Students gather in front of a colorful mural during a dedication ribbon cutting.

Groundswell engages community audiences in the creation of public art throughout every step of the process. We invite the community to all our public events. Some of the events we host are listed below, but we welcome opportunities to connect with our constituents to further the impact of our murals once the paint dries.


Featured Events


For many of our murals, we have several opportunities for the community to become engaged in the process.


  • After an intensive research process, the artist teams present their concept to the community during a public design share.
  • For community painting days, the teams invite the local community to join them on the wall in a day of painting and activities.
  • We celebrate the completed murals during a dedication ceremony. Dedications are an opportunity for the community to celebrate the hard work of Groundswell youth while coming together in consideration of the topic which inspired the mural.


Our Annual Art Bash is a funky, uplifting night to commemorate the supporters, youth, artists, and advocates that have, and will continue to grow with us.


Open Studios is a workshop series geared for artists that includes professional development and figure model sessions. The Groundswell Open Studios occur monthly, and are free and open to the public. 




Groundswell hosts mural tours throughout the year to engage a broader audience in the critical discussion surrounding public art. Tour attendees learn about the history of public art and discover how murals have influenced and shaped the New York City landscape. When possible, tours visit a mural-in-process worksite, to introduce attendees to the young artists at the heart of Groundswell's work. Visit our event listings to learn more about upcoming public programs, including tours.


Groundswell also provides private mural tours upon request. If you are interested in customizing a tour for a private group, please call us at (718) 254-9782 or send us an email with additional details.

Upcoming Events

  • October 27, 2020

    Tune in: Actor Joel McHale raises money for Groundswell on ABC!

    Tune in: Actor Joel McHale raises money for Groundswell on ABC! Mark your calendars: Sunday, November 1 and Sunday, November 8 at 9 PM ET/8 PM CT on ABC — tune in and share with a friend. We are cheering you on Joel! Thank you in advance for your courage and generosity!

  • September 24, 2020

    Registration Is Open! Apply For Master Studio Programs

    Registration Is Open! Apply for Fall/Spring Master Studio Programs (Intro to Portfolio, Advanced Portfolio, Print Power) Classes begin October 19th. All programming will be virtual this year and taking place on Zoom. We encourage you to complete your application sooner than later!

  • September 22, 2020

    Coming Soon...Groundswell and Goldman Global Arts Bring Artivism to the Bowery Wall

    Groundswell is proud to announce that we are currently producing a mural on the iconic Bowery Wall in partnership with Goldman Global Arts! Production began September 14th and will be completed over a three week period. The mural was designed by long-time Lead Artist, Raúl Ayala. Ayala is being assisted by 10 Groundswell youth artists. Legendary photojournalist, Martha Cooper, is the photographer on the project.