Will DeNatale

Welcome: You Belong Here

In October, we completed our first mural of the new school year, and our fourth mural project at PS 280 in Jackson Heights, Queens. “Welcome: You Belong Here,” features art direction by Marissa Molina with Will DeNatale. Students began designing the mural with a series of in-class activities in June, and then painted their design…

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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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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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MS 183Q: Yes I Can

We were privileged to return to PS/MS 183Q with support from NYC Council Member Donovan Richards and Art as Catalyst for Change for a fourth consecutive year. We provided 160 middle school students accredited, in-school murals classes for an entire semester. In this collaboration we explored the theme of “Yes I Can.” MS 183 Final…

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