2015/2014: BCA’s “Seeing It Through” Professional Development Series

Bronx Council on the Arts launched its “Seeing It Through” professional development series on November 6th, 2014 at its future headquarters in Westchester Square. The series included seven workshops, from November 6th to November 21st, created to improve BCA’s yearly BRIO awards submissions and to give Bronx artists and organization leaders the tools that could help them generate extra income. Admission to all workshops was free and all were welcome. Click here for workshop details.

2013: Creative Learning Academy

The Creative Learning Academy consisted of affordable and accessible workshops designed by BCA's Bronx Writers Center to develop skills and to explore interest in the arts. These single- and multiple-session workshops were part of the Hostos Community College Continuing Education Program in October 2013. Sessions were be taught by BCA’s BRIO award-winning artists and are designed to nourish the student’s creative voice. Writers of all levels were welcome. More…

2012: Bronx Council on the Arts’ 50th Anniversary Celebration Year

On December 12, 2012 the Bronx Council on the Arts celebrated 50 years of servicing artists and the general arts and cultural community marked by incredible achievements, an immense network of longtime and new friends and supporters, and a renewed sense of vision for the next 50 years. The Bronx’s own Baron Ambrosia of Bronx Flavor fame and star of the Cooking Channel’s The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia was our 50th Anniversary Ambassador. BCA marked the celebration with the 10th anniversary of the Bronx Culture Birthday Trolley held at our Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos College and featuring performances by BCA grantees and fellows Flaco Navaja and Milteri Tucker. More…

2011: BCA's First Applause Awards Highlights

Members of the arts community gathered at the Bronx Museum of the Arts on November 10, 2011 to celebrate both the past and the future of the arts in the Bronx when the Bronx Council on the Arts presented its first APPLAUSE Awards themed for “Women of Bronx Arts.” Festivities included a cocktail hour, dinner, an awards presentation, dance party and a silent auction. Click here for highlights…

2011: Bronx Write Bus

In the summer of 2011 the Bronx Write Bus was a free literary program for Bronx Youth ages 12-18 who were interested in writing and performance arts. Presented by the Bronx Council on the Arts’ Bronx Writers Center, the bus rode through New York City, exploring arts and culture and giving them the opportunity to meet a writer or performer who introduced them to humor, memoir, travel writing, playwriting and poetry on the ride to that day’s activity. On the way back, the group worked on a creative response that that was published and shared in an anthology. More...

2011: BCA Receives Arts & Business Council of New York Encore Award

The Bronx Council on the Arts 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 its future headquarters at 2700 East Tremont Avenue in the Westchester Square section of the Bronx. The wonderful tribute came as BCA entered its 50th year keeping arts & culture alive and flourishing in the Bronx. More…

2010: Creative Bronx! Black Book

The Creative Bronx! Black Book was a Bronx business directory, maintained by BCA, listing creative industry resources – businesses that are creative in nature and for-profit that often support culture. The Creative Bronx! Black Book promoted vetted art handlers certified through the BCA Development Corporation’s Art Handler Training Program, which provides back-office resources for museums and galleries,and bronxArtworks®, BCA’s artisan project, which linked local artisans to the marketplace. More…  


2010: BxIndie Artist Series

The BxIndie Artist Series was a year-long series that featured performances by some of the Bronx’s most talented artists. Click here for highlights of the series.

2009: CrossBronx

CrossBronx is the online literary journal of BCA’s Bronx Writers Center, created to showcase Bronx writers and as a resource for them. It is devoted to the development of writers, the literary community and the audience for literary programs in the Bronx. Click here for more.

2006: Creative Economy in the Bronx

We define the creative industry as those Bronx business entities, tradesmen and women, suppliers, and designers who support the production of art-related products and services as well as those who employ art and design in the creation of products. Our definition is broad in an effort to be inclusive. Recognizing the synergy between arts and entrepreneurship, creative individuals can be equipped with the “hard” business skills needed for successful enterprise development that will have ripple effects on the rest of the local economy. BCA can help. More…

2005-2008: Longwood Arts Project’s Digital Matrix Commission

From 2005 through 2008, the Digital Matrix Commissions Program served as a platform for artists working on web-based technology and interactive projects, providing funding to artists with a strong background and working practice in digital art. Using their technical expertise and artistic skills, they have the potential and vision to create innovative online and/or interactive projects focusing on the themes of survival and resistance, migration and race and gender politics. More….

2004: The Artisans Collective

The Artisans Collective was a program designed to provide earned income opportunities and training to Bronx artisans as well as underrepresented artisans of the Diaspora. It was our goal to cultivate a viable cultural and economic asset within our communities by providing these artists with marketing and valuable small business training. Through the Collective, we created a marketplace to sell their original products, and encourage entrepreneurial activities by this special group of craftspeople. We believe that artisans are artists and should be respected as such. The bronxArtworks™ brand served to illuminate the cultural richness of the Bronx, showcasing craft created by immigrant artisans living and working in the Bronx, is helping to build a following through more public exposure and presence in the marketplace. More...

2001-2010: South Bronx Cultural Corridor

In 2001, BCA designated a mile-long strip of the Grand Concourse as an area with a high concentration of cultural activity and branded it the South Bronx Cultural Corridor. It has been dubbed the “Gateway to the New Bronx” and demonstrates arts-based economic development in the South Bronx. BCA’s goals for the corridor – which includes Lincoln Avenue and the Bruckner Service Road up to 165th Street (north to south) and East River to the Harlem River (east to west) – were to attract visitors, increase commercial activity and engage the community in a variety of South Bronx cultural events. It includes light industry, residential, commercial businesses and major health and educational institutions as well as increasing numbers of artists, designers, artisans, arts organizations and more. More…

2000: Cultural Venture Fund

Piloted in the fall of 2000, this Cultural Venture Fund was a new arts entrepreneurial model focused on identifying and developing cultural assets – the existing resources and unique qualities of individual arts organizations – to create cultural ventures that build future capacity, growth, and stability. The CVF program philosophy guided and motivated our constituent arts groups toward making money with defined priorities, action plans, assigned responsibilities and timetables – standard measures for success. Free technical assistance was a central component of CVF and contributed to the financial stability of our constituents. More…

















Seeing It Through Workshop Series


Creative Learning Academy


BCA's 50th



Applause Awards Highlights


Bronx Write Bus


BCA Receives
Encore Award


Creative Bronx!
Black Book


BxIndie Artist Series




Creative Economy
in the Bronx

Digital Matrix Commission


Artisans Collective


South Bronx
Cultural Corridor


Cultural Venture Fund




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