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

  • September 14, 2017

    (Nov 13, 2017) Annual Art Bash

    2017 marks Groundswell's 20th Birthday! In celebration we hosted our Annual Art Bash on November 13th at the Wythe Hotel to commemorate the supporters, youth, artists, and advocates that have, and will continue to grow with us.

  • June 27, 2017

    (Oct 21-22, 2017) Here Hear Exhibition

    In order to amplify the underrepresented voices, specifically of people of color, women, and queer folks, that often go unheard and under-acknowledged, Groundswell presents the exhibition, "HERE/HEAR." The 2-day event will feature an artist talk-back on October 21st from 5-6 PM, followed by an after-party sponsored by Blick and Bronx Brewery!

  • May 18, 2017

    (Oct 13, 2017) Open Studios: Writing your Artist Statement

    Join us at Groundswell Studio on Friday, October 13th for a workshop lead by facilitator Michelle Levy to help guide you through the process of creating your best statement yet, and learn how words can make your art look better.