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Youth Offender Outreach
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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.

Existing through partnerships with NYC alternative sentencing programs, ONE MIC COLLECTIVE (OMC) is a group of young adult artists who have committed to creating and performing music to spread awareness about issues that affect their lives and communities. OMC’s mentors provide the participants with nurturing artist development, while holding them accountable for responsibility, professionalism and discipline throughout the creative process. Workshops, recording sessions and live performances are among the spaces where OMC participants find opportunities to grow artistically and personally.

GRAFFITI IS… is a summertime visual arts workshop created to guide teens with their personal messages and visual creation. With local community artists mentoring and guiding the participants and heavy personal development principles such as responsibility, integrity and identity threaded through this workshop, teens find out what they stand for and against. Whether it’s designing a mural, clothing or graphic design piece, they make their messages heard by all, creatively and legally.

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