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Blog Posts

  • January 13, 2022

    Groundswell is a 2022 Spark Prize Award Winner!!

    It was announced today by the Brooklyn Community Foundation that Groundswell is one of five recipients to their $100,000 Spark Prize, the only award of it’s kind honoring long-standing nonprofits that have “sparked change” across Brooklyn.

  • January 1, 2022

    Groundswell Q&A with National Academician, Odili Donald Odita

    This past summer, Groundswell youth artists participating in our Summer Leadership Institute had the opportunity to work closely with Odili Donald Odita, a National Academician – an exclusive community of artists and architects who are elected by their peers in recognition of extraordinary contributions to art and architecture in America – with the National Academy of design. The critically acclaimed abstract painter and professor of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University in Philadelphia was kind enough to sit with us and provide some insight into his influences and background.

  • September 3, 2021

    Groundswell's 2021 Sumer Leadership Institute Leaves Its Mark On New York City

    Summer 2021 saw the return of something Groundswell holds dear, our Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), our flagship summer job program that employs New York City’s youth as apprentice artists from July-August to create beautiful large-scale works of public art throughout New York City and bring key community issues to life through the fabrication process. Over the course of the summer, the 2021 cohort consisting of 28 youth employees conducted extensive research covering community safety and gentrification rooted in knowledge gained from the Brooklyn Movement Center's Black Brooklyn Campaign.