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NeON Arts

NeON Arts—a free program of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) 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 COVID-19, the workshops will take place online from June–September 2020. 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.

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NeON Arts Spring Workshops

NeON Arts takes place online this spring with workshops in music, theater, visual arts, creative writing, and digital media.

NeON Arts Grants

NeON Arts—a free program of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON)—is seeking artists and arts organizations to implement arts projects in seven neighborhoods across New York City.

NeON Arts Research

Independent evaluators, Westat and Metis Associates, conducted an implementation and outcomes study of NeON Arts, assessing the implementation of the program and the effects on young people, the communities served, and the government and other agencies involved.

2020 NeON Summer Showcase

In summer 2020, NeON Arts partnered with the Department of Probation for NeON Summer, a six-week, remote-learning immersion program that connected youth with paid learning opportunities for building workplace success skills, fostering creative expression, strengthening community, and supporting young people and their families.

More than 2,700 young people across New York City participated in the artistic workshops of NeON Summer on topics including creative writing, digital music production, poetry, theater, and visual arts.

NeON Arts in Action


Logos for Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute, NYC Probation, NYC Council, NYC Cultural Affairs, and NYC Young Men's Initiative

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 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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