Groundswell Community Mural Project

Groundswell


Groundswell Community Mural Project brings together artists, youth and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change. Its projects beautify neighborhoods, engage youth in societal and personal transformation and give expression to ideas and perspectives that are underrepresented in the public dialogue.

In 2013 it was awarded an NEA “Our Town” grant of $100,000 for its project, Transform/Restore: Brownsville. This partnership with the New York City Department of Probation and Pitkin Avenue Business Improvement District will transform vandalized walls into painted murals by young adults on probation. Five large-scale projects are planned for the next two years.

Most Groundswell youth attend New York City public schools and come from low-income or working-class families. Annually, up to 500 young people, primarily aged 14 to 21, participate. Participants are motivated to join Groundswell programs by public art-making’s connection to graffiti and street culture, to make new friends, express themselves, develop art skills and work collaboratively. For more information, visit  Youth Profiles

Groundswell is dedicated to preserving, teaching and advancing the study and practice of public art-making. Community-based organizations, schools and city agencies contact Groundswell to learn how public art can raise awareness about their organization, advance their mission, build community and visually transform public space. Grounsdwell has collaborated with more than 200 organizations since its founding.

Local, established artists lead every Groundswell project. All have bachelors and/or masters degrees in fine arts and experience working with youth.

Community Mural Action Program (CMAP): Schools and community groups contract with Groundswell to develop public art projects that reflect their mission. CMAP projects often meet at a partner organization’s site and are sometimes part of the school day.

StreetWise: Hunts Point. With support from the Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund, Groundswell partners with The Majora Carter Group to engage youth, artists, and other community members in the identification of transportation-related concerns in the South Bronx and recommendation of design, signage, and policy solutions with the NYC Department of Transportation.

Youth in Groundswell programs develop and hone their abilities in four key areas: creativity; collaboration; critical thinking and compassion. They master skills in art making to communicate ideas, work effectively with others, make informed decisions, and to build awareness of and empathy for others.

Summer Leadership Institute (SLI): A summer program for up to 100 youth annually. Six teams of youth work with artists and community-based organizations to learn create large scale works of public art that beautify neighborhoods and give voice to ideas and perspectives that are underrepresented in the public dialogue.

Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship (TEMA): An after-school program, modeled on a traditional apprenticeship, in which teens create public art for community-based organizations, working in Groundswell’s studio and with a particular emphasis on skills development.

Voices Her’d Visionaries (VHV): A year-round program where young women examine issues facing women and girls, and choose a topic upon which to focus a summer public art project.

Portfolio Development: Groundswell high school students interested in attending post-secondary art programs work with artists to assemble a portfolio for their applications.

For Court-Involved Youth

TurnStyle: In partnership with the Red Hook Community Court and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, youth arrested for minor offences fulfill their community service requirements working with Groundswell artists

Segue: Youth who have graduated from the TurnStyle program learn the skills that are necessary for participation in Groundswell’s after-school and summer public art-making programs.

Riker’s Island: Incarcerated youth at Riker’s Island collaborate with Groundswell artists to create murals in the Riker’s Island jail.

 

 

Youth in Groundswell programs develop and hone their abilities in four key areas: creativity; collaboration; critical thinking and compassion. They master skills in art making to communicate ideas, work effectively with others, make informed decisions, and to build awareness of and empathy for others.

Summer Leadership Institute (SLI): A summer program for up to 100 youth annually. Six teams of youth work with artists and community-based organizations to learn create large scale works of public art that beautify neighborhoods and give voice to ideas and perspectives that are underrepresented in the public dialogue.

Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship (TEMA): An after-school program, modeled on a traditional apprenticeship, in which teens create public art for community-based organizations, working in Groundswell’s studio and with a particular emphasis on skills development.

Voices Her’d Visionaries (VHV): A year-round program where young women examine issues facing women and girls, and choose a topic upon which to focus a summer public art project.

Portfolio Development: Groundswell high school students interested in attending post-secondary art programs work with artists to assemble a portfolio for their applications.

For Court-Involved Youth

TurnStyle: In partnership with the Red Hook Community Court and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, youth arrested for minor offences fulfill their community service requirements working with Groundswell artists

Segue: Youth who have graduated from the TurnStyle program learn the skills that are necessary for participation in Groundswell’s after-school and summer public art-making programs.

Riker’s Island: Incarcerated youth at Riker’s Island collaborate with Groundswell artists to create murals in the Riker’s Island jail.

 

Youth in Groundswell programs develop and hone their abilities in four key areas: creativity; collaboration; critical thinking and compassion. They master skills in art making to communicate ideas, work effectively with others, make informed decisions, and to build awareness of and empathy for others.

Summer Leadership Institute (SLI): A summer program for up to 100 youth annually. Six teams of youth work with artists and community-based organizations to learn create large scale works of public art that beautify neighborhoods and give voice to ideas and perspectives that are underrepresented in the public dialogue.

Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship (TEMA): An after-school program, modeled on a traditional apprenticeship, in which teens create public art for community-based organizations, working in Groundswell’s studio and with a particular emphasis on skills development.

Voices Her’d Visionaries (VHV): A year-round program where young women examine issues facing women and girls, and choose a topic upon which to focus a summer public art project.

Portfolio Development: Groundswell high school students interested in attending post-secondary art programs work with artists to assemble a portfolio for their applications.

For Court-Involved Youth

TurnStyle: In partnership with the Red Hook Community Court and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, youth arrested for minor offences fulfill their community service requirements working with Groundswell artists

Segue: Youth who have graduated from the TurnStyle program learn the skills that are necessary for participation in Groundswell’s after-school and summer public art-making programs.

Riker’s Island: Incarcerated youth at Riker’s Island collaborate with Groundswell artists to create murals in the Riker’s Island jail.

 


Groundswell Community Mural Project

(Groundswell)

540 President Street, Suite 1A

(between Third and Fourth Avenues)

Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 254-9782

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Subway: R to Union Street

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