NYC Art Auction to Support Restorative Justice Program

More than 50 artists will be donating their works for a silent auction in support of Young New Yorkers, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization running diversion programs for teens with open criminal cases.

Young New Yorkers is restorative justice program for 16- and 17-year-olds who, in New York state, are prosecuted as adults. The criminal court offers Young New Yorkers as an alternative to serving jail time and carrying a lifelong criminal record. Upon completion, the program allows the participants’ criminal cases to be sealed.

Young New Yorkers facilities artistic and creative expression and teaches community leadership skills. For eight weeks, the participants take part in a series of workshops, engaging in therapeutic discussion, working collaboratively on creative projects, and learning new artistic techniques that prepare them to design and execute an art installation of their own. They engage with various art forms, like photography, video, and illustration.

In the past, recognized street artists like Shepard Fairey, Swoon, ESPO, Chino, and ASVP have donated works to support and inspire New York’s justice-involved teens.

Members of the criminal justice system are encouraged to attend the installations and re-meet the young men and women.

The silent auction to support Young New Yorkers will be hosted at Joseph Gross Gallery, a space known for hosting the works of cutting-edge artists. The Gallery is located in New York, at 548 W 28th Street, Suite 232.

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