with teaching artists Joshua Gabriel, Abby Walsh, and Nico Collazo from Thrive Collective. The “Opportunity” mural in the arts and sciences wing celebrates how creative imagination opens the doors of opportunity,…

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MS/HS 141: Tiger Pride

The new “Tiger Pride” mural adorns the primary first floor hallway at MS/HS 141: Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy. Thank you, NYC Council Member Andrew Cohen and Principal O’Mara, for your continuing support. Tiger Pride ‹ › × × Previous Next Flickr Album Gallery Powered By: WP Frank The mural highlight the pride and ambitions of the…

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BCMS/PS 298: Live Well

The “Live Well” school mural is Thrive Collective’s second project sponsored by NeON Arts and Carnegie Hall, this time at the Betty Shabazz Campus in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The fifteen-week collaboration included students from both the Brownsville Collaborative Middle School and PS 298 who created an inspiring mural in the shared lunchroom. The mural features a…

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