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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 Opens: March 2022
Workshop Round: Spring 2022
Workshop Duration: April 2022–July 2022

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Grants for Artists and Arts Organizations

NeON Arts is seeking artists and arts organizations to implement arts projects in seven neighborhoods across New York City. The program provides grants to create projects that engage youth and community members in arts programming in their neighborhoods.

Spring 2022 Timeline

Application Opens: Monday, January 17
Application Closes: Friday, February 11
Workshop Duration: April 2022–July 2022

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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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