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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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In the News
September 13, 2017
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
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
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.
July 30, 2018
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
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
How organizations are using art and artists to empower and engage New York City residents in the wake of change.