Assembly is a nine-month pilot program operating from the Recess satellite space in Downtown Brooklyn. To expand upon our mission to connect artists and publics, Assembly offers arts-based diversion programs for court-involved youth, in order to provide alternatives to incarceration and other adult sanctions. When participants complete the Assembly diversion program, prosecutors may close and seal their cases, allowing them to avoid an adult record.
The program is presented in partnership with Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, who recruits program participants at the court level, and Shaun Leonardo, who is the program’s lead teaching artist and organizer. After the first three months, Leonardo will be joined by Salome Asega and Sable Elyse Smith, who will serve as teaching artists in the spring and summer, respectively.
In addition to this dedicated program, Assembly grants each teaching artist the opportunity to activate and add to the front gallery space cumulatively over a three month period, working toward an evolving installation rather than a static exhibition. Through collaboration with the teaching artists, program participants will have the opportunity to create a final project and curate a final exhibition combining their own work with that of the artists.