Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship (TEMA)

Developing Artistic and Leadership Skills

Groundswell's largest afterschool program, Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship (TEMA), is modeled on a traditional apprenticeship and focuses on youth development objectives. Two teams of teen artists meet weekly throughout the school year to create public art for community-based organizations.



Program runs from October 24, 2016 through April 5, 2017 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.

Past Projects

  • YEAR 2016

    Love, Peace, and Hope

    LOCATION: 111 East 210th Street Bronx, NY 10467

    As part of the Teen Empowerment Mural Apprenticeship, a team of young artists created three banners The AIDS Center at...

  • YEAR 2016

    One Crown Heights

    LOCATION: Crown Heights Brooklyn, NY 11225

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

  • “House of Knowledge” understands the relationship between water stewardship and youth’s academic success.
    YEAR 2015

    House of Knowledge, Boat of Success, and The Flow of Knowledge

    LOCATION: 1027 46th Avenue #101 Long Island City, NY 11101

    Groundswell and Row New York, the only program of its kind dedicated to teaching young people in under-resourced...