Director of Programs

Eric Miles

Eric Miles is a veteran educator, artist, and arts administrator who has worked with schools, universities and community-based organizations for over twenty years. The focus of his career has been in support of New York City’s aspiring high school artists, as an award-winning visual arts teacher and department head. In this mission, he co-founded the Bronx High School for the Visual Arts, administered a multi-disciplinary arts program at the Urban Assembly School of Music and Art and led Pratt’s Institute’s teacher training program. Eric has also been an advocate for youth voice through his leadership in community-based mural projects locally and internationally. Eric holds a BA in Art History and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and Arts Education from the Pratt Institute. His leadership in the field of arts education has included experience as a writer of the NYC Visual Arts Curricula and the NYC Art Regents exams, and as a trainer for the NYC Blueprint for the Arts. Eric has presented his work at speaking events, including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has received numerous awards for his dedication and success as an educator. Eric has worked as a lead muralist for Groundswell and joined the staff in 2018 as the Director of Programs. He lives with his wife and two sons in Brooklyn, NY.


Photo of a colorful and abstract mural.


  • Project | 2001

    Sunset Park Unity Mural

    Throughout the spring of 2001, Sunset Park residents, together with Groundswell, met to design a mural that reflected the range of cultures present in Sunset Park.
  • Project | 2016

    Your Rush, You Crush; Don’t Break a Family

    The traffic safety banner residency program, sponsored by NYC DOT Safety Education in collaboration with the Groundswell Community Mural Project, engaged New York City 6th 8th grade students in...
  • Project | 2016

    Dreams and Aspirations

    Dreams and Aspirations centers on the message: the future is in our children. The mural is located at the entrance of a childcare center. The artist team focused on the creating a piece that the young children at the daycare will be able to see themselves reflected in.
  • Project | 2016

    Bronx Hope

    Groundswell worked with Bronx Hope students to create a mural promoting a positive message about personal growth and transformation. Hope Academy of the Bronx guides at-risk students from the fifth...
  • Project | 2015

    Powerful Beyond

    Groundswell worked in collaboration with the Passages Academy at Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn to develop a three-panel interior mural in the spring of 2015.