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Be the Change this Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving we celebrate the artists who collaboratively create beauty with our public school students every day. Last year alone, twenty teaching artists and art directors plus dozens of artist volunteers worked with 3,000 students at twenty schools to produce twenty-five murals totaling almost 10,000 square feet of public art – including murals in Los…

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“Be the Change,” Like Nico

One of our greatest joys at Thrive Collective is empowering local artists to live their dreams while they create beauty collaboratively with the world around them. Consider Nico Collazo, teaching artist and art director for “Dream Walls 2.0” at PS/MS 34 this year (2017), and his fiancee Cynthia Dunston. In 2014, Nico was a student…

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Parent.Co Features #BringArtBack

The online journal features Thrive Collective’s Bring Art Back campaign in their new Parent Co. Stories video series sharing “authentic stories for curious parents.” Thank you, Brendan Bubion, for representing our story so well, and to Sam Wisneski, Nico Collazo, and Victoria Cruz for sharing your lives so honestly. Special thanks to Imago Creative, Brendan Bubion, and Christine…

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National Youth Workers Convention Features Thrive Collective

Youth Specialties featured the work of Thrive Collective at their 2016 National Youth Workers Convention in Cincinnati (Nov. 17-20, 2016). More than 3,000 youth workers from around the country heard the #BringArtBack story from the main stage, experienced it in the collaborative production of the Arise mural throughout the conference, and watched this moving documentary short featuring…

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Fox 5 NY Celebrates Thrive Collective at Coney Art Walls

Coney Island Art Walls, an outdoor museum of art, is hosting a student arts program called Thrive Collective. New York City has 419 schools with no arts program at all. The collective is working to change that. In the end, the art also changes the students who get involved. – Christal Young, Fox 5 NY

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