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.

Tuesdays 4-6pm, Program starts October 19th, 2021 (In-Person)

Learn the fundamentals of creating a dynamic portfolio in order to begin building a foundation for your studio art practice and discover personal voice. Access to Adobe Cloud software. Create artwork for college admission and scholarships. Additional college prep opportunities. Apply Online Here!

Thursdays 4-7pm, October 21st, 2021 (In-Person)

One-on-one support for portfolio development. Explore advanced techniques. Refine your existing portfolio for art school and scholarships. Receive support for art institution applications. Access to Adobe Cloud software. Learn the art of documenting, editing, writing artist statements, speaking about your work and studio critique. Apply Online Here! 


As the practice of making art for and in the public realm continues to grow in stature and importance, it has become increasingly important to develop a pipeline of opportunity for emerging artists of color to sharpen their skills to successfully work in the arts. Through our capstone artmaking opportunity, Portfolio Development, young people work with professional artists to prepare a portfolio of their work for college and scholarship applications. All art materials will be supplied.

Interested guests view a gallery of art drawn by Portfolio Development students.

Through the creation of a college application ready portfolio of artworks, Portfolio Development participants express their technical artistic skills, personal artistic exploration, and creative potential. This program is a powerful tool to level an often-unfair playing field for talented young people of color throughout New York City.

Participants will learn how to professionally document and edit their works for presentation. Groundswell offers two levels of Portfolio courses, Portfolio Introduction (ages 13-17) and Advanced Portfolio (ages 17-20). 

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