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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 Four Culminating Events


    Thursday, May 21, 2015 | 7 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Renaissance Youth Choir Spring Performance

    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 | Bus: Bx6, Bx15, Bx35, Bx41


     
    Friday, May 22, 2015 | 6:30 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Renaissance Youth Choir Spring Encore Performance

    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.

    Taft High School
    240 East 172nd Street
    Bronx, NY 10457

    Subway 4 Subway B Subway D | Bus: Bx2, Bx32


     
    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | 5 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Food for Thought

    Presented by New York Center for Interpersonal Development

    After 16 weeks of learning from the instructors in Port Richmond’s award-winning culinary department, participants showcase their skills by preparing and serving a five-course multicultural meal for 60 community members.

    Entertainment will be provided by the Renaissance Youth Choir.

    Port Richmond High School
    85 Saint Joseph’s Avenue
    Staten Island, NY 10302

    Bus: Bx1, Bx2

    Note: This event is by RSVP only. Please contact neonarts@carnegiehall.org for more information.


     
    Saturday, June 20, 2015 | 12 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Brooklyn Celebration

    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. This event features participants from Xmental’s East New York and Brownsville projects. Partners and social organizations from the Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and East New York NeON sites () also participate during the day.

    Weeksville Heritage Center
    158 Buffalo Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11213

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


     
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | 1 PM
    NeON Arts:
    The Animation Project Digital Short Premiere

    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. 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


     
    Thursday, June 25, 2015 | 4 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Free Verse: Magazine 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 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


     
    Saturday, June 27, 2015 | 12 PM
    NeON Arts:
    RISE: Reach, Inspire, and Succeed Ensemble

    Presented by CUNY Creative Arts Team

    After a 16-week series of drama-based workshops, the final event is an amalgam of the experiences shared by participants during the project. Participants decide which dramatic scenarios to share at the event, which could include everything from monologue and poetry performances to mock interview presentations.

    Bed-Stuy Multi-Service Center
    1958 Fulton Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11233

    Subway A Subway C | Bus: B7, B26, B46, B47, B65


     
    Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | 6:30 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Renaissance Youth Choir Summer Performance

    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.

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

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


     
    Thursday, July 2, 2015 | 7 PM
    NeON Arts:
    Empower Youth: Jamaica on the Rise

    Presented by Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning

    JCAL assembled a group of extraordinarily talented young poets, hip-hop dancers, and actors to develop a theater piece about teen relationships. For its final event, this youth ensemble produces an original production, Jamaica on the Rise, which uses music, dance, and poetry to explore the effects of drug addiction, domestic abuse, homophobia, and relationship violence on youth in Jamaica. The show celebrates the power of friendship, creativity, and community contribution in the face of these devastating challenges.

    Jamaica Performing Arts Center
    153-10 Jamaica Avenue
    Jamaica, NY 11432

    Subway E Subway F Subway J | Bus: Q31, Q34, Q30, Q24, Q44, Q83, Q42, Q25, Q65, Q110, Q111


     
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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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