A project of  BCA's Longwood Arts Project




February 3 through May 4, 2016


Click here for a listing of BRONX:AFRICA Public Programs
February 17 - May 4, 2016


The BRONX:AFRICA exhibit (#BronxAfrica) features contemporary art across disciplines along with Program Ambassador events around the Bronx and beyond. Our borough is home to major and still growing populations from various countries
in Africa. Their vital presence influences and transforms our city.
BRONX:AFRICA is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the art, expressions and influences of African cultures, and their impact on the arts as nationals mix and infuse. BRONX:AFRICA celebrates the influence of contemporary African cultures that strengthens and connects us with the many peoples of African descent, the diaspora, mixed heritage and migration-dispersion that call the Bronx home.

Artists in the Gallery

Seyi Adebanjo

Olaniyi Akindiya

Kenneth Anderson

Laylah Amatullah Barrayn

Howard T. Cash

Elvira Clayton

Dennis RedMoon Darkeem

Lisa DuBois

Nicky Enright

Ray Felix

Janet Goldner

Ijeoma D. Iheanacho

Imo Imeh

Hakim Mutlaq Inniss

Natasha Johnson

Ahmed Tijay Mohammed

Nontsikelelo Mutiti

Ibou Ndoye

Eric Orr

Eto Otitigbe

Thurston Randall

Ibrahima Thiam

Osaretin Ugiagbe

Misra Walker

Tammy Wofsey

Online Display

LeRonn P. Brooks, Exhibition Curator

Atim Oton, Curator of Community Engagement

Juanita Lanzo, Longwood Art Gallery Director

Deirdre Scott, Executive Director, Bronx Council on the Arts


The Curatorial Team

LeRonn Phillip Brooks, Ph.D. is a curator, lecturer and professor of African and African American studies and art history at Lehman College/CUNY and New York University. Dr Brooks is host of Web TV’s Culture Context.

Atim Annette Oton is a Nigerian-born, American and British educated designer. She is the co-owner of Calabar Imports, a 10-year old Brooklyn retail business and the founder of the Creative Side. a co-founder of Black Design News Network and past Huffington Post Black Voices Blogger (she created the series) and of The Pulse of Africa. She writes about Global Africans working in Africa and across the Diaspora and giving an inside view on Africa’s progress, issues on arts and culture, technology and opportunities.

Juanita Lanzo, Longwood Art Gallery Director joined Longwood Arts Project, the visual arts program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, in 2005 as Program Coordinator. She was named Director and Curator in 2008 and has since organized over 40 solo and group exhibitions with hundreds of visual artists and guest curators. These exhibitions focused on gender and race politics, urban and popular culture, migration and the environment artworks created by emerging artists of color and curators. She has served as a panelist for the MTA Arts for Transit, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs’ Percent for Arts Program, Center for the Book Arts and Lower East Side Printshop. Ms. Lanzo is a visual artist who graduated from NYC’s City College/CUNY (2005 MFA) and University of Puerto Rico (1996 BFA) in printmaking, painting and drawing.

PUBLIC PROGRAMMING at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos

Wednesday February 17: 5:45-8:00pm

BRONX:AFRICA Panel Discussion - African Fashion, Textiles and Hair

  • 6:00pm: African Fashion and Textiles with Sudie Nallo, International Coalition of African Fashion and Catherine McKinley, author, Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World. Moderated by Atim Annette Oton.
  • 7:00pm: African Hair Roots: Black Hair in Art, and Identity with panelists Ijeoma D. Ihenacho and Nontsikelelo Mutiti. Moderated by LeRonn P. Brooks, curator.

          RSVP is required to attend.

Saturday, February 27: 12:00-3:00pm

Hostos Community College Computer Lab, Room C592

BRONX:AFRICA Afroccrowd Editathon hosted by LeRonn P. Brooks, curator.

  • The Bronx Council on the Arts, working with the AfroCROWD initiative, is hosting a
    Black Life Matters Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday February 27, 2016 as part of the BRONX:AFRICA exhibition at Longwood Gallery, to contribute to articles on Wikipedia for the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign. The event will focus on Black
    and African History as part of #BRONX AFRICA.
    RSVP is required to attend.
    Please note that seating is extremely limited.
    Please do not RSVP unless you are definitely attending.

    No food or beverages allowed in the computer lab.

Wednesday, March 2: 6:00-8:00pm

BRONX:AFRICA Exhibition + First Wednesday Bronx Culture Trolley

Gallery Talk

  • BRONX:AFRICA artists discuss and explore their photography/work in the US and
    Africa. Artists include Laylah Barrayn (Senegal), Janet Goldner (Mali) and Howard T.
    Cash (West Africa). Osaretin Ugiagbe (Nigeria). Moderated by Atim Annette Oton, curator of public programming.

Wednesday, March 16: 6:00-7:00pm

Bronx:Africa Panel Discussion

  • African Spirituality and Death with Dowoti Desir, Manbo Asogwe; Elvira Clayton, artist; and Seyi Adebanjo, artist. Moderated by Atim Annette Oton, curator of public programming.

          RSVP is required to attend.

Wednesday, April 6: 5:00-9:00pm 

BRONX:AFRICA Exhibition + First Wednesday Bronx Culture Trolley

  • 6:00pm: African Food Tasting & Ingredients with Papaye, Patina & Fouta Restaurants
    in the Bronx.
  • 7:00pm: African Food Ingredients Interactive: Bring your language to the food table. Hosted by Atim Annette Oton, curator of public programming.

Friday, April 22: 6:00-8:00pm

Bronx:Africa Poetry Town Hall Tour

  • Ghanaian-born Rachel Ansong, 2015 BRIO Award winner for poetry, will read from her award-winning work and will be joined by Gambian-born Muhamadou Salieu Suso, a musician/historian who will perform on the traditional stringed kora. Their presentations will be followed by a town hall-style community discussion on immigration and identity, as part of Bronx Council on the Arts’ Bronx:Africa exhibit and programs. This is the first in a new series of six upcoming poetry town halls supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. RSVP is required to attend.

Friday, April 29: 6:00-8:00pm

Reclaiming our Narratives: A Conversation with Nigerian Journalist Chike Frankie Edozien – as part of PEN World Voices

  • Bred in Lagos, Nigeria, Chike Frankie Edozien grew up to become a journalist and contributed to the 2016 Commonwealth Foundation Creative Nonfiction Anthology. He’s working on a memoir and has traveled the world reporting on HIV/AIDS, particularly as affects Africans. A 2008 Kaiser Foundation fellow for Global Health Reporting, he’ll discuss his work as part of Bronx Council on the Arts’ Bronx:Africa exhibit and programs. RSVP is required to attend.

Wednesday, May 4: 5:00-9:00pm

Closing Reception for BRONX:AFRICA + First Wednesday Bronx Culture Trolley

6:00pm: What is African Art Today? with LeRonn P. Brooks, curator; Atim Annette Oton, curator of public programming; and Deirdre Scott, executive director of the Bronx Council on the Arts.


Elvira Clayton, Dioko, 2015 Eric Orr, Max Robot Mask Lisa DuBois, Traditional Tribal costumes
Howard T. Cash, President Shehu Shagari Colonel Muammar Gaddafi
Thurston Randall, Four Warriors
Eto Otitigbe, Ascension or Dude Ascending Staircase, 2011

Stay Connected with BRONX:AFRICA

Please use the hashtag #BronxAfrica and share your art, stories, thoughts and photos on social media!
Tell us how the arts can communicate, connect and transform lives.



02/18/16 Radio Africa Magazine

La cultura africana en el Bronx

01/28/16 Riverdale Press
Show explores borough’s ties to Africa

01/24/16 Daily News
Longwood Arts Project celebrates Africa

01/22/16 Bronx Times Reporter
Bronx Trolley Returns (includes Bronx:Africa)

12/25/15 Bronx Times Reporter

12/21/15 Face2Face Africa


Submit your BRONX:AFRICA
related event here!


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Events from #BronxAfrica Program Ambassadors:
Bronx:Africa - Do you Know?....

The United Nations has declared the International Decade for People of African Descent - 2015 -2025

Over 200 million people identifying themselves as being of African descent live in the Americas. Many millions more live in other parts of the world, outside of the African continent. The promotion and protection of human rights of people of African descent has been a priority concern for the United Nations. 

Learn more here


Art Elsewhere - See this!

"Market Symphony” A new audio installation by Nigerian sound and video artistEmeka Ogboh, the city is his palette — his symphony of sound and his compositions whisk listeners to another time and place. Now on display at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. The exhibition layers of sound from a market in Lagos, Nigeria. The image below shows speakers installed on enamelware trays which are often used in markets.


Nontsikelelo Mutiti

Detail from video “Pain Revisited”. 

Pain Revisited project is a collaboration with Dyani Douze


Stay Connected with BRONX:AFRICA

Please use the hashtag #BronxAfrica and share your art, stories, thoughts and photos on social media!


Join us

as a sponsor or program associate

Visit Bronx:Africa Program Ambassador sitesfor information and events scheduled during the run of the show.

Community Partners and
Program Ambassadors

(list in formation)

AfroBeat Radio


Black Star News

Bronx Documentary Center

Bronx Library Center, NYPL

Bronx Museum of the Arts

Bronx Music Heritage Center

Bronx Tourism Council

Calabar Imports, Harlem

Caribbean Cultural Center - CCCADI

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture

Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center

PEN America – PEN World Voices

Pregones Theater PRTT

Tikhonova & Wintner Fine Art, Harlem

Westchester Square BID


Lambent Foundation Fund

Lilly Auchincloss Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts
NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

NY Council for the Humanities

NYS Council on the Arts

Ex Officio

Congressman José E. Serrano

NYS Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

NYC Councilman Fernando Cabrera

NYC Councilman Andrew Cohen

NYC Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson

NYC Councilman James Vacca

Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz Jr.


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