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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, recently announced the names of eleven New York City organizations to be awarded grants supporting arts programming as part of DOP’s new citywide NeON Arts initiative. Read more ›
  • Past Events

    Friday, June 13, 2014 | 6 PM
    NeON Arts: New Beginnings
    Presented by Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Voices UnBroken

    Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Voices UnBroken have joined forces to create a production with NeON participants entitled “New Beginnings.” The program features dance performance from the Ailey Arts In Education & Community Programs residency and spoken-word pieces created by participants working with Voices UnBroken, as well as production design, stage management, and marketing support from Roundabout Theatre Company participants.

    The Oberia D. Dempsey Multi-Service Center
    127 West 127th Street
    New York, NY 10027
    Subway 2 Subway 3 Subway A Subway C Subway B Subway D

    For more information, contact 212-632-4406.

    Monday, June 16, 2014 | 6 PM
    NeON Arts: Poetry Reading and Celebration of Community Voices
    Presented by Voices UnBroken 

    Voices UnBroken presents a poetry reading that gives program participants a chance to share their work as part of a lively celebration of creativity and community voices.

    Bronx YMCA
    2 Castle Hill Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10473

    Subway 2
    Subway 6 | Bus: Bx22

    For more information, contact 212-632-4406.

    Friday, June 20, 2014 | 6 PM
    NeON Arts: A Documentary Screening of “The Game: Play Smart”
    Presented by Life Light

    It’s often said that life is like a game—winning or losing depends on the decisions we make while playing. Any of us could make the decision to drop out of school, and this choice raises many questions. The youth of Life Light Street Productions host a public screening of the documentary they produced in order to answer some of those questions, and to learn how to successfully play the game.

    Community Mediation Services
    89-64 163rd Street
    Jamaica, NY 11432
    Subway E Subway F Subway J | Bus: Q6, Q8, Q9, Q24, Q30, Q31, Q41, Q54, Q56

    For more information, contact 718-523-6868 ext. 271.

    Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 12 PM
    NeON Arts: Paint Straight Hip Hop Finale
    Presented by Xmental

    Xmental’s Paint Straight Hip Hop Finale is a celebration and exploration of the elements of hip hop. Guest DJs spin records while program participants rock the mic, breakdance on stage, and sell their graffiti art in a silent auction.

    For My Sweet
    1103 Fulton Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11238
    Subway A Subway C Subway S | Bus: B25, B26, B48

    For more information, contact 212-632-4406.

    Monday, June 23, 2014 | 5 PM
    NeON Arts: Transforming Futures Brownsville
    Presented by Young New Yorkers

    Young New Yorkers presents a final public exhibition of works created by program participants that addresses the issue of gun violence in the Brownsville neighborhood. Participants use photography, film, illustration, and design to tell their stories.

    Brownsville NeON
    444 Thomas S Boyland Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11212
    Subway 3 Subway C Subway L | Bus: B12, B14, B60

    For more information, contact 212-632-4406.

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014 | 4 PM
    NeON Arts: “Sing Your Story” Finale Concert
    Presented by Music Beyond Measure

    Featuring Urban Soul Collective

    Music Beyond Measure presents an electrifying community concert featuring the Urban Soul Collective and “Sing Your Story” Project participants. The concert features a combination of original R&B, jazz, funk, and hip-hop music with lyrics written by project participants and music written by Founder and Director Tamara C. Williams.


    South Bronx NeON
    Concourse Plaza
    198 East 161st Street
    Bronx, NY 10451
    Subway 4 Subway B Subway D | Bus: Bx1, Bx6

    For more information, contact 201-408-1463.

    Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 12 PM
    NeON Arts: Free Verse Launch Party
    Presented by Free Verse

    Free Verse celebrates the release of its latest magazine edition that features a selection of work by probation clients, officers, staff, security guards, friends, family, and professional writers who wrote their poems at the South Bronx NeON. The event includes performances by established poets as well as an open mic.

    South Bronx NeON
    Concourse Plaza
    198 East 161st Street
    Bronx, NY 10451
    Subway 4 Subway B Subway D | Bus: Bx1, Bx6

    For more information, contact 718-537-5197 or freeversepoems@gmail.com.

    Friday, June 27, 2014 | 7 PM
    NeON Arts: [Re] Generation
    Presented by ARTs East New York

    ARTs East New York hosts a public screening of a music video produced by program participants, followed by a panel discussion with participants to discuss their experience in the program and their aspirations in the music and film industries.

    J.H.S. 292 Margaret S. Douglas
    301 Vermont Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11207
    Subway 3 Subway C Subway J Subway Z Subway L | Bus: B12, B14, B20, B83, Q24

    For more information, contact 212-632-4406 or visit artseastny.org.

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | 4 PM
    NeON Arts: What It Iz
    Presented by Center for Nu Leadership on Urban Solutions

    Andre Robinson, Director
    Byronn Bain, Executive Producer

    The Center presents What It Iz, a 21st-century urban parody that remixes L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the 1970s Broadway musical-turned-motion picture, The Wiz. The play was created specifically for youth and young adults who reside in communities with high rates of arrests and incarceration.

    Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center
    670 Lafayette Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11216
    Subway G | Bus: B38, B43

    For more information, contact 212-632-4406.

    Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 6 PM
    NeON Arts: Film Screening of “The Opposites”
    Presented by The Animation Project

    “The Opposites” tells the story of a young man from a “good” neighborhood who has made some bad choices crossing paths with a young man from a “bad” neighborhood who has made some good choices. The film was created by a group of young adults enrolled in The Animation Project’s 3-D computer animation therapy program in collaboration with a professional animator and an art therapist. Come support these young Staten Islanders as they step up to share their story with the community.

    Staten Island NeON
    340 Bay Street 
    Staten Island, NY 10301
    Subway 1 Subway 4 Subway 5 Subway R  to free Staten Island Ferry | Bus: S40, S74, S76

    For more information, contact 718-876-8333.

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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.

    Please check back soon for Round 3 applications.

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

  • 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.
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