Groundswell Artist

Danielle McDonald

Danielle McDonald is an artist, NYC public school arts teacher, and community worker. She has collaborated with schools, shelters, cultural institutions, universities, facilities for incarcerated teens, community centers, scenic shops, and walls throughout Philadelphia and New York City. She received a BFA in painting and an MA in arts education from the University of Delaware and NYU, and continues to pursue her growth as an artist and teacher through community collaborations, travel grants, and artist residencies. She is a passionate doodler and illustrator. She has directed community murals for various organizations throughout Philadelphia and NYC and has designed multiple sets for Opera Delaware and small independent films. Danielle believes art is vital in our ability to create a more just and sustainable future, and strive for ways to build creative personal and community spaces to realize this possibility.
Danielle McDonald's profile


  • Project | 2016

    Passing Wisdom, Planting Seeds

    This summer, a team of young women artists illuminated and celebrated the power of women of color within both the public and private spheres through a new mural in Crown Heights. Their mural, entit...
  • Project | 2016

    One Crown Heights

    Over the course of the 2015-2016 school year, a team of young artists collaborated on a public mural addressing the current and future residents of Crown Heights in a time of both change as the nei...
  • Project | 2015

    Our American Narrative Continues

    Created for public display at Ellis Island, Our American Narrative Continues is a six-part mural panel series celebrating the rich history of immigration to the United States.
  • Project | 2014

    No Nos Vamos

    Each week, a Groundswell team met with senior citizens twice for two hours to plan and execute our mural. The team began the process with a combination of reviewing the history of Los Sures and sha...
  • Project | 2015

    Respect is the Strongest Compliment

    Brought to national attention with groups such as HollaBack! and Stop Street Harassment, street harassment affects the feeling of safety many women experience on the street. The majority of wome...