Amplifying youth voices for community transformation.
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Groundswell is a social justice organization that uses the arts as a vehicle to promote youth development and empowerment. The nonprofit was founded in 1996 by a group of New York City artists, educators, and activists with the belief that art creates community, and community creates change. 

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Press Releases

  • January 31, 2022

    Groundswell Celebrates the Leadership of Robyne Walker Murphy

    It is with a spirit of gratitude, we announce that Robyne Walker Murphy will transition from her role as Executive Director effective July 1st, 2022. As I begin the process of transitioning out of this phase in my life, I do so with a tremendous about of love and gratitude for the Groundswell community. The last five years have been transformative for me. I would like to thank our incredible artists, young people, staff, and board of directors for embracing me and inspiring me every day.

  • November 2, 2021

    Groundswell Named Among Recipients of 2021-22 Stand For The Arts Award

    Ovation TV, America’s only arts network, and partner Charter Communications, Inc., today announced the recipients of the 2021-2022 Stand For The Arts Awards, which recognizes local arts, cultural and educational organizations and programs. Since the initiative started in 2017, Ovation TV and Charter have given out 50 awards totaling $500,000 towards art education. This year, 15 organizations will receive support in Charter markets across the country.

  • October 1, 2021

    Groundswell Partners With Moulin Rouge! The Musical To Produce Public Murals Exemplifying the Bohemian Values of Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Love

    In a celebration of creativity and community, Groundswell has partnered with the Tony Award-winning Musical, Moulin Rouge! The Musical.