My friends in Brooklyn are giving back to the community through more than worthy cause, and I would like each and every person that I know to get involved with it in any way they can, either directly or by spreading the word. Young New York, an innovative new organization at the nexus of art, social advocacy and the criminal justice system will launch its first public awareness event at the end of this month. The program – run by young New Yorkers for young New Yorkers – will join young people in the criminal justice system with successful artists, architects, designers, teachers and social workers across the City. Through this multi-disciplinary structure, the youth will learn to use the power of art to share their experiences from arrest through sentencing with the rest of the cityʼs residents and to raise awareness about the treatment of youth in New York Stateʼs criminal justice system.
“In New York, 16 and 17 year olds are prosecuted as adults”, said Rachel Barnard, the Director of Young New York. “Even though these young New Yorkers are too young to vote, by giving them a chance to be seen, heard, and known via a responsible and creative outlet, we aim to include them – the most effected – in the debate about the criminal justice systemʼs treatment of youth.”
The innovative ʻsocial justice through artʼ model will work with 16- and 17-year-olds who, legally classified as adults, have been funneled through New York Stateʼs adult criminal justice system. The program consists of a series of cutting-edge creative workshops where fifteen young New Yorkers work with world-class artists and educators in the City to learn about various media, art forms and theories of public expression and to create individual artistic projects weekly that will be presented at a final presentation for public view.
The Young New York event launch with a silent auction and fundraiser will be held this coming Tuesday, May 29th. It will feature the works of Steven Holl, Steve “ESPO” Powers, Jesse Hazelip and many other established and emerging international artists whose work touches on the realm of the social in urban space, thereby creating a dialogue with the work being developed in the YNY workshops. This is an event that is not to be missed, a cause not to be overlooked, and a group to be on the lookout for.
YNY SILENT ART AUCTION & FUNDRAISER
Auction & Reception: Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 6-10 PM Auction called at 9 PM
At: White Box – 329 Broome St. – New York, NY
Supporter Tickets: $50.00
Purchase Tickets here: youngnewyork.eventbrite.com/
The space for the event has been provided by White Box, food provided by Maimonide of Brooklyn, and drinks provided by Bomb Lager. Additional support has also been provided by Loci Architecture and gopro.
Steven Holl “Riddled Cupboard”
Jesse Hazelip “Fatman”
Steve Powers “Waiting For You”