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

Press Releases

  • August 24, 2017

    Inspired NYC Youth Utilize Public Art for Community Expression, Not Oppression

    As seen in the protests in Charlottesville and the subsequent removals of Confederate statues across the nation, art is a site of power when placed in a public space. Instead of perpetrators of a violent past, art can be used as a liberatory process formed through community partners by providing platforms for voices that aren’t heard.

  • April 6, 2017

    NYC Community Mural Organization in conversation with Angela Davis

    Groundswell will join author, activist, and scholar Angela Davis, together with a distinguished panel of Groundswell-affiliated artists and academics for a conversation about youth incarceration and making art inside the walls of Rikers Island.

  • October 21, 2016

    Robyne Walker Murphy is Groundswell’s New Executive Director

    Groundswell, New York City’s leading community arts organization, is pleased to announce that, following a national search, its Board of Directors has appointed Robyne Walker Murphy as Groundswell’s Executive Director. Robyne is a seasoned professional with ample experience working at the intersections of art, youth development, cultural equity and social justice.