Officially founded in 2010, Elevated Thought ® was born in 2008; an idea that stems from a poem and a mural addressing social issues and demanding solutions. The mission quickly followed. Running our first art and social justice based workshop at Lawrence Community Works in 2010, our first official mural at Orchard Gardens in Roxbury in 2011, and our first Scholarship in 2012, we have continued to strengthen our mission each year since; serving, inspiring, and building through art.
Elevated Thought has:
* Attended the U.S. Department of Education’s National Student Art Exhibit in May 2014 and headlined a return visit in
May 2017 to present our youth’s bill of rights, associated short film, education-themed spoken word pieces and a display in the Department’s Student Art Exhibit
* Successfully ran youth programming with over 600 high school aged youth in Lawrence
* Facilitated over 60 workshops in community centers, schools, and organizations across Massachusetts
(and a workshop in Haiti) serving over 3,000 youth ages 11-24.
* Sponsored 18 scholarships for 7 students attending art colleges totaling $14,500.00
* Completed over 40 murals with various partners including The City of Lawrence, The Lawrence Partnership, Groundwork Lawrence, Lawrence CommunityWorks, Merrimack Valley YMCA, Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence, NFL Play 60 and more
* Currently pursuing our ongoing citywide beautification effort in Lawrence, painting social, historical, and
culturally themed artwork across the city.