Robyne Walker Murphy, Executive Director, Groundswell; Brooklyn, NY
Robyne Walker Murphy is a nationally recognized art and social justice educator and administrator. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Groundswell, a social justice, youth-development program that uses the transformative power of public art-making to ignite personal and societal change. In her five years at Groundswell, Murphy has uplifted the visions of young people, teaching artists, arts administrators, and staff through the creation of 126 murals, serving approximately 2,000 young people, and collaborating with 150 community organizations. During her tenure, Groundswell has received national recognition for its excellence in youth development, public art, and social justice pedagogy. Groundswell is a two-time recipient of the Stand for Arts Award given by Charter Communications and Ovation TV; the Abbey Mural Prize awarded by the National Academy of Design, and the Spark Prize Award presented by the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Previous to Groundswell, Murphy held positions at the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Cool Culture, and DreamYard, where she served as the inaugural director of the DreamYard Art Center in the Bronx. Under her leadership, DreamYard Art Center was recognized by the Obama White House as one of the top out-of-school programs in the nation. Murphy accepted the award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Murphy has conducted workshops and delivered keynote addresses at conferences and institutions across the country, including Harvard University Graduate School of Education, The University of Chicago, Seattle Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, the Bronx Museum of the Arts. In the fall of 2020, she was appointed to New York City’s Cultural Advisory Commission under former Mayor Bill de Blasio. She was awarded a BA in English from Clark Atlanta University and an MFA in Acting from the University of Washington, Seattle. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Tarik Murphy, and her son, Ras.