NeON Arts—a free program of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) that is open to the entire city—offers young people in seven New York City communities the chance to explore the arts through a variety of creative projects that help them establish positive peer relationships and develop important social and career skills. Workshops are hosted at community-based probation offices called Neighborhood Opportunity Networks (NeONs) and other nearby sites. Due to social-distancing protocols related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these workshops are currently taking place online. NeON Arts provides funding to New York City artists and arts organizations to produce programs in partnership with the NeONs, which connect local residents to opportunities, resources, and services in their neighborhoods.
NeON Arts takes place online this fall and winter with workshops in filmmaking, visual arts, theater, culinary arts, and digital media.
NeON Arts—a free program of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON)—is seeking artists and arts organizations to lead online arts workshops for New York City based young people.
Independent evaluators, Westat and Metis Associates, conducted an implementation and outcomes study of NeON Arts, assessing the implementation of the program and the effects on young people, the communities served, and the government and other agencies involved.
2020 NeON Summer Showcase
In summer 2020, NeON Arts partnered with the Department of Probation for NeON Summer, a six-week, remote-learning immersion program that connected youth with paid learning opportunities for building workplace success skills, fostering creative expression, strengthening community, and supporting young people and their families.
More than 2,700 young people across New York City participated in the artistic workshops of NeON Summer on topics including creative writing, digital music production, poetry, theater, and visual arts.
NeON Arts in Action
NeON Arts Asset Mapping Project