2017 Funded Projects



2017 Grant Recipients

Bronx Council on the Arts is thrilled to support the work of our

2017 Artist for Community, Arts Fund and Community Arts Grant recipients!

Each year BCA provides individual artists and organizations the opportunity to apply for funds to support grassroots and organizational community-centered arts and culture initiatives and projects. BCA Grants seek to foster the continuing development of local cultural resources, responsive to community needs.

These programs will take place between January and December of 2017. Most events are free or low cost and can be enjoyed by all generations! Please actively check the 2017 Funded Project Page and Bronx Arts Calendar for updates and details about how to participate in these projects!

For more information on the projects, contact the funded artist or organization. For information on BCA grants, contact Bryan E. Glover at

2017 Artist For Community (AFC)

4 Grantees


Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYCSA)

Recipient  Project Title
Francheska Alcantara Bridging Kingsbridge

Roland Guerrero Garinagu Project

Ahmed Tijay Mohammed Art in the mosque-SAY NO TO TERRORISM

Milteri Tucker CROWNS- The United Voices of the Bronx


2017 Community Arts Grant (CAG)
27 Grantees


Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYCSA)

Recipient  Project Title
Barbara Purdy A Concert Series For Seniors

Bombazo Dance Co., Inc. Bombazo Dance Company Drum and Dance Workshop Series

Bronx River Alliance, Inc. Community Creativity on the Bronx River

BronxWorks Those ‘70s Shows

City Island Historical Society The Art of the Bridge

City Island Theater Group Our Town

D3 Sports and Recreation, Inc. D3's Sensory Friendly Art Program arts and education, inc. Classical Music Series

Diversity in Arts and Nations for Cultural Education The 8th Annual South Bronx Folk Festival

FreshStart-Cultural Theatre Arts Productions, Inc. ( FreshStart ) The FreshStart Black Music History Performing Arts Series 2017

Friends of Pelham Bay Park The Bronx Native American Festival

I'RAISE Girls & Boys International Corporation I'RAISE Theater Programs

Hope of Israel Senior Citizens Center Poetry Workshop Series

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center KHCC Poetry and Music Enrichment

Mass Transit Street Theater Inc. Solid Ground: A Play about Landing on your Feet

Mi Gente! Latinx Music Festival Mi Gente! Latinx Music Festival in the Bronx, Second Year

Michele Brody CommuniTea Senior Thursdays

Miriam Sullivan aka Mimi Jones The D.O.M.E. Experience

Morsy The Bronx Music Garden

New Settlement Apartments Project V.I.P. (Voice, Identity, Power) for girls and young women

Pepatian Bronx Artist Spotlight 2017

Ruth Marshall Art in the Air

Serviam Arts Club Serviam Arts Club

Seyi Adebanjo I AM!

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy Barefoot Dancing

Woodlawn Conservancy, Inc. Woodlawn's Jazz Heritage Month April 2017

Young Urban Christians & Artists, Inc. (YUCA Arts) MAKE SPACE FOR THE ARTS

2017 Arts Fund

23 Grantees

Funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)

Recipient  Project Title
Ahmed Tijay Mohammed Art in the mosque -SAY NO TO TERRORISM

Barbara Purdy A Concert Series For Seniors

Bardekova Ensemble Bardekova Ensemble Concerts

Blanka Amezkua AAA3A arts and education, inc. Classical Music Series

Eileen Walsh, BX200 Professional Development for Visual Artists including WIX Website Creation

Elissa Carmona The Morrisania Band Concert Series

Full Circle Prod Inc Hip hop and House dance film/ performance event


Jeremy Warneke The Craft of War Writing

Leona Heyward-Hull/ The Bronx Intergenerational Theatre Ensemble "BITE" Historical Women

Linda Cunningham On the South Bronx Waterfront

Literary Freedom Project Bronx Book Fair

Millennium Dance Company Inc The Millennium Dance Compoany Annual Recital

Milteri Tucker Concepcion "CROWNS- The United Voices of the Bronx"

Morsy The Bronx Music Garden

Parkchester Chorus The Parkchester Chorus Spring and Winter Concerts 2017

Pedro Martinez AKA Ray Martinez Message From My Little Village

Revolutionary Roots of Capoeira Concepts Brazil to the Bronx

seyi adebanjo I AM!

The Bronx Concert Singers, Inc. Bronx Concert Singers 36th Season

The Orchestra of The Bronx Free Professional Orchestra Concerts at Lehman and Bronx Community Colleges

Uptown Vinyl Supreme Hip Hop Summer School


The Bronx Concert Singers, Inc.

Funded for: Bronx Concert Singers 36th Season

Funded by: Arts Fund Grant

Project Summary
Bronx Concert Singers, under the direction of Robert René Galván, will present two Choral concerts with professional soloists and orchestra for our 36th Season. Re-discover masterworks by Verdi, Mahler, Boito and Gounod in our SPRING concert. Includes Verdi's "Ave Maria" and "Stabat Mater" from Four Sacred Pieces, and "La Vergine degli Angeli" from his opera La Forza del Destino; Mahler's Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, arias from Gounod's Faust, and Boito's "Prologue in Heaven" from his opera "Mefistofele".
Event link for Brown Paper Tickets:
Our HOLIDAY concert is a joyous potpourri of international Holiday songs you'll want to share with friends and family: Spirituals, Irish and British tunes, Appalachian and Russian folk-songs, Traditional and contemporary classics, a Spanish lullaby, a Guatemalan Baroque carol, and selections by J.S. Bach.
Information at or 917-743-4641. Tickets General $20/ 2 for #35; Senior & Student $15; Children through HS $5.

Date & Time of Project:

SPRING 2017 CONCERT: Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
HOLIDAY 2017 CONCERT: Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Project Location Address:
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Parkchester)

1891 McGraw Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462.

In Parkchester, between White Plains Rd. and Metropolitan Ave


Ruth Marshall

Funded for: Art in the Air

Funded by: Community Arts Grant

Project Summary
The general public and community of Morris Park Library will create a woven, knitted, knotted, crocheted art installation that will be hung beneath the ceiling to enhance the library setting.

Date & Time of Project:

April 3, 11AM - 1PM. (First Monday of the month.)
April 13, 3PM - 5PM. (Second Thursday of the month.)
April 22, 1PM - 3PM. (Third Saturday of the month.)

Project Location Address:
Morris Park Library branch of New York Public Library

985 Morris Park Ave, Morris Park, 10462



Parkchester Chorus

Funded for: America The Beautiful - A Celebration of America's rich musical tapestry

Funded by: Arts Fund Grant

Project Summary
Parkchester Chorus presents its 77th Spring Concert: America the Beautiful - A Celebration of America;s rich musical tapestry featuring works by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Oscar Hammerstein II, Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein, Irving Berlin, Lee Greenwood and others.

Date & Time of Project:

May 21, 2017 at 4PM

Project Location Address:
First Lutheran Church at Throggs Neck

3075 Baisley Avenue Bronx, NY 10461



New Settlement

Funded for: Project V.I.P. (Voice, Identity, Power) for girls & young women

Funded by: Community Arts Grant

Project Summary
Based at New Settlement in the Southwest Bronx, PROJECT V.I.P. (Voice, Identity, Power) encourages girls aged 10-18 to express themselves and uncover their strengths through theater and dramatic writing, while deepening their knowledge of poetry and literature and building collaboration skills. The program combines formal performing arts training (improvisation, physical and vocal work, stagecraft) with the development of original creative work based on themes encountered in literature. By analyzing each written work and drawing connections to their own experience, participants gain a better understanding of the artistic process, explore the relationship between art and social justice, and develop the confidence to creatively express their own points of view. Project V.I.P. offers three sessions annually, in spring, summer and fall, and each ensemble performs their work for friends, family and community members.

Date & Time of Project:

Spring Session: January 23-May 22, with performances May 19th.
Summer Session: July 5-August 11, with performances August 9th.
Fall Session: September 19-December 19, with performances December 16th.

Project Location Address:
1525 Townsend Ave., Bronx NY 10452 (Mail to 1512 Townsend)



Funded for: Bronx Music Garden

Funded by: Arts Fund Grant & Community Arts Grant

Project Summary
The Bronx Music Garden is an annual artist collective and community outreach event that combines music entertainment and urban agriculture. This event will showcase remarkable talent from some of the best music artists in New York City, while at the same time inviting people to experience the wonders of urban gardening.

Expect to hear a wide array of upbeat musical dance selections by Bronx veteran DJ's Morsy & Nique, alongside the talented MC, Never Yet Contested and female R&B sensation ANE.

This years event will be hosted by DeWitt Clinton High School at their new outdoor garden campus. Sustainability Coordinator, Raymond Pultinas and his students will help demonstrate gardening techniques that can be done in any urban environment.

In addition this all free event will include a bunch of activities and free giveaways from the Green Arts Brigade crew, NYBG Bronx Green-Up, DeWitt Clinton team and More.

Date & Time of Project:

Friday May 5th. 4-8pm. (or Rain Date, Fri. May 12th)

Project Location Address:
DeWitt Clinton High School Campus

100 W Mosholu Pkwy S, Bronx, NY 10468



Michele Brody

Funded for: CommuniTea Senior Thursdays

Funded by: Community Arts Grant

Project Summary
CommuniTea Senior Thursdays is a series of four multi-disciplinary art events centered on the drinking and sharing of tea at The Bronx Museum of the Arts in May, in celebration of Older Americans Month. Led by Bronx-based artist Michele Brody, this program brings together senior participants from diverse backgrounds with a variety of collaborating artists to share tea, healthy meals, stories, and collaborative arts-based activities.

The series is uniquely both cumulative and can exist as individual programs, should visitors only join for one event. All events will include a free tour of Museum exhibitions.

Date & Time of Project:

May 4 - Introduction to the CommuniTea with Documentary Videos and Latkes.
May 11 - Interactive Poetry writing paired with Pastelón.
May 18 - Collaborative Vocal interpretation of group poem created the week before in conjunction with a tea custom from Senegal.
May 25 - Culminating Dance performance to group created poem and song ending with a Korean Tea Ceremony.

Project Location Address:
The Bronx Museum of the Arts

1040 Grand Concourse



Mass Transit Street Theater Inc.

Funded for: Solid Ground: A Play about Landing on your Feet

Funded by: Community Arts Grant

Project Summary
"Solid Ground: A Play about Landing on your Feet" is based on true stories of teens growing up in NYC. Using music, dance, and poetry, it takes on the issues of drug addiction, domestic abuse, homophobia, and relationship violence while celebrating the power of friendship, creativity and community.
Over the past 7 years, we have reached thousands of middle and high school students with "Solid Ground".
Each performance is followed by a “talk back” between actor/authors and audience members.
In the words of playwright and author, John Jiler, who attended one of our performances,
“I walked into this shattering, transformative, exhilarating play. It was just as thrilling to watch the audience of the few hundred public middle and high school kids. This wasn’t just theatre with the potential to change lives; it ACTUALLY changed lives, right before our eyes."

Date & Time of Project:

10am and 12noon performances on:
Tuesday, May 23rd
Wednesday, May 24th
Thursday, May 25th

Project Location Address:
The Point CDC

940 Garrison Ave. Bronx, NY


Ivan Velez


Funded by: Arts Fund Grant

Project Summary
COMIC CULTURE 2017 takes the easily digested art forms of cartooning and manga to teach cultural awareness, tolerance, as well as critical thinking. Important skill sets such as research, drawing, writing, and designing are built into the program that features instruction from industry professional Ivan Velez, and other international artists and cartoonist. Classes serve all ages from 1st graders to late teens, and will include, for the first time, an adult class to be taught later this Spring.

Date & Time of Project:

COMIC CULTURE 2017: HEROES VS MONSTERS begins on March 18th at The Bronx Museum Of The Arts.

Saturdays: March to June 2017
There'll be 3 different classes for different age groups. All classes will meet 7 times.

Starts March 18th at 11am
This will focus on the basic skills of drawing and storytelling using classic myths and fairy tales as a touchstone.

Starts March 18th at 1pm
Will feature more skill-building as well as an investigation of what makes a hero in the past and in these multicultural modern times.

COMIC CULTURE: HERO : teens 13 to 19
begins on May 13th at 1pm. will break down how the heroes and monsters of diverse cultures have in common and are different, as they create their own personal take on the heroic myth.

All art supplies are provided free of charge, and will feature guest professional cartoonists, lots of anime, and live drawing sessions.

you can register your kid at or call 347 427-7553 and leave your kid's info.

Project Location Address:
Bronx Museum of the Arts

1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY , 10456





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This New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) decentralization grant provides direct support for arts and cultural projects developed and/or sponsored by Bronx arts organizations and community-based organizations. These activities may include workshops/classes, performances, arts exhibitions, special one-day events, multi-discipline collaborations, and public access programming whose central focus is the arts. Examples of the types of costs covered by this grant include but are not limited to: artist fees, supplies, equipment rental, marketing and publicity costs related to the specific activity. Individual artists can apply through an organizational conduit based in the County. All activities must serve County residents and be open to the general public. Matching funds are required.




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