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NeON Arts

NeON Arts—a free program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute that is open to the entire city—offers young people in seven New York City communities the chance to explore the arts through a variety of creative projects that help them establish positive peer relationships and develop important social and career skills. Workshops are hosted at community-based probation offices called Neighborhood Opportunity Networks (NeONs) and other nearby sites. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshops will take place online this season. NeON Arts provides funding to New York City artists and arts organizations to produce programs in partnership with the NeONs, which connect local residents to opportunities, resources, and services in their neighborhoods.

Ages for Participation: 16–24
Partnership Opportunity: NYC-Based Artists and Arts Organizations
Available for Young People and Partnerships: NYC
Season: Fall/Winter, Spring, and Summer Workshop Rounds

NeON Arts

NeON Arts is a program of the NYC Department of Probation and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute 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.

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Arts Workshops for Young People

NeON Arts offers free, online workshops for young people ages 16–24, exploring topics that include music production, fashion, visual arts, theater, digital media, and literary arts.

Application Deadline: May 12
Workshop Round: Spring/Summer
Workshop Duration: May 17–August 6

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Grants for Artists and Arts Organizations

New York City artists and arts organizations can apply for funding to produce arts programs for young people in partnership with Neighborhood Opportunity Networks (NeONs), which connect residents to opportunities, resources, and services in their neighborhoods. All artists and arts organizations are chosen by local stakeholders.

Application Deadline: Applications for the spring session are now closed. Check back later for information on future workshops.
Workshop Round: Spring Workshop
Duration: May–August, 2021

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

Lead support is provided through NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s Innovative Criminal Justice Programs Initiative with sponsorship by Council Members Keith Powers, Vanessa Gibson, and Jimmy Van Bramer.

Major support is provided by The Kresge Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of New York through Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Vanessa Gibson, Robert Holden, and Deborah Rose, the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Young Men's Initiative.

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