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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 ›
  • Recent Events

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014 | 6 PM
    NeON Arts: Project YEAH Final Event
    Presented by Project YEAH

    Youth participants present a final arts exhibition and reception that feature a mural dedication, a poetry slam, and a showcase of individual artworks that promote positive social values.

    Dwyer Cultural Center
    258 St. Nicholas Avenue
    New York, NY 10027
    Subway A Subway C Subway B Subway D

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | 2 PM
    NeON Arts: Groundswell Mural Dedication
    Presented by Groundswell

    Recognizing education as the most crucial step toward success in life, Groundswell teen mural artists combat the high school dropout crisis by empowering disconnected youth in South Jamaica to share their voices through a highly visible public platform. The project places young adult probation clients and community members on a path towards graduation and affirms the importance of education in vibrant South Jamaica.

    PS/IS 116
    107-25 Wren Place
    Jamaica, NY 11433

    Subway J
     | Bus: Q4, Q85

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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.