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CreativityWorksNYS offers grants of up to $18,000 to arts organizations to conduct 16-week arts workshops that serve youth in the Adirondack and Hudson adolescent offender facilities—located in Mid-Hudson and North Country, New York—which were created through New York State’s Raise the Age legislation. The program also aims to provide training, capacity building, and professional development support for arts organizations that work with young people who are justice-involved. CreativityWorksNYS is a collaboration between the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Carnegie Hall, which work closely with adolescent facility staff to facilitate the programming.

The primary goal of CreativityWorksNYS is to engage justice-involved youth through arts enrichment projects in a variety of creative disciplines, including music, theater, visual arts, poetry, and spoken word. Through collaborative arts projects, young people learn new skills, develop positive peer and adult relationships, and build a framework for successful reentry.

Spring/Summer Deadline: February 18, 2020


CreativityWorksNYS is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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