Our Stories Are Bigger than Our Cases (2016)

Brooklyn Commons

Opened by District Attorney Eric Gonzales

Our Stories Are Bigger Than Our Cases was the first public exhibition of participants’ 1-Day artworks outside of the court-room.

Our Stories  had participatory art project component. Criminal justice guests were invited by the graduating class to have their portraits taken by YNY participants. The photographs were then printed, and guests collage their own aspirational self-portraits with images that represent their future goals and hopes for themselves and for the criminal justice system—just as the young New Yorkers did in the YNY diversion program.

The exhibition had a record attendance from high-level criminal justice partners reflecting on YNY’s increased credibility and by-in with the local criminal justice system. YNY has become a go-to sentencing option in Brooklyn.  


W/ YNY 8-Week Arts Diversion participants