How To Apply

A youth artist holds a paintbrush to a colorful mural.

Want to leave your mark in your community? Become a Groundswell youth artist. Groundswell has many opportunities to become involved that open up several times a year. Below are our current applications, and you can learn more about being a Groundswell youth artist here.

 

Many of our programs meet at Groundswell's studio: 540 President Street, Suite 1A, Brooklyn, NY 11215. To get to our office, take the R train to Union Street.

 

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. For each project, a team of two Groundswell teaching artists and 15 to 20 youth engage with community organizations and city agencies to use public space as a canvas. Through research, design, and fabrication, their murals will give voice to their experiences as young people in New York City by making visible critical issues in order to inspire the next generation of leaders

Summer 2018 (Ages 16-21)

The program meets Mondays through Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:15 pm with a closing banquet on the final Friday. Attendance and full participation are required.

Please Note: Applicants for SLI must also apply to New York City’s SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (SYEP) via their website:  https://application.nycsyep.com/ 

To be eligible to work with Groundswell, applicants must select ONLY one of the BROOKLYN based providers listed. Applicants will NOT be eligible to work with Groundswell if one of these providers is not selected:

  • SCO Center for Family Life
  • Catholic Charities (BROOKLYN ONLY)
  • Research Foundation CUNY – Medgar Evers College Campus
  • Riseboro Community Partnership

* If you are not eligible for SYEP but still want to work with Groundswell this summer, please email studioprograms@groundswell.nyc for more information.

 

 

Portfolio Development

Groundswell's Portfolio Development Program is an opportunity for students from underrepresented backgrounds to create dynamic artwork for college admission and scholarships by learning fundamental studio skills and exploring their personal voice as artists. They'll also have an opportunity to go on college visits, meet with college representatives, go on field trips, document/edit their work, and meet artists and designers. All supplies and snacks provided!

FALL Monday Session (Ages 16-19)

The program meets every Monday from 4-7 pm, October 23 to December 15. Attendance and full participation are required. Applications are due October 4th. APPLICATION CLOSED.

SPRING Monday Session (Ages 14-16) 

 

The program meets every Monday from 4-7pm, January 22-March 30. Attendance and full participation are required. APPLICATION CLOSED.

 

 

Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship

Groundswell's TEMA (Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship) program is an opportunity for students to create a large-scale mural collaboratively with Groundswell artists and community partners. They will together research, design and paint a work of public art! You don't have to be experienced to join the program, you just have to be interested in art, community, and social justice! Participants receive all art materials, field trips opportunities and snacks!

Tuesday Session (Ages 14-17)

The program meets every Tuesday from 4-7 pm, October 24 to March 30. First-day Orientation is Saturday, October 21! Attendance and full participation is required. APPLICATION CLOSED.

Wednesday Session (Ages 16-19)

 

The program meets every Wednesday from 4-7 pm, November 1 to March 30. First-day Orientation is Saturday, October 21! Attendance and full participation are required. APPLICATION CLOSED.

 

Segue Program

The Segue Program introduces you to Groundswell's mission to use art as a tool for social justice! You will learn different skills and techniques to make art and connect with the Gowanus, Brooklyn community. Art-making might include photography, drawings, painting, sculpture, printmaking and more! Students receive all art materials, field trip opportunities and snacks! 

SPRING Thursday Session (Ages 14-16)

The program meets every Thursday from 4-6pm, January 25-March 30. Attendance and full participation is required. APPLICATION CLOSED.

 

Artivism Program 

In the Artivism program, you'll learn about some of the histories of past activist and social justice movements in NYC and how you can work with community members to create change. We'll be going back to the St. Nicholas houses in Harlem to work with community members of the Senior Center to facilitate programs and activate the space for change. 

SPRING Friday Session (Ages 16-19)

The program meets every Friday from 4-7pm, January 26-March 30. APPLICATION CLOSED.

 

 

Making His'tory

Groundswell's Making His'tory Spring program is a leadership development group that brings together young men of color to work with two Groundswell artists, and through art-making identify issues and conditions impacting young men today. They''ll also have the opportunity to be part of the Making His'tory summer mural job in July-August. They don't have to be experienced in art to join the program, they just have to be interested in art, community and social justice! Participants receive all art materials, field trips opportunities and snacks! 

SPRING Friday Session (Ages16-19)

The program meets every Friday from 4-7pm, April 13-June 29. Attendance and full participation is required. 

 

Voices Her'd

Groundswell's Voices Her'd Spring program is a leadership development group that brings together young women of color to work with two Groundswell artists, and through art-making identify issues and conditions impacting them today. They'll also have the opportunity to be part of the Voices Her'd summer mural job in July-August. Participants don't have to be experienced in art to join the program, they just have to be interested in art, community and social justice! Participants receive all art materials, field trips opportunities and snacks! 

SPRING Friday Session (Ages 16-19)

The program meets every Friday from 4-7pm, April 13-June 29. Attendance and full participation is required.