Recess creates opportunities for artists to work in a public setting, initiating partnerships among artists and audiences. By welcoming radical thinkers to take risks as they address complex questions in real time with their public, Recess defines and advances the possibilities of contemporary creative practice.
Assembly is a nine-month pilot program operating from the Recess satellite space in Downtown Brooklyn. To expand upon their mission to connect artists and the public, 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.