What Does Art Do For You? A Youth-Centered Conversation About Art And Possibility
Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 4:00 - 5:00PM
Image credits: (left) drawing by Teen Council member Faeid Hassan, (right) Assembly Program, workshop & performance, Recess, Brooklyn, NY, 3/9/17. Photo by Kaz Sakuma. Courtesy of Alloy.

About This Event

This youth-centered panel conversation will bring together members of the Bronx Museum Teen Council and Recess: Assembly Peer Leaders to discuss how an arts practice helps us think and move with and through hope, struggle, and despair. Moderated by artist and Assembly co-founder Shaun Leonardo, the panelists, representing youth of different ages, will share their lived experiences and explore the possibilities of Art. 


The conversation will be centered with the prompt:

If you had the opportunity to speak to your future self, or yourself when you were younger, what would you ask?


View a recording of the event on our Youtube page HERE


About Teen Council

Created in 2005, the Bronx Museum Teen Council offers opportunities for young people to engage deeply with contemporary art and the museum space. In this intensive paid after-school program, teens express and discuss ideas and create art relating to issues affecting young people today. 


About Recess: Assembly

Assembly offers those caught up in the justice system an inroad to art and connections to working artists and serves as an alternative to incarceration while empowering young people to take charge of their own life story and envision a career in the arts. Once participants complete the program prosecutors may close and seal their cases, allowing youth to avoid an adult record.  Participants may stay involved at Recess through paid, long-term training and arts engagement.


About Shaun Leonardo

Leonardo is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. His exhibition, Shaun Leonardo: The Breath of Empty Space is on view at The Bronx Museum of the Arts through May 30. Shaun Leonardo’s multidisciplinary work negotiates societal expectations of manhood, namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinities, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure. His performance practice, anchored by his work in Assembly—a diversion program for court-involved youth at the Brooklyn-based, arts nonprofit Recess—is participatory and invested in a process of embodiment.


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