Middle School

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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PS/MS 42Q: Tree of Peace

Thanks to the support of Council Member Donovan Richards and the NYC Council Art a Catalyst for Change initiative, 2020 was our fifth year muraling with students at PS/MS 42Q. COVID-19 delayed — but ultimately could not deter — the transformation of the school auditorium we began in 2019. Here are the previous murals completed…

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PS/MS 183Q: Harmony

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.” PS/MS 183Q: Harmony…

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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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MS 83X: Respect Road

The “Respect Road” mural at MS 83 in the Bronx reflects the school’s “Bulldog Pride” and “Respect for All” mantras, along with its core values of respect, responsibility, and reflection. The principal wanted to design to go against type and avoid food references in the cafeteria, while emphasizing the importance of friendliness in the lunch…

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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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Female Thrive Collective URBANLIFE Mentors

UrbanLife Youth & Family Center

“Welcome to ‘What Comes Next.'” – Shawana Myhre, UrbanLife Mentors For the second consecutive year, Clorox sponsored Thrive Collective to beautify a youth arts and mentoring space — this time in Oakland! On June 15th, we celebrated the grand opening of the UrbanLife Youth and Family Center with our partners UrbanLife Mentors and Clorox. “Next” is just the…

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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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