Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship

Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship (TEMA) is an afterschool program for young people to learn how to paint a mural and use art for social change. Two teams of teen artists meet weekly throughout the school year to create public art for community-based organizations. Participants create a large-scale mural collaboratively with Groundswell artists and community partners. Together they will research, design, and paint a mural.


Groundswell has been such an important part of my life because it's a safe space. It made me realize what I am looking for in my future, what kinds of spaces and projects I want to be a part of, and what I want to do. The TEMA team is such a great, diverse community that is all about self-expression and listening and communicating, which is all of what I’m about. Groundswell made me see that in myself and see that in the community, and it made me internalize it so I always want to have that.

— Julieta Hoffbauer-Sanchez, youth artist


Through TEMA youth gain a strong understanding of the role that murals play in society. They use the power of public art to address community concerns, activate a sense of social responsibility, and nurture community.

Murals in this Series

  • Project

    One Crown Heights

    Over the course of the 2015-2016 school year, a team of young artists collaborated on a public mu...

  • Project

    Love, Peace, and Hope

    As part of the Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship, a team of young artists created three banne...

  • Project

    Our American Narrative Continues

    Created for public display at Ellis Island, Our American Narrative Continues is a six-part mural ...