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    NeON Arts is a project of the NYC Department of Probation (DOP) that offers young people in New York City, including those on probation, the chance to explore the arts through projects in a variety of disciplines, including dance, music, theater, visual arts, poetry, and digital media. Programming is available in seven communities that are served by the DOP’s Neighborhood Opportunity Networks (NeONs), which connect local residents to opportunities, resources, and services provided by businesses, community organizations, and government agencies in their neighborhoods.

    NeON Arts funds and supports New York City artists and organizations who partner with NeON communities to deliver arts projects that help young people develop creative, social, and emotional skills, and build positive peer relationships. All artists and arts organizations are selected by local NeON stakeholder groups, which comprise people on probation, DOP staff, key members of the community, and local businesses.

    As a leader in creating arts programming for justice settings and an ongoing partner of the DOP, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute facilitates the grant-making process, coordinates citywide NeON Arts events, and works with arts organizations and NeON stakeholders to ensure that the planning and implementation of each project are a collaboration that benefits the entire community.

    The seven NeONs are in Brownsville, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, South Jamaica, Northern Staten Island, and the South Bronx.

  • The New York City Department of Probation (DOP) in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute today announced the names of seven New York City organizations selected for the second installment of NeON Arts, a new citywide arts education initiative created by the DOP. Read more ›
  • Upcoming Events

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 6:30 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Films for Change: Maysles Documentary Center Premiere Showcase

    Presented by Maysles Documentary Center

    Join us for the premiere of four new documentary films on spirituality, domestic violence, the impact of technology on human relationships, and a portrait of a Brooklyn-born comedian. A Q&A session with the filmmakers and reception follows the screening.

    The Bronx Museum of the Arts
    1040 Grand Concourse
    Bronx, NY 10456

    Subway 4 Subway B Subway D | Bus: Bx1, Bx2

    Friday, November 7, 2014 | 7:30 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Projectivity’s Engineering Your Sound Showcase

    Presented by Staten Island Arts and Projectivity

    Projectivity’s Engineering Your Sound music program introduces participants to audio engineering, production, recording, and songwriting. After eight sessions in a lab and four sessions in a professional recording studio, a final project was recorded. A listening party for the final project features performances from participants as well as headliners from Staten Island.

    120 Bay Cafe
    120 Bay Street
    Staten Island, NY 10304

    Subway 1 Subway 4 Subway 5 Subway R to free Staten Island Ferry

    Thursday, November 13, 2014 | 4 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Free Verse Launch Party

    Presented by Free Verse

    Free Verse, the journal of poetry and prose born in the probation center waiting room in the South Bronx NeON, hosts a poetry reading and book-making party that includes readings of original works by project participants, staff, and community members.

    South Bronx NeON
    198 East 161st Street
    Bronx, NY 10451

    Subway 4 Subway B Subway D | Bus: Bx1, Bx6

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    Funding provided by the Open Society Foundations through a grant to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City in support of the NYC Young Men's Initiative.

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    For more information, please e-mail NeON Arts at NeONArts@carnegiehall.org.

  • Partner Organizations
    NeON Arts Partners
    Learn more about the partner organizations for Round 2.
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  • Recent Blog Posts

    April 24, 2014
    NeON Arts: Transforming Lives
    READ | NeON Arts—a bold new initiative of New York City's Department of Probation (DOP), created in partnership with Carnegie Hall—builds on the DOP's successful efforts to advance public safety by engaging people on probation as well as community members in the arts. Read what Tom Cabaniss, a longtime collaborator with the Weill Music Institute, has to say about being part of the team designing the implementation of NeON Arts.
    April 16, 2014
    Living the Life I Love
    READ | Recently, a 16-year old named Meshach had an opportunity of which many teens his age would only dream. He performed the world premiere of his song “Living The Life I Love” in Zankel Hall. The concert featured Meshach’s song alongside other original music created by high school students and community members from throughout New York City.

    We sat down with him to hear about his experience as a songwriter and performer.