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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Please check back soon for Round 3 applications.
For more information, please e-mail NeON Arts at NeONArts@carnegiehall.org.