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8-Week Arts Diversion Program in Action


March 6, 2017

Young New Yorkers was honored to participate in Columbia University's 7th Annual Justice Conference, Beyond the Bars: Transcending the Punishment Paradigm on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

The conference hosted a wide array of grassroots organizing workshops. YNY Graduates and teachers  presented Art and Transformative Justice, which was run like a YNY Arts Diversion Program. Participants in the works...

December 21, 2016

Young New Yorkers was honored to be hosted by the Australian Consulate-General in New York for Transformative Justice, an exhibition, talk, and panel on October 19. The evening included an exhibition of artworks created by Young New Yorkers graduates. YNY founder Rachel Barnard spoke about YNY's mission to provide a platform for participants in our arts diversion programs to advocate for themselve...

November 18, 2016

The young New Yorkers in our latest 8-Week Arts Diversion Program invited guests (including the criminal justice partners involved in their own cases) to their CREATING COMMUNITY exhibition. Guests partook in this playful yet serious public art project designed by the young New Yorkers to build a community where everyone is connected in unity and diversity. 

Each person b...

August 11, 2016

YNY Founding Executive Director Rachel Barnard will give a keynote address about YNY's mission to transform the criminal justice system through the creative voices of young New Yorkers, at a Transformative Justice showcase at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Brisbane, Australia, on Thursday, August 18. 

Following the address, she will join a panel discussion with Professor Pam...

July 18, 2016

Stoked that our latest public exhibition is featured in Mass Appeal! 

ARTIST ADVOCATES was designed by the court-involved young people in our latest 8-Week Arts Diversion Program. They re-imagined the process of becoming justice-involved and advocating for oneself at as young as 16 years old. 

Read the full article here.  

July 11, 2016

What a night!

Thank you all for being such wonderful participants in the Final Exhibition "Artist Advocates" of our latest 8-Week Arts Diversion Program. We were thrilled to welcome our criminal justice partners and members of the community to the glittering gold interactive art installation, designed by our young New Yorkers. Our young graduates are on their way to having their cases dismissed a...

June 28, 2016

Join us on Thursday for our spring exhibition, a gold-spangled participatory installation designed by our young New Yorkers to generate a conversation around their with, and hopes for, the criminal justice system.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 
5–7 PM 
225 Cadman Plaza East 

June 16, 2016

The Young New Yorkers Spring 8-Week Diversion Program class invites you to celebrate the completion of their program at their Final Exhibition. 

The exhibition is a large-scale, participatory art project that is designed to generate a conversation around our young New Yorkers' experiences with, and hopes for, the criminal justice system.

The criminal court has given these four amazing young...

June 16, 2016

Many wonderful people make Young New Yorkers possible. Under#YNYbecause, different members of our community share why our programs are important to them, in their own words.

Dominique Howard: Program Teacher

#YNYbecause art is powerful. #YNYbecause young people are dynamic. #YNYbecause a combination of the two will transform the criminal justice system. Young New Yorkers is important because it pr...

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