Please join us for our current exhibition
BRONX:AFRICA on view Feb 3 - May 4, 2016


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Bronx Artist Documentary Project
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at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
BRONX:AFRICA features contemporary art across disciplines along with special events throughout the Bronx and beyond. Our borough is home to major and still growing populations from across Africa. This 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 as nationals mix and infuse. BRONX:AFRICA explores and celebrates the influence of contemporary African cultures in the Bronx and reinforces connections among the many peoples of African descent, he diaspora, mixed heritage and migration-dispersion that call the Bronx home. More...
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Public Programming at the Gallery!


Panel Discussion

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

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 exhibition curator LeRonn P. Brooks.

Bronx Writers Center

Saturday | February 20, 2016
Separating Playwriting as a Medium
with 2015 BRIO Winner Antoinette Mullens
12:00-2:00pm | Bronx Library Center

BRIO winner for playwriting, theater professional Antoinette Mullins, hosts this comprehensive two-hour workshop that focuses on determining whether your story idea is best suited for the stage or not and the techniques necessary for developing it to its fullest dramatic potential if it is. Character development, maximizing the power of the dramatic question and finding your voice as a writer will all be discussed. Writers of all genres and forms are encouraged to participate. Flyer.   RSVP here.

Free Family Craft Workshops at Huntington Free Library
Third Saturday of the Month through May 2016

February 20, 2016 | 12:30-3:00pm
Huntington Free Library

Drawing with Pastels
with Stephanie Rodriguez

Join Stephanie Rodriguez for an afternoon of drawing funky looking buildings and patterns using different color pastels. RSVP here.

Workshop Flyer.
Complete workshop schedule


BRONX:AFRICA Programming continues at the Gallery!

Saturday | February 27 | 12:00-3:00pm

BRONX:AFRICA Afrocrowd Editathon
hosted by exhibition curator Leronn P. Brooks.

BCA, working with the AfroCROWD initiative, is hosting a Black Life Matters Wikipedia Edit-a-thon as part of the BRONX:AFRICA exhibition at Longwood Art 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.

You must RSVP here to attend. Please note that seating is extremely limited so please do not RSVP unless you are definitely attending.

Black History Month Performace by BRIO Winner Tyrone Birkett

on Monday, February 29th at the Parkchester Library

Tyrone Birkett, saxophonist, composer, producer and 2015 BRIO winner for instrumental music performance, presents "Music of the Civil Rights Movement and Beyond", a Special Black History Month Performance at the Parkchester Library, 2:00-3:00pm on Monday, February 29th.

Admission is free! All are welcome! 

Flyer.  RSVP.

BRONX:AFRICA Opens at Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
The BRONX:AFRICA exhibition enjoyed a successful opening this week with an intimate crowd who gathered for the February 2nd press preview/VIP reception (upper left) and hundreds of visitors kicked off the opening night reception on February 3rd (right). Some of the exhibiting artists stood proudly for their photo opp (bottom left) before the room filled up.

Pictured above left (l. to r.): Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Kenny Anderson, Elvira Clayton, Misra Walker, Osaretin Ugiagbe, Thurston Randall, Lisa DuBois, Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Janet Goldner, Howard T. Cash, Imo Imeh, Eto Otigtibe, Ibou Ndoye, and Ijeoma D. Iheanacho. Photo: Marisol Diaz
Bronx Trolley First Wednesday Arts & Culture Tour


The First Wednesday Trolley
returns on March 2nd

Details will be posted shortly.


2016 BCA Arts Fund, CAG and SU-CASA Applicants

Note: Awardees will be announced for BCA's 2016 Arts Fund and Community Arts Grant in mid-to-late February. To our SU-CASA applicants, awardees will be announced as soon as we are given the go-ahead from the funding source.

BRONX:AFRICA at Longwood Art Gallery

A Project of the Bronx Council on the Arts

BRONX:AFRICA is a four-month celebration of Africa and the Diaspora, featuring contemporary art across disciplines, along with special events around the Bronx and beyond. More;;
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


How can you or your organization be part of
Bronx Africa?

Become a Program Ambassador!

  • Contact BCA with the details of your event such as: Event title or theme, program date(s), featured artists and a brief blurb.
  • Enter the dates and details on the Bronx Africa Calendar - Please give us 24 to 48 hours to add your event to the calendar. Events will be added upon approval.
  • Share your event(s) and Bronx:Africa with your audiences, constituents and press.
  • Social Media - Use hashtag #BronxAfrica to share via social media such as FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For further information:

Join us on Wednesday, February 3rd at 5:30 PM to celebrate the exhibition!

BRIO Winners in the News

Davalois Fearon (12/18/15)

Nahshon Ratcliff (12/11/15)

Nahshon Ratcliff (10/29/15)

April Armstrong (09/03/15)

Igor Begelman (08/20/15)

Ilana Davidson (08/20/15)

Steven Lubin (08/20/15)

Davalois Fearon (08/16/15)

Tamara Cashour (07/23/15)

Penny Prince (07/23/15)

BCA CALL Artist Xenobia Bailey's art a permanent feature at new NYC MTA
Hudson Yards Subway Station (No. 7 train) 

BCA CALL Artist Xenobia Bailey's “Funktional Vibratons” is a highlight of the new NYC subway station at 34 Street – Hudson Yards. Her majestic mosaics are suspended above the main entrance and feature overlapping mandala-like circles and patterns against a cobalt blue background.

Nov 12th PEN Mingle at the
Bronx Museum of the Arts
The Bronx Council on the Arts' Bronx Writers Center, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and PEN American Center hosted this well-attended networking event at the Bronx Museum. A number of writers, spoken word artists literary enthusiasts met and mingled throughout the evening, enjoying a spoken word performance by Caridad De La Luz "La Bruja" (above left).
Bronx Stories |  Bronx Memories  |  Bronx Writers

The Bronx Memoir Project – Volume 1 is an unprecedented collection of over 50 Bronx memoir fragments, as penned by our very own residents, spanning various generations, continents, languages, cultures and themes.

Paperback books can be purchased at and as e-books for download for Kindle and Nook! Come meet the contributors! More...

Become a Bronx WritersCorps Teaching Artist
Bronx WritersCorps offers opportunities to write, publish, and perform. We work in partnership with Bronx sites during the academic year, programming both in- and after-school workshops. Sites include community-based organizations, shelters, and programs for incarcerated youth. More

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