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.
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.
April 9, 2021
Coinciding with the National Academy of Design’s open call for proposals for the Abbey Mural Prize, this panel conversation–co-organized with Groundswell and moderated by our Executive Director, Robyne Walker Murphy, who will look at the complicated and community-driven history of murals as an act of liberation.
February 18, 2021
A group of Groundswell alumni will share tips about the college application process and insight into how their time as a Groundswell participant impacted their personal college experience.
February 18, 2021
Join Groundswell Wednesday, February 24th at 5:00pm as we celebrate Black History Month with the next event in our Art for Liberation Conversation Series, The Walls We Build & The Walls We Break.