Amplifying youth voices for community transformation.
A reporter interview a youth artist in front of a mural.

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. 

For more information about Groundswell's programs, events, or projects, reach out to or 718-254-9782. 

In the News

  • September 13, 2017

    My Time as an Artist

    America for the Arts - One of the most fascinating things I’ve come to realize after working as a Groundswell youth muralist for the first time is the extensive amount of care that goes into making the piece great.

  • September 7, 2017

    Long Island City Mural Unveiled

    Queens Gazette - A team of young artists have inspired a holistic view of healthy living at the Queensbridge Houses through a new mural on the Jacob A. Riis Settlement House community center.

  • September 2, 2017

    Gorgeous Mural Painted on the Handball Court at Tompkins Houses

    The Bed Stuy Blog - Earlier this week, the Groundswell Community Mural Project and young artists at the Tompkins House dedicated a new mural that now graces the handball court.

Press Releases

  • July 30, 2018

    Art Meets Social Change at Groundswell

    Summer was coming, and Kevin Rijo was looking for a job. He knew that he could find one through the Summer Youth Employment Program, but there was a problem. “All the regular jobs — caretakers, counselors, retail — were all taken,” said Rijo, “so I thought I was going to be broke the entire summer. However, I was passed a paper with ‘Groundswell’ printed on it, and decided that I had nothing to lose trying something different. The rest is history.”

  • July 24, 2018

    New mural coming to Sunset Park's Bush Terminal

    Angel Garcia, the Groundswell lead artist and a Sunset Park resident, will spearhead the design of the mural, whose theme will be accessing the waterfront, both the working waterfront and also its natural beauty.

  • July 23, 2018

    Art in the Face of Gentrification

    How organizations are using art and artists to empower and engage New York City residents in the wake of change.