the creative economy in the bronx
South Bronx Cultural Corridor: A Creative Economy
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.
The Bronx is changing and evolving. BCA focuses on place based art related economic development to increase access to arts and artists, build sustainable relationships among the many different sector of the Bronx community and make connections that work. We understand that in the midst of all the growth and change in the South Bronx, artists and arts organizations continue to face two basic economic development problems – on the demand side potential consumers often lack information about the quantity and quality of products and on the supply side, artists and arts organizations may not have resources to take advantage of the market opportunities. BCA helps to generate income and investment through staging creative connections between arts/artists the community at large and the market place.
Underground Music Studios opened on January 1st 2010 at 1728 Eastchester Road in the northeast section of the Bronx. The space sees 5-10 bands a week and draws musicians locally as well as from the West Bronx, Washington Heights, and the Fordham areas. All kinds of bands and groups stop by - hip hop, metal, established Latin bands, and there is even a youth music program being run in the space. Dave Rosa, one of the business partners, says that they saw an opportunity and took it - the space, literally underground, was used as a music studio for a number of years until the previous owner left. There are two uses of the space: two hourly rental rooms, open in the evening, are equipped with drums, amps, mixers, and also monthly rental rooms, which come with 24 hour access - five of six rooms are rented. For more info, visit the website, undergroundmusicstudios.net
Stephen Wallis opens a door and leads visitors into a deep warehouse space, crammed with furniture. As we walk around the floor he points out particular pieces of furniture and names them, and talk a little bit about each. Then he takes visitors upstairs to his office - and a whole other floor. There’s even more shelves of modern and contemporary furniture here, awaiting rental for photo shoots, films, special events, and home showings.
A former commercial photographer, Stephen started his prop rental business with a storage unit in Chelsea in the early 2000s. His photo skills and web savvy have been handy; people shopping for props don’t need to visit his warehouse to see what he’s got - he has it all nicely photographically catalogued online, which makes shopping easier than at the old-fashioned prop rental houses downtown. The business lets him do something he loves – researching and collecting interesting furniture. modprop.com is listed with the Creative Bronx! Black Book.For rent: ORANGE GLOSSY NESTING TABLES and an orange lamp at modprop.com
Emerging jewelry artist Elizabeth Ortiz has admired the work of Calder for many years. She recently began a series of innovatively designed mobiles inspired by the work of Calder, handcrafted with metal, using sterling silver, aluminum, stainless steel, copper, and enamel. Two from the series, Hip 2 B Square, were placed with the bronxArtworks label at the Bronx Museum Gift Shop. Elizabeth has been an active member of the Artisans Initiative.
Image: Full Moon Rising, Elizabeth Ortiz, 2007
Marisol Diaz (pictured), freelances for news organizations including the Associated Press, El Diario la Prensa, The Bronx Times, Norwood News, and Bronx Net; local arts organizations The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD), and the Bronx Opera Company, as well as corporate clients such as Coca-Cola, Montefiore Hospital, the New York Mets, and Salsa Catering. Marisol Diaz’s photography services are listed with the Creative Bronx! Black Book.
Denisse and Enrique Cruz (pictured), specialize in custom furniture upholstery antique furniture re-upholstery, drapes at customers request, plus other commercial work, including custom made slip covers, wall upholstery and throw pillows. Custom Design Studio has been in business for 18 years. New York magazine wrote in 2005 that "Custom Design Studio may be the best-kept secret in the trade." Custom Design Studio is regularly listed in programs for BCA’s First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley and in the Creative Bronx! Black Book.
A E Art Canvas Priming
Angel De la Cruz (pictured) operates a factory dedicated to preparing custom canvases for artists. Angel and his three full-time employees stretch and prime specialty canvases of all sizes that are sold through custom orders at art supply stores and also to individual artists. A E Art Canvas Priming is listed in the Creative Bronx! Black Book.
Sterling Frames, Inc.
In addition to custom framing for artists, private collections and galleries, Sterling Frames specializes in gold and silver leaf gilding and antique frame restoration. Luis Sterling (pictured) recently relocated his business to the Bronx from Long Island City, and has been in business for twenty years. Sterling Frames, Inc. is listed in the Creative Bronx! Black Book.
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This program is made possible with funding from the Bronx Empowerment Zone, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Bronx Delegation of the City Council, State Senator Jose M Serrano, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.
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