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. 

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

In the News

  • October 29, 2021

    Groundswell Named Among Finalists For 2021-22 Spark Prize

    It was announced last week that Groundswell was named among the 20 finalists for the 2021-2022 Spark Prize, an award honoring long-standing nonprofits that have “sparked change” across Brooklyn. The 2021-22 finalists were chosen by the 35-member Spark Prize Committee from a highly competitive applicant pool. Finalists and winners are chosen based upon their embodiment of the Prize’s four criteria: commitment to equity and racial justice, track record of impact in Brooklyn, strong institutional values, and a dynamic vision for the future of their organization.

  • October 17, 2021

    Groundswell's Executive Director Featured On "In Focus"

    "In Focus" is a 30-minute public affairs program hosted by award-winning reporter and anchor Cheryl Wills, exclusively on Spectrum News NY1. Each week, Cheryl invites experts around New York City to discuss a wide range of issues impacting New Yorkers. "In Focus" airs on Spectrum News NY1 each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and repeats Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

  • May 4, 2021

    New York Philharmonic Announces Multiple Weekend-Long Festivals In Partnership With Groundswell, A Better Jamaica, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, El Puente, Flushing Town Hall, and National Black Theatre

    The New York Philharmonic announces NY Phil Bandwagon 2, a series of four weekend-long festivals across New York City, May 7–30, 2021. Performances will take place from a mobile, 20-foot shipping container at Domino Park in Brooklyn, Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan, Father Gigante Plaza in the Bronx, and St. Albans Park in Queens. Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo returns as Creator and Executive Producer.

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.