Summer Intensive

Clemente: Kindness Beats the Virus

clemente-kbtv clemente-banner for-one-and-all-web clemente-squad We love collaborating with our friends at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center. This year’s Arte Pa’Mi Gente / Arts for All Festival featured murals art directed by Marissa Molina and Toofly, with creative direction from Kekoa. Students, volunteers, and a team of Thrive artists wore masks and observed social distancing…

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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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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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PS 155M: Kindness Beats the Virus

We are in love with our mural and cannot stop looking at it as well as receiving compliments for it! We are amazed!!!! This is absolutely beautiful! We have tears in our eyes! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are so grateful! – S.R. Signed, sealed, delivered: 🎨 the #KindnessBeatsTheVirus free mural at contest…

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Black Lives Matter: A+

[Drone photos from Mingomatic.] On July 2 and 3, Thrive Collective joined an all-star lineup of artists led by Tats Cru to paint the Black Lives Matter mural in Foley Square. Our primary assignment: the A in “Black.” We also helped block in the word “Matters,” and finish the K in “Black” and E in…

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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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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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