This summer Young New Yorkers partners with NeON Arts, a program of the NYC Department of Probation in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, to lead a community-wide project of mapping the braided narratives of East New York, one of seven participating NeON neighborhoods. Young participants in this project will join YNY Teaching Artists and Peer Mentors (YNY Graduates) to explore their neighborhoods (and neighbors) through photography and video.
On September 22, there will be a city-wide exhibition of the young participants' artworks at Carnegie Hall. In the following days, each NeON will host an exhibition to launch the mapped assets of that neighborhood.
In summer 2014 we collaborated with NeON Arts in Brownsville to pilot our community program "Transforming Futures: Exploring Empowering Responses to Gun Violence through Art and Design Thinking." The final exhibition for this transformative program, entitled "Love Letters to Brownsville," was a great success in the community, and was even attended by First Lady McCray. We are looking forward to working with young people and community leaders in East New York.