Studio Programs

Learning the tools for our liberation.
A youth artist wears a Groundswell branded t-shirt as she paints a mural.

Groundswell’s Studio Programs are a highly diverse series of youth development opportunities hosted at our Gowanus studio. Groundswell’s Studio Programs offer a suite of opportunities for youth to develop the skills necessary for a creative practice, engage in a dynamic community of like-minded people, and explore social justice issues relevant today. 


Studio Programs

Creating change, one mural at a time.

Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship

Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship (TEMA) is an afterschool program for young people ages 14-18 to learn how to paint a mural and use art for social change.

Sharpening skills for successful futures.

Portfolio Development

Portfolio Development is a rigorous afterschool program for youth interested in creating a dynamic portfolio for college admission and scholarships.

Telling her stories with heart and without censorship.

Voices Her'd

Voices Her'd is an afterschool and summer program serving self-identified young women who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to using art as a tool for social justice.

Knowing the power within himself.

Making His'tory

Making His’tory is an afterschool program for exceptional young men that challenges notions of identity to break cycles of inequity facing young men of color today.

Activating public space for community dialogue.


Artivism is an afterschool program that gives young people the opportunity to explore art and community participation as a tool for social action and change, based on principles of Participatory Action Research.

Setting visions for reflective futures.


Through TurnStyle, court-involved youth fulfill their community service and alternative sentencing requirements using art as a tool for self-reflection and affirmation.

Building skills. Transforming hearts.


Segue is a program to introduce students to the Groundswell community and mission to use art as a tool for social justice. Participants use art-making to document and explore the local Gowanus community as a site for social action.