BCA and JPMorgan Chase:

2011 encore award winners




The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) was among the 2011 Arts & Business Council of New York's Encore Award winners for its Arts & Business Partnership with JPMorgan Chase, whose generous donation gave BCA a new headquarters at 2700 East Tremont Avenue in the Westchester Square section of the Bronx. The wonderful tribute came as BCA enters its 50th year keeping arts & culture alive and flourishing in the Bronx.

At left, Bob Lynch, Ex Officio, Americans for the Arts, introduces
the Bronx Council on the Arts as a 2011 Encore Award Winner at
the 46th Annual Encore Awards presentation ceremony at the Riverside Theatre in NYC on May 24th.





Bronx Council on the Arts & Chase


With its recent gift of a former bank building to the Bronx Council on the Arts, Chase demonstrates leadership and vision for a revitalized arts and cultural community in the Bronx. For many years, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation has been an exemplary corporate citizen that has supported arts, culture and commerce in the Bronx and beyond. On April 4, 2011, Mayor Bloomberg presided at a press conference announcing that through the strategic and philanthropic support of JPMorgan Chase, a former Washington Mutual bank branch is to become BCA’s new headquarters that will serve as a vital anchor for the revitalized Westchester Square business district in the Bronx. BCA has leveraged this gift to develop collaborations with the Westchester Square community, the Westchester Square Merchant’s Association, local businesses and local artists. This creative and lasting support provides a model for growing and sustaining communities by spotlighting the arts and their role as economic catalysts.


Bob Lynch, Ex Officio, Americans for the Arts, reads the Bronx Borough President's proclamation to BCA and Chase while BCA Executive Director Deirdre Scott (l.) and Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne, VP JPMorgan Chase Foundation, look on.

BCA Executive Director Deirdre Scott thanks Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne and JPMorgan Chase for supporting BCA, its programs and especially for their generous gift of the former Washington Mutual building as BCA's future home in Westchester Square.


Deirdre Scott and Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne stand with
Bob Lynch as they proudly display their 2011 Encore award.

Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director of the Arts & Business Council of New York (c.) stands with the 2011 Encore Awardees.


Deirdre Scott and Will Maitland Weiss (l.) and BCA Board Member Anthony D. Meyers; John Bonizio, Metro Optics and the Westchester Square Merchants Association with Ms. Scott enjoy the reception after the awards presentation. Photos by Marisol Diaz.




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