Thrive Collective, has a new home in Harlem. With special thanks to Clorox, Community Connections for Youth, and the Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub, the arts organization opened its doors on the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of National Service, February 27, 2018.
And guess who came to visit ~ Sterling K. Brown, the star of ‘This is Us’ (and also appeared in ‘Black Panther’) came to celebrate the opening of Thrive Collective’s new space.
The new space was secured at Soul Saving Station building, located at 302 West 124th Street, on the third floor. Badly in need of a major clean-up effort, it was transformed with the help of almost 300 volunteers and (thanks to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance) money from reinvesting assets seized from corporate criminals. The vacant space was transformed into a center for arts and mentoring programs, servicing local Harlem youths as part of the new “Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub.”
Through the arts, Thrive Collective mobilizes students, parents, artists and community stakeholders to partner with schools in areas like murals, music, media and mentoring, to “provide quality arts education and committed adult mentors in predominantly low-income communities throughout New York City.” Here are a few great photos of the new space, by way of Facebook.
Thrive Collective is a 501(c)3 and a licensed New York City vendor with the Departments of Education, Youth and Community Development, and Cultural Affairs. In 2017, Thrive Collective’s core programs worked with 3,000 students in 23 schools, producing twenty-five school murals totaling almost 10,000 square feet! They held dozens of assemblies, recitals, and ribbon cutting events, created ten student films, and 100% of graduating seniors from its School Menotors programs were accepted into college.
Create! Harlem (the above mural) is a project of Thrive Collective, and can be found on Amsterdam Avenue and 126th Street.