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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 ›
  • Round Three Culminating Events


    Tuesday, March 3, 2015 | 6:30 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Xmental Paint Straight Harlem Finale

    Presented by Xmental

    Xmental’s Paint Straight finale is a celebration and exploration of the elements of hip hop. Guest DJs spin records while local hip-hop artists rock the mic and sell their graff pieces in a silent auction.

    Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall
    154 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019

    Subway 1 Subway A Subway C Subway E Subway D Subway F Subway N Subway Q Subway R | Bus: M5, M7, M10, M20, M31, M57, M104


     
    Sunday, March 8, 2015 | 6 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Humanity Through Hip Hop: Jamaica and Bed-Stuy

    Presented by Hip Hop Saves Lives

    The final event includes a performance by the youth of three original songs plus a showing of the three music videos, a screening of the documentary short about the making of the three songs, and a photography exhibit of all the youth in the project. The event is also the launch of KHK RADIO, which features the youth’s music and first radio show. A five-minute clip of the radio show will be played.

    Downtown Community Television Center
    87 Lafayette Street
    New York, NY 10013

    Subway J Subway Z Subway N Subway Q Subway R Subway 6 | Bus: M5


     
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 6:30 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Film for Change

    Presented by Maysles Documentary Center

    Join us for the premiere of six new documentary films on colorism, entrepreneurship, life-changing experiences, single parenting, a vegan boxer, and the transformative impact of the South Bronx NeON. A question-and-answer session with the filmmakers and a reception will follow.

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

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


     
    Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 4:30 PM
    NeON Arts:
    3-D Animation Showcase

    Presented by The Animation Project

    The Animation Project and PS 327 host a film festival–style movie screening of a 3-D computer-animated short film that was conceived, written, designed, and produced by the NeON Arts student participants. Participants created all the models that fill this story of a brother and sister who confront a monster and save a town. But will they save their own family? Student animators walk a red carpet, answer questions, and join the community for a celebration buffet.

    PS 327
    111 Bristol Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11212

    Subway 3 | Bus: B12, B14, B60, B7


     
    Saturday, March 14, 2015 | 12 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Paint Straight East New York Finale

    Presented by Xmental

    Xmental Paint Straight finale is a celebration and exploration of the elements of hip hop. Guest DJs will spin records while local hip-hop artists rock the mic and sell their graff pieces in a silent auction.

    Weeksville Heritage Center
    158 Buffalo Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11213

    Subway 3 Subway 4 Subway A Subway C | Bus: B15, B46, B47, B65


     
    Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | 6 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Tribeca Teaches Film Screening

    Presented by Tribeca Film Institute

    Tribeca Film Institute is pleased to present a special works-in-progress screening of short films made by members the Staten Island community. Join us immediately after for a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers and a celebratory reception.

    Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
    1000 Richmond Terrace
    Staten Island, NY 10301

    Subway 1 Subway 4 Subway 5 Subway R to free Staten Island Ferry | Bus: S40


     
    Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 7 PM
    Please note that due to inclement weather this event has been rescheduled from Friday, March 20 and will now happen on Thursday, March 26.
    NeON Arts:
    Music with a Message

    Presented by Renaissance Youth

    The Renaissance Youth NeON Arts program offers weekly beginner-, intermediate-, and advanced-level vocal and instrumental lessons. Participants have the option of taking vocal, guitar, drum, or keyboard lessons, and learn music notation in grand staff and chart form. The participants have honed their crafts and are ready to showcase what they have learned.

    Renaissance Youth Center
    3485 Third Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10456

    Subway 4 Subway B Subway D | Bx6, Bx15


     
    Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 6:30 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Bronx Showcase

    Presented by Renaissance Youth, Maysles Documentary Center, and Free Verse

    The Bronx NeON Arts Showcase features performances by the Renaissance Youth Choir, screenings of short documentary films produced and directed by participants of the Maysles Documentary Center’s Films for Change program, and poetry readings by participants of Free Verse, a poetry journal and program born in the waiting room of the Bronx.

    Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall
    154 West 57th Street
    New York, NY 10019

    Subway 1 Subway A Subway C Subway E Subway D Subway F Subway N Subway Q Subway R | Bus: M5, M7, M10, M20, M31, M57, M104


     
    Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 12 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Free Verse: Lunch and Launch

    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 magazine launch 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


     
    Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 6 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Tribeca Teaches Film Screening

    Presented by Tribeca Film Institute

    Tribeca Film Institute is pleased to present a special works-in-progress screening of short films made by members the Staten Island community. Join us immediately after for a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers and a celebratory reception.

    Regal Cinemas 11
    Asphalt Green Battery Park City
    102 North End Ave
    New York, NY 10281

    Subway 1 Subway 3 Subway A Subway C Subway 4 Subway 5 Subway N Subway R | Bus: M5, M9, M20, M22


     
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    NeON Arts is a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.

    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.

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