NADA Presents: Recess Assembly
March 9, 4pm

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Presented with Recess.

Operating out of the Recess satellite space in Downtown Brooklyn, Assembly is at once a public storefront gallery and an artist-led diversion program for court-involved youth in partnership with Brooklyn Justice Initiatives. Assembly seeks to dismantle the dominant narratives of the “criminal” through a series of workshops designed by artists Melanie Crean, Sable Smith and Shaun Leonardo, in collaboration with individuals who are court-involved, formerly incarcerated, or otherwise affected by the criminal justice system. Through a curriculum based on visual storytelling, participants translate personal narratives into performance in order to replace a culturally embedded conception of criminality with new language so that the mind and body may think, feel, and move in a way not defined by their previous experience with arrest and incarceration.

Join artist and Assembly lead educator Shaun Leonardo, along with members of the program’s peer leadership group, for a public-participatory performance informed by the Assembly curriculum and co-created by our collaborators.

This performance will be documented and require audience involvement.


NADA Presents is a series of conversations, performances, and events during NADA New York showcasing unique voices in contemporary art and culture. Join us as they share the stage in an eclectic line-up of public programs.

NADA Presents is made possible with major support by Aspen Insurance, the insurance segment of Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited, which is a leading global (re)insurance company that offers coverage from 11 countries around the world.

NADA New York
March 8–11, 2018
Skylight Clarkson Sq

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