HHHOF also partnered with the Thrive Collective non-profit organization for a new Harlem youth education center. Thrive Collective focuses on providing artistic and mentoring programs for at-risk youth.
The center will include visual arts, TV/film, music recording, photography, and dance studios, a performance space, a multi-purpose recreation/meeting room, lounge office suites, and a commercial kitchen for culinary arts instruction. HHHOF and Thrive Collective's long-term partnership was established to make a lasting impact in the lives of young people in NYC public schools, communities, and universities.
“We are establishing corporate partnerships to have the various studios completed over the next few months and schedule a public grand opening event as the first classes are set to begin. The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum’s Arts & Media Academy and Thrive Collective programs is where students will be training for careers in digital media, tech, photography, and music while producing real-life content for the museum and the Hip Hop television channel network," says JT Thompson, Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum founder.
Thrive Collective's Executive Director Jeremy Del Rio tells AllHipHop, "We are happy to work with the Hip Hop Hall of Fame on future educational endeavors in New York City."
Additionally, This Is Us and Black Panther star Sterling K. Brown assisted Thrive Collective in celebrating the Harlem Hub. As a spokesman for Clorox's "Clean Is The Beginning" campaign, the Emmy-winning actor was on hand to help refurbish the location. Over 250 community volunteers also renovated the site during Martin Luther King’s National Day of Service weekend.
“Being someone who is an artist myself, I recognize the importance of arts in a child’s development,” stated Brown. “The ability to give free range to an individual’s imagination, to have your perspective of the world validated and to give space for that level of creation to transpire — nothing is more important as far as I’m concerned.”