Thursday, October 10, 2013

Young New Yorkers Hosts Second Annual Silent Art Auction - Build Your Collection & Support Youth Here!

Arts-Based Restorative Justice Program Invites All to Enjoy a Night of Art and Music to Raise Funds to Ensure Its Continued Success

Get ready to build your art collection and help the cities youth!  An art event you don't want to miss takes place in less than a week with a stellar group of international and local artists who've donated to the project.

Young New Yorkers (“YNY”), an arts-based restorative justice program for 16- and 17-year-olds with open criminal cases, is hosting its second annual Silent Art Auction on Wed. Oct. 16, 2013, 6-10 p.m., at the Allegra La Viola Gallery (179 East Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10002).  The auction will feature works from renowned visual artists such as Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Stephen ESPO Powers, Anthony Lister, Steven Holl, and many more.  Cosmo Baker, legendary New York DJ, will entertain the crowd with a live set.  Tickets are $40 at the door, and include food, drinks, and an unforgettable evening of art and fun.
Last year’s inaugural Silent Art Auction funded YNY’s pilot program.   The program offers 16- and 17-year-old teenagers, who are charged as adults under New York law, a positive alternative to incarceration.  Successful graduates of the program not only learn restraint, empathy, and compassion, but also often have their charges dismissed and sealed.  This allows these young teens to live an adult life unencumbered by a criminal record.  100% of the initial participants graduated, underscoring the program’s efficacy.

  Young New Yorkers Silent Art Auction is supported by Brooklyn Defender Services, Allegra La Viola Gallery, Six Point Brewery, Art Now NY and Scratch DJ Academy. 

Purchase tickets at  Peruse the art and place a bid at  View a complete artist listing, and learn more about YNY, at  

Here's a list of even more artists participating: Ariana Barat, Aliza Nisenbaum, ASVP, Alice Mizrachi, Alice Pasquini, Anthony Lister, A Squid Called Sebastian, Axel Void, Beau Stanton, Bishop 203, Cake, Chris Stain, ColWallnuts, COST, Darnell Scott, El sol 25, Elian, Elle Deadsex, ENX, Enzo & Nio, Stephen ESPO Powers, Essam, Ever, Fran Friday, Fkdl, Gaia, Gilf!, Hanksy, Hellbent, Hot Tea, Icy & Sot, Jamie Kimak, Jeremy Willis, Jesse Hazelip, Jill Cohen, Jilly Balistic, Joe Iurato, Jon Burgerman, Jonathan Rosen, Leon Reid IV, Lunar New Year, Logan Hicks, Mata Ruda, Nanook, Nathan Pickett, ND'A, Nether, Never 2501, Nosego, Olek, Pastel, Pixel Pancho, ROA, Robots Will Kill, Rodolfo Diaz, Rubin 415, Sean Lugo, See One, She One, Shepard Fairey, Sonnito, Steven Holl, Swoon, Tom Smith, Trek Mathews, UR New York, Vahge, Vexta, Yulia Pinkusevich, Xam Bot.

The Silent Art Auction
Lenny Correa, a.k.a. Lunar New Year, the Auction’s curator, has assembled work from more than 60 of New York’s most daring artists.  He stated that he felt a particularly deep connection with YNY, considering “[his] practice as part of a generational tradition that was born as a form of protest: when the young and disenfranchised started scrawling their names on trains and walls, thus becoming visible to the city.”  Further, he noted that YNY, “at its core, takes a similar approach and aims to make these individual voices heard by all of us.”

YNY co-founder and Executive Director Rachel Barnard praised the artists who have contributed their work and time to the Auction.  She noted that the arts-based nature of the program “is something that resonates with many of our contributing artists, some of whom started their art practice as graffiti artists and were arrested as teenagers.”
For more information, contact Rachel Barnard, YNY’s Executive Director, at