Through partnerships with New York City alternative sentencing programs, Art Start provides music, visual, and performing arts programs to youth with open court cases. During this crucial window of time, participants are able to commit to goal-oriented creative projects, express themselves, hone in on their goals, and re-direct their energy toward positive goals. Art Start believes that by honoring these young people and their voices, we discover the key to opening greater opportunities with them.
ONE MIC is intended to awaken self-realization in teens that have been mandated to alternative to incarceration programs in NYC. The program uses Hip Hop pedagogy, an instructional method that utilizes hip hop culture to provide a bridge to concepts that promote critical understanding, via the Bruce Willis/Art Start Recording Studio. Through year-round, student-centered workshops, participants cultivate original works while learning to think critically about their roles in the world around them. Media production techniques, event coordination, social networking and leadership development are among the strengths they attain.
The Youth Offender Outreach Program is generously supported by the Ronald McDonald House Charities Tri-State Chapter & Global Chapter