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  • Whoever You Are, Where Ever You Might Be Knowledge Yourself With Books in this Library

    In the summer of 2000, sixteen fifth and sixth graders in a Brooklyn summer camp program worked with Groundswell and community partner, Warren Street Center, to create a mural on two adjacent walls.

  • Summer Mural Jam

    Groundswell’s first annual Summer Mural Jam, the precursor to our flagship program the Summer Leadership Institute, was a great success.

  • Peace Is Not A Dream In Storage

    In 1999, a group of young women of color worked with Groundswell and the Center for Anti Violence Education (CAE) to create a mural speaking out against domestic violence.

  • We Are Here to Awaken From the Illusion of Our Separateness

    In summer of 1998, in partnership with local faith-based community group, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice, fifteen young people worked together to create a mural around the theme of spiritual leaders for peace and justice.


    In 1994, at age 13, Nicholas Naquan Heyward, Jr was shot and killed by police while playing with some friends in his building in the Gowanus Houses in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.

  • The Offer of Calm Amidst the Onslaught

    Painted in a single room occupancy (SRO) hotel for people living with AIDS, this project was created by a group of HIV positive adults with histories of incarceration, drug use and prostitution.

  • Everyone Holds a World: Young Women's Sources of Strength and Protection

    This mural was designed by young women living in the Red Hook East and West Public Housing Projects. It depicts their sources of strength including real images of friends, family, community teachers, clergy, and public leaders.

  • The Golden Birdcage

    Groundswells first project organized Latino youth living in Williamsburg. Through numerous drawing sessions the group generated the mural's theme, How Our People Left Everything Behind to Str...