Neon Arts Engages Community Members and Probation Clients With New Citywide Projects This Spring
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NeON Arts Program Connects Local Artists and Arts Organizations with Probation Clients
Throughout New York City, Creating Programming Available To The Whole Community
(March 11, 2015; NEW YORK, NY)— Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Probation (DOP) today announced the names of ten New York City organizations selected for the upcoming four-month installment of NeON Arts, a citywide arts education initiative created by the DOP, running from March – June 2015.
The ten organizations selected to create new programming for NeON Arts are:
Bedford-Stuyvesant: CUNY Creative Arts Team
Brownsville: The Animation Project and Xmental
East New York: Xmental
Harlem: Maysles Documentary Center and Life Light Street Productions
Jamaica: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
South Bronx: Free Verse, Maysles Documentary Center and Renaissance Youth Center
Staten Island: New York Center for Interpersonal Development
Launched in spring 2014, NeON Arts 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.
The seven NeON neighborhoods are Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn), Brownsville (Brooklyn), East New York (Brooklyn), Harlem (Manhattan), South Jamaica (Queens), Staten Island, and the South Bronx.
Final events for these projects will take place in early summer 2015 with details to be announced. For information on upcoming NeON Arts public programs and events from the current session of NeON Arts projects, including a Bronx Showcase at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, March 24 that will feature music, film and poetry created by South Bronx NeON participants, please visit carnegiehall.org/NeONArts.
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.
An integral part of the development of NeON Arts has been the direct involvement of local community members. Participating arts organizations were selected by local NeON stakeholders who are comprised of people on probation, DOP staff, key members of the community, and local businesses.
About the March – June 2015 NeON Arts Organizations
The Animation Project is an organization dedicated to using digital art technology as a therapeutic medium and a workforce development tool with at-risk youth. TAP will teach Brownsville NeON participants how to create an original computer animated video using professional digital art computer programs. Participants will then share the animation they created at a public screening for the community.
CUNY Creative Arts Team uses the transformative power of drama to help youth and adults succeed in school, work and life. Over the course of 16 weeks, CAT will lead a series of drama-based workshops and activities. Participants will work with CAT Actor-Teachers to focus on issues drawn from their own lives, dynamically challenge perceptions and behaviors, and use the content to shape a culminating event to share with the community – while practicing new skills for success.
Free Verse, the journal of poetry and prose born in the probation center waiting room in the South Bronx NeON, will host a poetry program for community members alongside poetry workshops to create an informal learning environment in which poetry serves as the pathway to better prospects in life.
The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning offers visual, performing and literary arts, arts education and artists’ programs to contribute to the cultural enrichment of Queens and the Greater Metropolitan area. JCAL will work with participants to develop an original investigative theater piece based on true stories of teens growing up in Jamaica.
Life Light Street Productions uses media production training to introduce young adults to documentary film production and college/career exploration. Life Light will partner with the Maysles Documentary Center to engage Harlem NeON participants and community members to work in small teams to create short documentaries on issues important to them and their communities.
The Maysles Documentary Center is a Harlem-based non-profit film arts organization dedicated to the production and exhibition of documentary films that inspire dialogue and action. MDC will work with South Bronx NeON participants and community members on short documentaries, and partner with Life Light Street Productions at the Harlem NeON.
New York Center for Interpersonal Development is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the improvement of human relationships and the strengthening of communities as fundamental to achieving a civil society. NYCID will lead culinary workshops for Staten Island NeON participants in partnership with Post Richmond High School, culminating in a banquet dinner for members of the community.
Renaissance Youth Center uses a holistic approach to empower at-risk inner city youth to fully maximize their potential as productive and responsible members of society, by offering dynamic, team-building education, music, and sports programs, while instilling the importance of building strong communities. Renaissance will offer weekly vocal and instrumental lessons to South Bronx NeON participants that highlight songwriting, arranging, jam sessions, recording, and public performance.
Xmental is a coalition of community organizers, artists, and teachers committed to mentoring and educating urban youth through art and creative projects. The organization will introduce Brownsville and East New York NeON participants to the basics of graffiti art while also teaching the difference between legal and illegal graffiti. The organization will then host a public viewing and auction of art alongside performances by local hip-hop artists.
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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.
The NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI) transforms lives by connecting young men of color with the tools they need to succeed. YMI views each young man as a valuable asset to his family, his community and his city. It invests in our common future by providing Black and Latino young men with innovative programs, services and policy solutions focused on education, employment, health and justice. By focusing New York City’s resources in a smart and strategic way, this unprecedented public-private partnership has created a global model for helping young men to reach their goals, break the poverty cycle and build stronger communities. To learn more about YMI, visit: nyc.gov/youngmen.