Studio Programs

Learning the tools for our liberation.
Master Studio Participants at our Final Show/Celebration

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.


Registration for Groundswell's 2021-22 Studio Programs are now open! Programs run from October 2021 - April 2022. All programs are free and participants will receive free art-making supplies, Adobe Creative Cloud software, college & career readiness resources, guidance sessions, and more.


Studio Programs

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.

Using the canvas to start a dialogue

Print Power

Print Power introduces youth to the Groundswell community, mission, and use of art as social justice. Students will engage in radical printing and designing, and exploring ways to use public space as gallery space. No background in art is necessary and everyone is welcome to join!

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.

Expressing the radical possibilities of art.

Summer Leadership Institute

The Summer Leadership Institute is Groundswell's flagship summer jobs program that employs youth as apprentice artists from July to August to create beautiful large-scale works of public art throughout New York City.

Creating change, one mural at a time.

Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship

Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship (TEMA) is an afterschool program for young people ages 16-19 to learn how to paint a mural and use art for social change.