NeON Arts—a free program of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON)—offers young people in New York City the chance to explore the arts through projects in a variety of disciplines, including dance, music, theater, visual arts, poetry, and digital media. NeON Arts is seeking artists and arts organizations to implement arts projects in seven neighborhoods across New York City. Programming in seven communities connects 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 arts 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, NYC Department of Probation (DOP) staff, key members of the community, and local businesses. For more information about the NeONs, visit the NYC DOP website.
Artists and arts organizations are selected to receive grants by local NeON stakeholder groups, which comprise people on probation, NYC DOP staff, key members of the community, and local businesses. There are four grant rounds: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. For the Winter, Spring, and Fall rounds, the grant amount awarded will be up to $15,000 per NeON. For the Summer round, the grant amount awarded will be up to $8,000 per NeON. If you are selected to receive a grant for more than one NeON, you will be awarded a separate grant for each NeON for which you are selected. Applicants are welcome to apply to more than one round of NeON Arts, and to more than one NeON within each round. If your grant application is not selected, you will have the opportunity to apply again when future rounds are announced. If you would like to receive feedback on your grant application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you answer “yes” to the questions below, you are eligible to apply for a NeON Arts grant.
Pitch presentations for each round take place at all seven NeONs to allow artists and arts organizations to talk with NeON stakeholders about their applications and project ideas. After the presentations, there is time for questions with stakeholders, as well as networking with both stakeholders and other potential applicants who represent different art forms and arts organizations. You should attend pitch presentations even if you have applied for a NeON Arts grant in the past. Your presentation should be five to seven minutes long and include the following elements:
You should feel free to bring a young person who has participated in your project(s) in the past to your presentation, as the voices of youth participants are important to stakeholders. Your presentation can also include audio components, visual media, and/or a live demonstration. Email email@example.com to RSVP, and include any audio/visual requirements. Check this page for the current pitch presentation schedule as it becomes available for each round.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
NeON Arts is a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.
Funding for NeON Arts is provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and The Pinkerton Foundation, through grants to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Public support is provided by the City of New York through Council Member Vanessa Gibson and the Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity.