Grant Amount: $3,000

Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) provides direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. BCA awards 25 BRIO grants of $3,000 to Bronx artists each year. BRIO award winners complete a one-time public service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE). This activity is an essential component for all BRIO recipients and must be performed within the one-year period of their award. The ACE provides artists with additional visibility and demonstrates to the community the wealth of artistic talent available in our borough. The awards are based solely on artistic excellence. Winners are selected by a panel of arts professionals representing the award disciplines.

Since its inception in 1989, BRIO has provided more than $1,080,000.00 to 360 artists. The selection of the awardees are based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted and judged anonymously by a panel of art professionals (different panelists each year) from outside the Bronx and working in each respective field. Over the years, BRIO has grown from ten annual awards of $1500 to 25 annual awards of $3,000. The Bronx has the unique distinction of being the only borough in New York City to have an ongoing fellowship award for artists of this kind.

2017 BRIO

APPLICATION OPENS: Monday, October 3rd, 2016

DEADLINE: Friday, December 9th, 2016

"How to Apply" Workshops / Professional Development

Stay Tuned - more BRIO How to apply dates coming soon!

Monday  |  June 6  |  6:00-8:00pm
Thursday |  July 7 |  6:00-9:00pm

Resume & CV Writing Workshop For Artists

Professional Development with PREP Consulting


305 E 140th St, Bronx, NY 10454

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

How To Apply/ Developing A Community Engaged Project

How to Apply for Artist For Community Grant & Professional Development
with Traci Molloy

6pm-8pm: Artist For Community Grant Review
8pm-9pm: Professional Development

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
3101 Kingsbridge Terrace, Bronx, NY 10463

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Thursday |  June 9 |  6:00-9:00pm
Saturday |  July 9 |  2:00-4:00pm

How To Apply/ Writing An Artist Statement

for your Proposal

How to Apply for Arts Fund & Professional Developmentwith 2016 Arts Fund and Artist for Community Grantee Sajata Epps

6pm-8pm: Arts Fund Grant Review
8pm-9pm: Professional Development


2474 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY 10461

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Developing a Community Engaged Project/Artist Impact

Professional Development with Shellyne Rodriguez for Developing A Community Engaged Project/Artist Impact.

Poe Park Visitor Center
2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Saturday |  June 18 |  11:00am-2:00pm
Monday |  July 18 |  3:45-6:45pm

How To Apply/ Developing Your Creative Concept

How to Apply for Community Arts Grant & Professional Development with 2014 BRIO and 2015 Arts Fund Grantee Orlando Ferrand

11am-1pm: Community Arts Grant Review

1pm-2pm: Professional Development

Mind Builders

3415 Olinville Ave, Bronx, NY 10467

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

How To Apply/ Developing Your Project Budget

How to Apply for Community Arts Grant & Professional Development with PREP Consulting

3:45pm-5:45pm: Community Arts Grant Review
5:45pm-6:45pm: Professional Development

Baychester Library
2049 Asch Loop, Bronx, NY 10475

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Tuesday |  June 21 |  4:00-7:00pm
Monday |  October 3 |  5:00-8:00pm

How To Apply/ Developing Your Proposal Narrative

How to Apply for Arts Fund Grant & Professional Development with Bronx Writers Center Director, Charlie Vázquez

4pm-6pm: Arts Fund Grant Review

6pm-7pm: Professional Development

Morrisania Branch Library

610 E 169th St, Bronx, NY 10456

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

How To Apply | All BCA Grants
with Lydia Clark and Dalaeja Foreman

Please join us for a “How To Apply” session for the Community Arts Grant (NYSCA), Artist For Community (NYSCA), Arts Fund Grant (DCLA) and Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO)(DCLA). Facilitated by BCA BRIO Administrator Art Services Coordinator and Director of the Art Handler Trading Program, Lydia Clark and BCA Grants Administrator, Dalaeja Foreman.

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.

Check Out Other BCA Grant Opportunities!

Bronx Recognizes Its Own

2016 BRIO Winners

25 winners of BCA's prestigious BRIO Award were recognized at the
June 1st award presentation at
BCA's Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos.

Bronx Council on the Arts Congratulates the
2016 Winners of Bronx Recognizes Its Own.

Literary Arts

Dominic Colon, Screenwriting

Alison Koffler, Poetry

Sarah Stern, Poetry

Court Wayne, Fiction

Maryrose Wood, Fiction


Media Arts

Richard Grunn, Experimental Film/Video

Ursula Liang, Documentary Film / Video

Emmitt Thrower, Documentary Film/ Video

Performing Arts

Davi Davis, Choreography

Laura Kaminsky, Music Composition

Gregory Lathan, Music Composition

Alethea Pace, Dance

Rock Wilk, Acting

Visual Arts

Alison Collins, Installation Art

Linda Cunningham, Mixed Media 3D

Donna Diamond, Drawing

Martine Fougeron, Photography

Ivan Gaete, Mixed media 2D

Jocelyne Jeannot, Photography

Jessica Lagunas, Artist Book

Aristides Logothetis, Sculpture

Jonathan Santiago, Photography

Roy Secord, Painting

Jennifer Tomaiolo, Painting

Misra Walker, Photography

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Bronx Artist Documentary Project
Art Book
The Bronx Artist Documentary Project Art Book is a borough-wide collaborative endeavor involving 30 Bronx photographers documenting 80 Bronx visual artists at work in their studios or other Bronx venues. The BXADP contains 272 full-color pages with an introduction by artist and eight-time BCA BRIO winner Daniel Hauben, a forward by photographer Mike Kamber and a special dedication to the Bronx Council on the Arts.

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