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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
November 19, 2020
The New York Times - "A look at a photographer who follows graffiti artists, a student chronicling Black art, a collective devoted to social justice and more."
October 14, 2020
BSA (Brooklyn Street Art) - "Steering away from potentially inflammatory political content or street beef of the past on this high-profile wall with a New York street art/graffiti history, the current occupants of the Houston Bowery Wall are more focuses on allegory, and community. Featuring a fleet of volunteers and a mural full of history and aspiration, Raul Ayala thinks of this wall as a teachable moment. The artist employed many of the 21 days that this mural took to complete to do just that: teach."
October 7, 2020
HYPEBEAST - "Anyone venturing to Lower Manhattan in New York City will come across a sprawling, vivid new mural at the historic Houston Bowery Wall. Goldman Properties and Goldman Global Arts connected with NY-based organization Groundswell to plan the collaborative mural led by teaching artist Raúl Ayala. Founded in 1996, Groundswell brings together youth, artists, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change."
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.