YOUNG NEW YORKERS SILENT ART AUCTION 2016 | PRESS RELEASE
Young New Yorkers Silent Art Auction Celebrating the Art & Activism of Shepard Fairey
With 80+ Prolific International Street Artists
On April 7, Shepard Fairey’s Art to Be Showcased at the Fourth Annual Silent Art Auction to Fund Arts Programs for Teenagers Facing Criminal Charges as Adults in New York
March 16, 2016—A+E Studios, 160 West Broadway, New York, NY: Young New Yorkers (YNY), the nonprofit arts program for teenage New Yorkers, presents its fourth annual Silent Art Auction, hanging selected works of Shepard Fairey with 80 socially-conscious artists including Swoon, Gaia, and Ben Eine.
“I wholeheartedly support Young New Yorkers; not only as an art program and constructive alternative to teens being incarcerated, but it is also highly therapeutic. It builds problem solving skills that can boost self confidence and allow participants to feel more empowered to pursue their dreams as well as deal with their realities.”—Shepard Fairey
A selection of artwork being donated by Shepard Fairey. Preview the Auction on Paddle8.
“We are thrilled to be celebrating the meaningful contributions that Shepard Fairey has made to the worlds of art and activism. The transformational nature of his work and life is an inspiration to many young New Yorkers.” —Rachel Barnard, Executive Director and Founder of Young New Yorkers
YOUNG NEW YORKERS: Young New Yorkers (YNY) provides court-mandated arts programs to justice involved young people in Brooklyn. New York is one of only two states in the U.S. that arrests and sentences 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. The criminal court gives eligible 16- and 17-year-old defendants the option to participate in a YNY program rather than spend time in jail, or incur other adult criminal justice sanctions. Upon successful completion of the program, a participant’s case is dismissed and sealed and they avoid a lifelong criminal record at as young as 16. To date, 100% of more than 250 participants have successfully graduated from YNY programs. YNY’s ultimate goal is to empower participants to transform the criminal justice system through their own creative voices. PRESS CONTACT: Rachel Barnard, firstname.lastname@example.org, (347) 720-0776 CURATORS: Lunar New Year, Ann Lewis, Maya Levin SPONSORS: Scratch DJ Academy, Authentic Transport, Paddle8, Mana — Soho Crates, Nelson Seo, Sixpoint Brewery, Submittable, MOSH, All City Canvas, Balance Water, Cammisa Markel, Ceyala Brothers Gallery, GV Art Conservation, Industry City Distillery, Scott Rosenbaum / T. Edward Wines, Three Tiers Bakery, Tumblr