January 2006
Vol. 4, Num. 5
   

In This Issue...

  • Nine BRIO Artists Have Work on View at Krasdale Art Gallery Exhibit
  • BRIO Application Assistance is Available at BCA's Office
  • 2006 BRIO Application Deadline is January 20, 2006
  • BRIO Panelists Sought by BCA
  • 2006 NYSCA Decentralization Award Recipients Announced
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art 2006-2007 Internships for College and Graduate Students
  • BRIO Artist Sightings in January
  • Bronx Culture Trolley will Return on February 1, 2006

 

Krasdale Art Gallery Exhibit
The Best of the Bronx
features work by nine BRIO Artists

In celebrating the renewed vitality of the Bronx art community, this exhibition showcases a multitude of approaches to living and working as an artist in the Bronx. In an attempt to show the great diversity of Bronx art, this show samples work on oil painting, metal sculpture, lithography, collage, watercolor, and photography by nine past recipients of the Bronx Council on the Arts' prestigious BRIO Award.

The show's artists are: Helene Brandt, BRIO winner for sculpture; Beth Brideau, BRIO winner for painting; Howard T. Cash, BRIO winner for photography; Linda Cunningham, BRIO winner for printmaking; Luis Fonseca, BRIO winner for digital art (work shown above); Daniel Hauben, BRIO winner for painting; Agnes Murray, BRIO winner for printmaking; Wanda Raimnudi-Ortiz, BRIO winner for painting; and Ron Terner, BRIO winner for photography.

The Best of the Bronx will be on view at the Krasdale Art Gallery through mid-February. The show's opening reception will take place on Thursday, January 5th, from 5:30-7:30pm. Krasdale Gallery is located within Krasdale Foods Inc. at 400 Food Center Drive in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx. Click here for directions. For additional information, visit the Krasdale Gallery website or call 718-378-1100 x2125.

 

BRIO Application Assistance is Available at BCA's office by appointment only

Call 718-931-9500 x35 or e-mail edf@bronxarts.org

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2006 BRIO Applications are Available at BCA & Online

2006 BRIO Applications are available at the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) office at 1738 Hone Avenue. In addition, the application and guidelines can be picked up at Bronx public libraries, BCA's Writer's Center and The BCA's Longwood Arts Project @ Hostos.

Visit the BRIO section of BCA's website for guidelines and application. An application can also be received in the mail by calling the Bronx Council on the Arts at 718-931-9500 x35 and leaving your name, address, and telephone number.

BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) is a demonstration of the Bronx Council on the Arts' outreach and support to artists creating work in the literary, media, performing, and visual arts.

Application Deadline Date is January 20, 2006

All submissions must be postmarked (not metered) or hand delivered
to BCA's office by 5:00pm on Friday, January 20, 2006

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BRIO Panelists Sought by BCA

BCA needs qualified individuals who can commit either one full day or one-half day to a panel process which will determine funding to Bronx artists (BRIO).

Cash honorarium & lunch will be provided.

Please visit BCA's website at www.bronxarts.org for BRIO Panel Nomination Form. If interested, send a current resume to edf@bronxarts.org.

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Bronx Council on the Arts Proudly Announces
Its 2006 NYSCA Decentralization Award Recipients

The Bronx Council on the Arts will announce the recipients of The New York State Council on the Arts' (NYSCA) 2006 Decentralization Program (DEC) at a reception on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 5:00pm at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos. See Section 2 of this issue of E-News for the full story.

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The Bronx Culture Trolley is on hiatus until February 1, 2006

Visit BCA's website at www.bronxarts.org for updated information on February 1st's featured trolley attractions.

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Internships for College and Graduate Students, 2006-2007
Applications must be received by January 20, 2006

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announces its 2006-2007 internship opportunities for college and graduate students interested in careers in art museums. Based upon their academic training and interests, as well as the availability of projects, interns work in one of the Metropolitan's departments - curatorial, education, conservation, administration, or library. Most projects require a strong knowledge of art history. Applicants of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Internships are full time (five days, thirty-five hours per week) from June 5-August 11, 2006. Honorarium: $3,000 for college students and recent graduates; $3,250 for graduate students. For more detailed information, please go to www.metmuseum.org/education/er_internship.asp#sum. Applications must be received by January 20, 2006.

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BRIO Artist Sightings in January 2006
What are our BRIO artists doing this month? Check it out.

Nine BRIO Artists will have work on view in The Best of the Bronx exhibit at the Krasdale Art Gallery through mid-February. In an attempt to show the great diversity of Bronx art, this exhibit samples work on oil painting, metal sculpture, lithography, collage, watercolor, and photography. The show's artists are: Helene Brandt (BRIO winner for sculpture), Beth Brideau (BRIO winner for painting), Howard T. Cash (BRIO winner for photography), Linda Cunningham (BRIO winner for printmaking), Luis Fonseca (BRIO winner for digital art), Daniel Hauben (BRIO winner for painting), Agnes Murray (BRIO winner for printmaking), Wanda Raimnudi-Ortiz (BRIO winner for painting), and Ron Terner (BRIO winner for photography). The show's opening reception will take place on Thursday, January 5th , from 5:30-7:30pm. Krasdale Gallery is located within Krasdale Foods Inc. at 400 Food Center Drive in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx. Click here for directions. For additional information, visit the Krasdale Gallery website or call 718-378-1100 x2125.

Judith Baumel (BRIO winner for poetry), Director of Creative Writing at Long Island's Adelphi University is starting an MFA in creative writing program scheduled to launch this month. The program will allow students to study poetry, fiction and playwriting and she is currently accepting applications for admission.

Stephanie Chisholm (BRIO winner for drawing), who specializes in portraits of children, was interviewed in the December 30, 2005 issue of A.M. New York for an article entitled Baby as Work of Art.                                        

Marisol Diaz (BRIO winner for photography) has work on view in a group show currently on view at the Bronx River Art Gallery . The gallery is located at 1087 East Tremont Avenue in the Bronx. For further information, call 718-589-5819, e-mail info@bronxriverart.org, or visit www.bronxriverart.org.

Peter Kalivas (BRIO winner for choreography) will be in residence at SUNY Purchase in mid-January.

Loira Limbal (BRIO winner for documentary film) was one of nine recipients to receive a 2005 New York City Community Fellowship awarded by the Open Society Institute. This prestigious award is presented to NYC community organizers, activists, and leaders working to improve the quality of public life in low-income neighborhoods. Ms. Limbal created the Reel X Project, a social justice and creative filmmaking space for young people in the Morrisania section of the southwest Bronx. The video training institute will foster a new generation of filmmakers dedicated to raising awareness and organizing for social justice in their community. For more information, visit www.soros.org/initiatives/cf/news/nycfellows_20051220  then scroll down.

Mindy Matijasevic (BRIO winner for poetry) will one of about 150 poets reading at the 2006 New Year's Day marathon reading at NYC's Bowery Poetry Club. She is scheduled to read between 6:00 and 8:00pm . She continues to host the Hidden Treasure Reading Series which resumes at Johnny O's on January 30th at 8:00pm. The series welcomes music, song, drama, prose, and poetry. Featured readers are followed by an open mic. Johnny O's is located at 2152 Westchester Avenue, off Castle Hill Avenue in the Bronx.

Desi Moreno-Penson (BRIO winner for playwriting) will have a staged reading of her play, GRINCH, take place on January 21st at the Goldberg Theatre on the 6th floor of NYU's Tisch Building. The reading will be part of the hotINK Festival of New Plays, produced by NYU/Tisch School of the Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. The reading will be directed by Jose Zayas. For information on this reading, e-mail desi.moreno@att.net.

If you are one of our past BRIO Awardees and you have an upcoming event or activity, please e-mail it to phil@bronxarts.org and we will list it in this section of E-News and on BCA's web site at www.bronxarts.org.

For information on BCA's BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) Award, visit
http://www.bronxarts.org/art_grants_brio.asp.

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  1. BCA CALENDAR OF EVENTS & THE BRONX CULTURAL CARD
  2. OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS
  3. INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS' OPPORTUNITIES
  4. THE BRONX WRITERS CENTER - Literary Events and Opportunities
  5. BCA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
  6. HEALTH RELATED INFORMATION FOR THE ARTS COMMUNITY

1. BCA CALENDAR OF EVENTS & THE BRONX CULTURAL CARD


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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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Visit BCA Website's January Calendar Link for full descriptions of the events and activities listed below.
Click on Linked Venue Names to visit their websites and find out more about them.
All FREE Events are noted as such.

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JANUARY 2006 CALENDAR LISTINGS
BCA events have red titles

ART / EXHIBITIONS

Bronx County Historical Society*
•  Exhibit: The Bronx African-American Experience and Morrisania Memories; On view thru Apr 16.

Bronx Museum of the Arts*
•  Exhibit: Irreducible: Contemporary Short Form Video; On view thru Feb 28.

Bronx River Art Center*
•  Exhibit: 2005 Holiday Art Exhibition; On view thru Jan 7 -- Free.

Focal Point Gallery*
•  Thru Jan -- Exhibit: Focal Point's Eighteenth Annual City Island Art Exhibition -- Free.
•  Feb 3, 7:30-10:00pm -- Opening Reception for Photographs of Weddings by Ron Terner. Exhibit on view through February -- Free.

Haven Arts Gallery
•  Jan 6, 6:00-9:00pm -- Opening reception for Grace Studies; Exhibit on view thru Jan 28 -- Free.
•  Feb 3, 6:00-9:00pm -- Opening reception for 13 Women on 13 Walls; Exhibit on view thru Feb 25 -- Free.

Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale
•  Exhibit: words & images; On view in the Emma & Milton A. Gilbery Pavillion thru Jan 31 -- Free.

Krasdale Art Gallery
•  Jan 5, 5:30-7:30pm -- Opening reception for The Best of the Bronx -- Free.
•  Exhibit on view thru mid Feb -- Free.

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
•  Exhibit: Digital Matrix -- A web-based exhibition; Beginning in Jan -- Free.
•  Feb 1, 5:00-9:00pm -- Opening reception for Do You Think I'm Disco -- Exhibit on view Jan 7 thru Mar 18 -- Free.

Midtown Antiques Gallery*
•  Exhibit: Paintings by Veronica Mahoney; On view thru Jan 10 -- Free.

New York Botanical Garden*
•  Exhibit: Glasshouse Winter Flowers; On view in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory thru Jan 8.
•  Exhibit: Flowers by Redouté, Artist for an Empire; On view in the Rondina and LoFaro Gallery in the Garden's Library Building thru Jan 22.
•  Exhibit: The Luminous Lens of Mick Hales: Photographs of The New York Botanical Garden; On view in the Arthur and Janet Ross Gallery thru Mar 15.

COMEDY

Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery*
•  Jan 5, 8:00pm -- Open Mic Comedy Night.
•  Feb 2, 8:00pm -- Open Mic Comedy Night.

CONCERTS / MUSIC

Albert Einstein Symphony Orchestra
•  Jan 15, 2:00pm -- All Mozart Program -- Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Robbins Auditorium.

Bronx Arts Ensemble*
•  Jan 22, 3:00pm -- Chamber Music at the home of Katrin and George Phocas, 5020 Goodridge Avenue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

Bronx Opera Company*
•  Jan 14, 8:00pm -- A double-bill of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Emmanuel Chabrier's An Incomplete Education; Lehman College 's Lovinger Theatre.
•  Jan 15, 2:00pm -- See above.
•  Jan 21, 8:00pm -- A double-bill of Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Emmanuel Chabrier's An Incomplete Education; Heckscher Theatre.
•  Jan 22, 2:00pm -- See above.

Wave Hill*
•  Jan 22, 2:00pm -- Daedalus String Quartet in concert; Armor Hall at Wave Hill.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts*
•  Jan 15, 7:00pm -- The Legendary B.B. King in Concert.

Lehman College Concerts
•  Jan 15, 2:00pm -- Lehman College Chamber Players in concert; Lehman College Recital Hall -- Free.

Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery* / Musical Performance
•  Jan 7, 8:00pm -- An Evening with Fred Gillen, Jr.
•  Jan 8, 8:00pm -- An Evening with Port O' Monkeys.
•  Jan 13, 8:00pm -- An Evening with Jack Serra-Lima.
•  Jan 14, 8:00pm -- An Evening with Bennett Harris.
•  Jan 20, 8:00pm -- An Evening with Purple Rose.
•  Jan 21, 8:00pm -- An Evening with Kenny Cunningham.
•  Jan 27, 8:00pm -- Open Mic Night for Singer-Songwriters.
•  Jan 28, 8:00pm -- An Evening with Works in Progress.

The Uptown Coffeehouse* / Musical Performance
•  Jan 8, 7:00pm -- An Evening with Lui Collins.
•  Feb 5, 7:00pm -- An Evening with Sloan Wainwright.

DANCE

Fieldston Dance Company at Fieldston School Auditorium
•  Jan 6, 7:30pm -- Dance Recital -- Free.

FAMILY / CHILDREN EVENTS

Artisans Marketplace
•  Feb 1, 5:30-8:30pm -- Bronx craft artisans assemble in the Hostos Community College Atrium with a fine selection of hand-crafted, contemporary & traditional art.

Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza
•  Jan 5, 10, 19, 26, 6:00pm -- Children's Craft & Storytime -- Free.

Bronx River Art Center
•  Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) offers a variety of classes for youth, teens, and adults including ceramics (beginning and advanced), painting, graphic design, stop animation, drawing and printmaking, drawing and painting (advanced), photography, digital filmmaking, poetry and spoken word workshops, and museum trips.

Bronx Zoo / Wildlife Conservation Society*
•  Thru Jan 8 -- Holiday Lights.

New York Botanical Garden*
•  Thru Jan 8 -- Gingerbread Adventures; Everett Children's Adventure Garden.
•  Thru Jan 8 -- Holiday Train Show; Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

New York Public Library
•  The New York Public Library offers a variety of ongoing free events, exhibitions, tours and classes for children, adults, and young adults at its many branch locations.

Wave Hill 's Kerlin Learning Center* / Family Art Project
•  Jan 7 & 8, 1:00-4:00pm -- A Garden Vision for the New Year -- Free.
•  Jan 14 & 15, 1:00-4:00pm -- Bits of Cloth and Lots of Freedom -- Free.
•  Jan 21 & 22, 1:00-4:00pm -- Family Roots and Traditions -- Free.
•  Jan 28 & 29, 1:00-4:00pm -- Collage the Colors of Winter -- Free.
•  Feb 4 & 5, 1:00-4:00pm -- Fibers Galore for Paper Forming -- Free.

LITERARY EVENTS

Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza
•  Jan 5, 6:00pm -- Children's Craft & Storytime -- Free.
•  Jan 10, 6:00pm -- Children's Craft & Storytime -- Free.
•  Jan 10, 6:30pm -- Poetry Night -- Free.
•  Jan 12, 7:00pm -- Bronx Writers Workshop -- Free.
•  Jan 13, 7:00pm -- Writers Workshop -- Free.
•  Jan 19, 6:00pm -- Children's Craft & Storytime -- Free.
•  Jan 26, 6:00pm -- Children's Craft & Storytime -- Free.
•  Jan 27, 7:00pm -- Fiction & Literature Workshop -- Free.
•  Jan 28, 3:30pm -- African American Women's Studies Book Group -- Free.
•  Feb 2, 6:00pm -- Children's Craft & Storytime -- Free.

Downtown Bronx Bar & Café Poetry Night
•  Feb 1, 7:30pm -- Poetry Reading and open mic -- Free.

Johhny O's
•  Jan 30 8:00pm -- Poetry Reading and open mic at Johnny O's -- Free.

Paperbacks Plus
•  Jan 17, 7:30pm -- Book Reading & Signing by Frank McCourt, author of Teacher Man; College of Mount St. Vincent's Hayes Auditorium.
•  Jan 22, 2:00pm -- Book Reading & Signing by Michael Wex, author of Born to Kvetch; Hebrew Home for the Aged.

Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery*
•  Jan 26, 8:00pm -- Open Mic Poetry Night.

TOURS

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum* / 12:00-4:00pm
•  Guided Tours of Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
    •  Jan 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, & 29.
    •  Feb 1, 3, 4 & 5.

Bronx Culture Trolley / 5:00-9:00pm
•  Feb 1 -- Visit cultural hot spots along the lower Grand Concourse; Hostos Community College -- Free.
•  Venues include:
    •  Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
    •  The Artisans Marketplace
    •  Bronx Museum of the Arts*
    •  Haven Arts Gallery
    •  Poetry at the Downtown Bronx Café*

Bronx Seaside Trolley / 5:30-10:15pm
•  Jan 6 -- Visit City Island attractions along the way; Pelham Bay Park Subway Station -- Free.
•  Feb 3 -- Visit City Island attractions along the way; Pelham Bay Park Subway Station -- Free.
•  Venues for both dates include:
    •  Focal Point Gallery*
    •  Starving Artists Café & Gallery*
    •  Exotiqa International Arts*
    •  Midtown Antiques & Gallery*
    •  Quality Antique Furniture
    •  Main Street Antiques
    •  Le Refuge Inn

* These organizations accept BCA's Bronx Cultural Card. An additional number of Bronx dining and business establishments also accept the Cultural Card. For a list of those who accept the card and the discounts they offer, please visit www.bronxarts.org/gp_bcc_participants.asp.

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2.      OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS

Bronx Council on the Arts Proudly Announces
Its 2006 NYSCA Decentralization Award Recipients

The Bronx Council on the Arts will announce the recipients of The New York State Council on the Arts' (NYSCA) 2006 Decentralization Program (DEC) at a reception on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at 5:00pm at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos. The event will be attended by representatives of recipient organizations, local legislators, the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as the BCA Board of Directors. Hostos Community College is located at 450 Grand Concourse and 149th Street in the Bronx. Click here for directions.

The DEC Regrant program is open to not-for-profit Bronx arts and community based organizations that utilize the arts to help fulfill their missions. Eligible organizations may apply for up to $5,000 in support for a variety of arts and cultural projects. This year, BCA re-granted a total of $77,750 of NYSCA funds. The applications were reviewed and grantees selected by panels that included representatives of the arts community, educational community as well as civic organizations.

Every year the Bronx Council on the Arts offers small entry way or seed grants to arts and community based organizations based in the county. These funds are monies received from the New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization program whose purpose is to foster the continuing development of local cultural resources responsive to community needs.

This year, the arts organizations who will receive funding are: Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, Baychester Visual Arts Association, Bronx Concert Singers, Bronx Conservatory of Music, Bronx Stage & Film Company, Inc., Bronx Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage Community Playhouse, Inc., City Theatre Project, Garces Puppeteria, The Judaica Museum of the Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale, MAC Creations P.O.P. Arts Inc., Orchestra of the Bronx, Osiris Musical Arts Foundation, Parkchester Chorus, Riverdale Chorus, and Side Street Kids, Inc.

This year's community based organizations are: Aging In America, Baychester Youth Council, Black Forum of Coop City, Bronx Defenders, Christ Church Riverdale, Citiwide Harm Reduction, Citizen Advice Bureau, Concourse House, Crotona Naval & Marine Cadets Inc., Friends of Pelham Bay, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park, Hope Of Israel Senior Citizens Center, Inc., Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, North Bronx National Council of Negro Women Inc., Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Phoenix House of New York, Inc., Riverbay Fund, Riverdale Community Center, Riverdale Neighborhood House, Riverdale Senior Services, Rocking the Boat, Inc., SCAN-NY, SOBRO, Sustainable South Bronx, and Tremont Community Senior Citizen Center.

Applications for the 2006-2007 grants will be available in July. For more information on BCA and its entire grant programs please visit the grants pages on BCA's website at www.bronxarts.org.

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3.       INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS' OPPORTUNITIES (BCA opportunities are listed in red)

DATED OPPORTUNITIES

This section includes all NEW Artist Opportunity Listings since our last issue.
Our complete listing of current Artist Opportunities can be found here.

RIVERDALE CHORALE SOCIETY IS SEEKS NEW MEMBERS: Riverdale Choral Society, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last spring, is a community chorus of about 60 members that welcomes experienced sight-readers as well as those who do not sight-read but have a good musical ear. Our May 2006 concert, "Apollo Joins Euterpe," includes works by the following composers/poets: Josquin/Virgil, Randall Thompson/Horace, Costeley/Ronsard, Miriam Gideon/Ben Jonson, Jacob Schaefer/Sholam Aleichem, Ulysses Kay/Paul Laurence Dunbar, Blas Galindo/Pablo Neruda, Elliott Carter/Emily Dickenson, et al. Optional trip to Argentina in August for spring 2006 members. Schedule an informal audition with music director Mimi S. Daitz by sending e-mail to info@riverdalechoral.org, or by calling 718-543-2219. Or you may come to our open rehearsal on Wednesday, January 4 at 7:30pm and sign up then for an audition. Regular rehearsals are held every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:45pm at Christ Church, Riverdale, at 252nd Street and Henry Hudson Parkway East. A free sight-singing workshop is available with membership. Please see our website at www.riverdalechoral.org and click on "current season" for travel directions and more information about the chorus.

ARTIST AND WRITER RESIDENCIES: The Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM) is inviting artists and writers in all disciplines to apply for our residency program. Application forms are available on the web at www.sfai.org. Successful applicants will be eligible to spend from one to three months at a preeminent contemporary residency program in the Southwest. Application fee: $25.00. For information, e-mail swilson@sfai.org. Application Deadline: Jan 6, 2006.

JURIED ART EXHIBITION FOR WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT: The Pen and Brush, Inc. (NYC) invites w omen artists of African Descent to submit entries for a juried exhibit to be held as part of Pen and Brush's Celebration of Black History, February 2006. $50 for up to 5 slides. Send SASE to: Women of African Descent, Pen and Brush, 16 E. Tenth Street, New York, NY 10003 for full prospectus or go to www.penandbrush.org to download prospectus. Application Deadline: Jan 6, 2006.

OPEN DANCE CALL FOR A CHORUS LINE: Auditions for the upcoming Broadway production. Rehearses in NY 6/15/06, runs in San Francisco 7/17/06-9/2/06, and previews in NY mid-September, 2006. Seeking dancers early 20s to early 30s with major ballet and jazz technique, who also sing extremely well. Especially seeking Latino dancers. When: Friday, Jan 13, 2006 -- For Men Only; Saturday January 14, 2006 -- For Women Only. Sign-in at 9:30am at Studio 3A. Audition begins at 10:00am. Sign-in ends at 10:30am. Please be warmed up and ready to dance. Where: New 42nd St. Studios, 229 W. 42nd Street (between Broadway & 8th Avenue, NYC). Men Should Bring jazz shoes or sneakers. Women Should Bring character shoes with a heel, and jazz shoes or sneakers. Wear form-fitting dance clothes. No baggie pants or leg warmers. Please prepare one traditional musical theatre song that shows off your voice. Bring sheet music. Pianist will be provided. Bring a picture and resume, stapled together. This is an open call for union and non-union members. We encourage performers of all ethnic backgrounds to attend this call. If you are unable to attend, please send a picture and resume to: Binder Casting, 321 West 44th Street, Suite 606, New York, NY 10036, Attention: A Chrous Line. Please refer to www.bindercasting.com for all audition information.

ALJIRA EMERGE: OPEN CALL -- now accepting applications for the spring 2006 semester of Aljira Emerge, a center for contemporary art (Newark NJ). Aljira Emerge is presented in affiliation with Creative Capital Professional Development Program. The spring semester begins March 11, 2006. Please note that the deadline has been extended. Application fee: $10. Application/Entry Fee: $10. For more info and to download an application, visit www.aljira.org or send a SASE to Aljira, 591 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102. All applications for the spring semester must be in Aljira's office (not postmarked) by Jan 20, 2006.

2006 PHOTOGRAPHY FELLOWSHIPS: Houston Center for Photography (HCP) announces the 2005-2006 Photography Fellowship Competition. Two fellowship recipients will be awarded $1,000 each, with one designated as a recipient of the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship. Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss Co-Founders of FotoFest will jury the fellowships. Each winner will have a solo-exhibition at HCP in the Spring/Summer based on the work submitted (work-in-progress is acceptable). Eligibility: Artists must be 18 years of age. One fellowship will be awarded to an artist residing within a 100-mile radius of Houston (including the Beaumont, Galveston, and College Station areas). A second fellowship will be awarded to an artist living anywhere in the U.S. Past recipients, HCP staff and board members are not eligible. Media: Any work incorporating photography as a major facet of its presentation is eligible, including installation and video. Rules for Entry: Applicants should submit a portfolio of up to 10 copy slides, digital images, or 10 minutes of video representing a unified body of work, a proposal for the fellowship project and a resume or biographical statement. No glass-mounted slides will be accepted. Media should be labeled with full name and title of work. Indicate the correct viewing orientation of image by placing a dot or arrow on the lower left corner of slide. Number each slide and include a corresponding slide list with the numerical order listing the above information plus media and image size of each work. Cue VHS tapes to start of work to be viewed. Applicants must be current members of HCP. If not currently a member, include an additional $35 for Senior/Student membership (provide student I.D.) or $50 for Individual membership. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of your slides or other media submitted. Visit www.hcponline.org/fellow_call_06.html to view the complete prospectus. Application/Entry Fee: $20. Send or hand-deliver submissions to: Fellowship Competition, Houston Center for Photography, 1441 West Alabama, Houston, TX 77006. Application Deadline: Jan 20, 2006.

13th INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS RESIDENCIES/SEMINAR, CSOPAK, HUNGARY 2006 (Hungarian Multicultural Center -- Dallas, Budapest, Csopak): Dates: May 22 - June 15, 2006; June 19 - July 13; July 17 - August 10, 2006. The HMC International Artists' Residencies offers visual artists four-week residencies in the month of May-June-July-August. The residency session concludes with Symposium/Seminar and a major exhibit at the New City Gallery of Balatonfured. Eligibility: Open to all professional artists (writers, painters, photographers....). For more info and application form please contact us or visit our web site. Application/Entry Fee: $35. For information, e-mail bszechy@yahoo.com or visit www.hungarian-multicultural-center.com. Accepted/Rejected notification cards will be mailed Feb 5, 2006. Last day to receive entry, slides, $35 application fee, and SASE: Jan 30, 2006.

HOSTOS SEEKS ARTISTS FOR FIRST ALUMNI ART & PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT: If you are an artist and wish to show your talent, we would like to extend an invitation for you to propose work for the exhibition. Selection will be made by a jury composed of experts from the Hostos Arts Center, the Bronx Council on the Arts and the Hostos Visual and Performing Arts unit. To be considered, please submit the following: (1) A brief artist's statement of no more than 100 words explaining your aesthetics and/or what your work is intended to communicate. (2) Five color slides or digital images on CD of your best work. Kindly send your submission, no later than Friday, January 30, 2006 to: Art Exhibit, Alumni Relations Office, Hostos Community College, 500 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY 10451. Call 718-518-4180, if you need further information. The exhibition will open in April of 2006 and remain in place until the end of June in the beautiful atrium of the Allied Health Building. The exhibition's opening reception is being planned to coincide with an Hostos Alumni Talent Show which will be held in the Art Center 's Repertory Theater. Submission Deadline: Jan 30, 2006.

MFA IN ELECTRONIC INTEGRATED ARTS at the School of Art & Design at Alfred University (Alfred, NY): The 2-year MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts offered by the School of Art and Design at Alfred University is an interdisciplinary approach to electronic and digital processes. The program creates a context to explore the relationships between the languages, processes, and forms of emerging electronic/digital technologies with those of painting, printmaking, photography, design, video, and sonic arts, recognizing an emerging population of students who are committed to investigating these relationships through work that is not necessarily confined to a singular artistic discipline. All MFA students receive a teaching assistantship along with tuition remission. Application/Entry Fee: Fees waived for online submissions. For information, contact Linda White at 607-871-2442 or whitelz@alfred.edu, or visit http://art.alfred.edu/graduate. Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2006.

17th NATIONAL DRAWING & PRINT COMPETITIVE EXHIBITION: Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame of Maryland . A minimum of $1500 available in purchase prize money. Drawings and prints (not photography) in any medium are eligible. A non-refundable entry fee of $30 entitles the artist to submit up to three slide entries. For prospectus www.ndm.edu/gormleygallery or SASE National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition, Attn: Geoff Delanoy, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210. For additional information, call 410-532-5582 or e-mail gormleygallery@ndm.edu. Slide entries and fee due Feb 10, 2006.

CALL FOR DANCE: Pepatian seeks new dance works developed from movement of the Afro-Caribbean-Latino Diaspora and/or work that speaks to and identifies with life in the South Bronx. Your work will be viewed by a panel of choreographers who are dedicated to the dance field and who often present their work in the Bronx as well as in other venues throughout NYC and nationally. We will select 4-5 choreographers. If selected, you will: (1) Be presented at BAAD!/Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance on Friday May 5 & Saturday May 6, 2006 and receive a $150 stipend; (2) Participate in group workshop gatherings with other selected artists and panelists to further develop your work; (3) receive video of your final performances; (4) have all marketing materials for the performances provided by Pepatian. Please send: (1) Video or DVD of your proposed project (as a work-in-progress, between 5-12 minutes max), Note: we are looking for new work that has not been presented as a final piece in NYC in 2005 or 2006. Please label dvd/video with your name/title of piece & your contact info. Note that the video will be available for pick-up after March 6 at the Pepatian office -- we will not be able to mail it back to you. (2) Project statement or a statement of artistic goals. (3) Include the following information on a sheet entitled "Pepatian / call for proposals Informational Sheet: Name, Address, E-mail, Cell, Day and Evening Telephone #, Name of piece, Choreographed by, Performed by, Music, Month, Year Created, Any special considerations for performance (props, video projection, liquids, etc.). Please remember to label your work sample. Mail all materials to: Pepatian, 1001 Grand Concourse #10, Bronx, New York 10452. Notification: March 6, 2006. Workshops: there will be 3 workshops in March and April. Tech & Performances: tech Thursday May 4 and final performances May 5 & 6 at BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance. Questions? Please call Pepatian at 718-588-1936 or e-mail info@pepatian.org. Deadline: Feb 10, 2005 (postmark deadline --proposal must be postmarked by this date).

OPEN CALLS FOR ARTISTS AND CURATORS: The Arts Center of the Capital Region (Troy, NY) is seeking work for an open call and for possible thematic exhibits. Visual artists in all media are invited to submit slides for consideration. Submissions can be of any media, and will be viewed anonymously by a panel of professional artists and curators. (a) Open Call: The Arts Center is interested in reviewing new work in all media - painting, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, photography, performance, and mixed media presentations. (b) 2006 Ceramics Regional: Independent curator and critic Thomas Piche, Jr. seeks contemporary clay artists living within a 100-mile radius of The Arts Center of The Capital Region for an exhibition in the center's Main Gallery. Preference will be given to sculptural ceramics that are expressively content driven; to forms that may refer to the historical utility of the genre, but in ways that confront the characteristics of function; and to work whose makers view ceramic craft as a starting point and not a final goal. This exhibition is scheduled for Fall 2006. (c) Call for curatorial proposals: Exhibition proposals must include the following: (1) A typed curatorial statement, not more than 125 words that includes the concept of the exhibit. (2) At least 10 images representative of work being considered for inclusion in proposed exhibit. Images should be printed hard copies, slides or CD-ROM (this category only). (3) A current resume or curriculum vitae listing curatorial experience. (4) A current resume or bio of proposed artists to be included in exhibition. Indicate any special technical requirements or gallery preparation. (5) A SASE is required for the return of materials. The Arts Center does not accept proposals where the curator is one of the exhibiting artists, and hires only curators with previous experience. All materials must be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for return. International artists must enclose enough postal coupons for return. Student artists currently involved in degree-seeking programs are not eligible for the Call for Slides. Please include the following in submission: (1) A maximum of ten 35mm slides in a clear plastic slide sheet. CDs containing digital representations of work will not be accepted. Each slide must be labeled as follows: TOP of work, artist's name, title of work, medium, date, and dimensions of work. [Video/ performance artists only: please submit one 1/2 inch VHS cassette or DVD. Video artists please submit three works or sections of works. Please cue to point of presentation. Label cassette or DVD with title of piece(s), running time dates of piece(s) name, address and phone of artist.] Please do not send original slides or video cassettes, or DVDs. The Arts Center of the Capital Region is not responsible for lost materials. (2) Numbered checklist of slides or video pieces, with title, dimensions, media, date. (3) Resume. (4) Artist's statement describing your work. (please do NOT send press clippings). (5) Completed form (back). (6) SASE for return of materials. Please mark your envelope in LARGE letters with the exhibit(s) you are applying for: (a) Open Call; (b) 2006 Ceramics Regional; (c) Call for Curatorial Proposals. The Exhibits Program of The Arts Center of the Capital Region is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. Send to: Gina Occhiogrosso, Gallery Director, The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY 12180. For more information please call the Arts Center at 518-273-0552. Deadline for submissions: February 10, 2006. Submissions received after 5 pm February 10, 2006 will not be considered for exhibition.

SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT FOR APRIL's THE ONE FESTIVAL: We are currently accepting submissions for the 1st Annual The ONE Festival. Presented by TEATRO LA TEA and CAICEDO PRODUCTIONS. This new exciting festival will begin in April 2006 for a charming spring Month. The ONE Festival, will have a two-week theatrical run From April 10th - 23rd, with multi-talented Playwrights and Performing Artists from all over the world. This 1st annual event will showcase theatrical works from men and Women of solo performances. The ONE Festival, will accept 10 original non-published theatrical works; full-length and Shorts. Each work will perform three times during the festival. One of the theatrical works produced by the festival will receive a $500 dollar cash prize, plus a full theatrical production at TEATRO LA TEA, at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in NYC's Lower East Side . The best play chosen will be judged by the audience. The audience gets to vote for their favorite play. The Play will need to receive a total amount of 75 votes or more to be categorized for the finalists and cash prize. Submission for The ONE Festival 2006, please mail: $30-Full Length/$15-Shorts submission fee/w 2 copies of each of the following: (1) Playwrights bio. Please include: name, address, telephone number and email address; (2) Treatment of theatrical work; (3) Complete script of theatrical work; (4) Actor/director/crew bios, if available; (5) Description of Set and Props. (6) Include SASE if you would like materials returned. Please send submissions and fees payable to Caicedo Productions or Teatro LA TEA (no drop-ins) to: Caicedo Productions, 7304 5th Avenue, PMB 184, Brooklyn, NY 11209 or Teatro La Tea, 107 Suffolk Street, Suite 200, New York, New York 10002, Attention: Veronica Caicedo. For More information please call Veronica Caicedo at 212-529-1948. Deadline: Postmarked by Feb 10, 2006.

IMPERFECT ACCOUNTS: TRI-STATE JURIED EXHIBITION: The Studio (Armonk NY) Seeks representational and abstract works that play with an interrupted and dislodged narrative. Open to all artists currently residing in the tri-state area working in any media except video, installation, performance and sound. Juror: Simone Subal, NY-based independent curator and writer, (exhibitions included 'Things Fall Apart All Over Again at Artists Space, NY and 'Suspended State' at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College). $30 for up to 3 slides, $5 each additional (limit, 5 slides). Exhibition dates May 20 - June 25, 2006. Download prospectusat www.thestudiony-alternative.org. Deadline for slide submission: postmarked by Feb 15, 2006.

JEROME CERAMIC ARTIST RESIDENCY: Northern Clay Center (Minneapolis, MN) announces the sixteenth year of the Ceramic Artists Project Grant program, funded by the Jerome Foundation, Saint Paul, Minnesota. The intent of the program is to support Minnesota and New York City ceramic or clay artists at a relatively early stage in their careers, to help them explore new techniques, new forms, and new ways of expressing their particular visions through clay. The program now provides one residency grant valued at $6,000, to take place between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007 (for Minnesota and New York City Artists, dates of which are based on NCC studio availability). Eligibility is restricted to clay artists who have completed all formal academic training by the start of the grant period (July 1, 2006 for residency grant), who are not enrolled in either full- or part-time degree granting institutions (including B.A., M.F.A, and teaching certification programs), who are not employed full-time as ceramics teachers at the college level, and who meet residency requirements. The residency grant requires at least 6 months of residency in either Minnesota or New York City (including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island). Application/Entry Fee: 0. For more information and application forms, please visit our website at www.northernclaycenter.org, or email nccinfo@northernclaycenter.org. Application Deadline: Feb 24, 2006.

SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT FOR PUBLISHING CONTEST: At Airleaf we are already thinking about the 2006 Holiday Season! (Bookstores start buying in June.) There is a great deal of demand and we need more Holiday books to sell. Is your book the next How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Submissions can be sent in any format including a paper manuscript. They must be less than 20,000 words to be considered. Each entry will receive a free review. We will publish and sell the winning Holiday Book for free! There is no cost to enter this contest. For further information, contact Brien Jones, Author Consultant. Airleaf Publishing, LLC, 35 Industrial Drive, Suite 104, Martinsville, IN 46151. Phone: 800-342-6068; E-Mail: brien@airleaf.com. www.airleafclub.com. Entry Deadline: Feb 28, 2006.

AMERICAN MASTERPIECES -- DANCE: AMD is the dance component of a major initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)  to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. The AMD project celebrates the extraordinary and rich evolution of dance and choreography in the United States. With its partners, NEFA and Dance/USA, the NEA will sponsor select performances, tours, and educational programs that will reach large and small communities throughout the United States . AMD Reconstruction Grants provide funding for the reconstruction or restaging of American Dance works that are artistically, historically, and culturally significant. AMD Reconstruction Grant projects will include educational and interpretive components such as study guides, student performances, lectures, and exhibitions. Projects will also have a substantial performance/touring aspect to ensure the works reach the broadest possible audience. Because AMD views touring as essential to the success of a project, AMD Reconstruction Grants will be awarded in conjunction with AMD Touring Grants. In selecting projects, AMD will consider scale, geographic reach, and the representation of diverse ethnicities and artistic forms, as well as the historic significance of the work(s). Click here for additional information and to download an application. Deadline: March 1, 2006.

TAPROOT FOUNDATION OFFERS SERVICE GRANTS TO NYC NONPROFITS: The Taproot Foundation works to strengthen nonprofit organizations by engaging highly skilled business professionals to provide capacity-building services to New York City nonprofits. Unlike traditional foundations that provide cash grants, Taproot makes "Service Grants" that provide nonprofits with critical marketing, technology, and human resource development services. Each Service Grant is staffed by a team of highly skilled professionals from the business community who donate their time and expertise within a tightly managed framework. Taproot offers Service Grants in the following areas: Naming, Branding, Brochure, Annual Report Template, Donor Database, Basic Web site, Advanced Web site, and Performance Management Systems. All New York City-based nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Visit the Taproot Foundation Web site at www.taprootfoundation.org/ for more information, a complete description of each Service Grant, eligibility criteria, and an online application form. Deadline: March 1 and June 1, 2006.

SUMMER RESIDENCY PROGRAM ( JUNE 14 - JULY 16, 2006): The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (NYC) invites applications from professional artists for The School of Art Summer Residency Program. Emerging and mid-career artists working in painting and drawing are eligible. Artists pursue their ongoing work in an intensive, four-week summer residency studio program in New York City. For more information and an application please visit our website at www.cooper.edu/artsummer. On campus housing is available. Application Deadline: Mar 10, 2006.

NATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION - WORKS OF ART ON PAPER: National Juried Competition - Works of Art on Paper: July 7 - 26, 2006. Juror: Carter E. Foster, Curator of Drawings, Whitney Museum of American Art. Cash awards. Entry Fee: $35. Entry Form: Send SASE to Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd. Loveladies NJ 08008 or gallery@lbifoundation.org. Submissions must be postmarked by Mar 15, 2006.

TRANSFORMATION: VSA arts (Washington DC) invites artists to reflect on the many ways art transforms our lives, focusing on the influence of education and disability. Open to artists (ages 22 and over) who are committed to their artistic progress and who have a physical, cognitive, or mental disability. Distinguished jury will review two slides of earlier work and three slides of current work within the span of 5 years. Recent work entered must be at the onset of disability. An entry-specific artist statement should be included with slides. No entry fee; round trip shipping expenses covered; selected artwork does not have to be framed. Exhibition will debut in Washington, DC during June of 2006. For submission requirements, eligible media and entry forms in English, Spanish, French and ASCII: www.vsarts.org/transformation Braille, large print available upon request. No entry fee. For more information, contact: Stephanie Moore, director of visual arts, at stephaniem@vsarts.org or 202-628-2800. Deadline for receipt of materials: Mar 24, 2006.

DIRECT ART MAGAZINE, VOLUME 13: Sixth Annual Competition for publication in Volume 13 of Direct Art Magazine, Fall/Winter 2006 issue. Twenty six awards over $22,000.00 in value including covers of magazine and feature articles. $30 for four; $5 each additional. SlowArt Productions (Phoenicia, NY). For prospectus, visit www.slowart.com/prospectus. For additional information, e-mail slowart@aol.com. Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2006.

AMERICAN MASTERPIECES -- DANCE: AMD is the dance component of a major initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)  to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. The AMD project celebrates the extraordinary and rich evolution of dance and choreography in the United States. With its partners, NEFA and Dance/USA, the NEA will sponsor select performances, tours, and educational programs that will reach large and small communities throughout the United States . AMD College Component (AMDCC): AMD funding will also be available to colleges and universities, through a program administered by Dance/USA, to support the restaging, performance, and documentation of significant dance choreography in order to provide dance students with access to the rich, but often inaccessible, legacy of American dance history. Click here for additional information and to download an application. Deadline: April 3, 2006.

CALL FOR ENTRIES (McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC): Artist-in-Residence Program for regional, national and international artists. Three-month Fall 2007 and Winter 2008 sessions available. Private studios, $2,000 materials budget, and $3,300 stipend is provided along with 24-hour access to fully-equipped metal and wood shops, media lab, darkroom, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramic studios. Paid travel and condominiums for artists outside of the area. Application guidelines at www.mccollcenter.org. Questions: Call Terri Smith at 704-332-5535 or e-mail tsmith@mccollcenter.org. Application Deadline: May 1, 2006.

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

APARTMENT FOR RENT: A newly renovated Jr4 or 1BR with an extra room (approximately 550 sq. ft.) is the first floor of a 1910 row house on Concord Avenue at E 147th St. in The Hub. It is a cozy apartment with a bay window, hardwood floors, moldings, baseboard heating, ceramic and tumbled marble tiles, and new stainless steal appliances. It has an eat-in kitchen and access to a shared backyard. St. Mary's Park and loads of local shopping are within two blocks. Great mass transit options include two stops on the #6 train ( E144th Street or E149th Street ), the #2/5 at The Hub (3rd Ave & E149th St.) and numerous buses within two blocks. Rent $920/month includes heat, hot water, and cooking gas. Landlord may occasionally need access to the boiler room located in rear of first floor apartment. Rental application, credit check ($18 fee), proof of employment and income required. First month's rent, security deposit equal to one-month's rent, and agency fee equal to one-month's rent required at lease signing. Please respond by e-mail of call: Allison Jaffe, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Skyline Realty Associates, 650 Halstead Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY 10543. Direct: 718-874-2877; Office: 914-835-8500; E-Mail: jaffe_skyline@hotmail.com.

ART STUDIOS IN NYC -- 118 Street corner 3rd Avenue (NYC). Private Rooms in Artist Loft (4 Studios Left) start at $525, great Lighting in all the studios, 2 Big Windows each studio. Some have acces to a private roof facing West. Clean finished work space, near train [1 block]. Safe Building with 24/7 hour access. Freight Elevator directly from sidewalk to floor. Shared bathroom with utility sink. High-speed Internet. Only long term. No Living space. One Month rent + One Security. For more information, call Jose Luis Lopez at 917-912-6750 or e-mail at Art_as_Art@yahoo.com.

ARTIST RETREATS/RESIDENCIES (Vitosha Cultural Center, Ann Arbor, MI): Writers and painters invited for a winter residency witin historic church complex on-campus, U.of M. Teaching $ gallery opportunities. $1,000/mo: fireplace room & studio. K. Constantinov, Director. For information, visit www.vitosha.org or call 734-741-4969. Application deadline ASAP.

MINIATURE ART ARTISTS SOUGHT: The Museum of Miniature Art (NYC) invites artists who specialize in miniature art to apply. (1) The museum is in phase one that of creating an online presence. The museum will have a permanent collection with emphasis on an historical perspective and a separate gallery space with an ongoing exhibitions program. (2)The museum is now accepting applications from artists. To apply send images of your work including title, date, size and medium along with an application fee of $20 (send payments via paypal). Include an artist's statement and why you work as a miniature artist. (3) The museum of miniature art invites you to join and become a member today and receive publications, educational material, weekend lectures, museum of miniature arts calendar of events and more. Students: $15, Friends: $55, Patrons: $500, Presidential: $5000 and over. For further details and assistance, e-mail info@museumofminiatureart.com.

PRODUCTION STUDIO AVAILABLE -- 2500 Sq. Ft.: Located in the industrial section of Brooklyn known as Gowanus (Park Slope/ Boerum Hill). 2500 sq ft art studio comprised of office and work space. Clean and well designed. Lots of storage space. Includes private and shared work bathroom, windows all around, heat and freight elevator. Good ventilation and 24-hour access. Located within the Gowanus Artists' Studio tour. No live/work. Images of space are available. Application/Entry Fee: $3,000 per month. For information or inquiries, call Paul Pisoni at 718 246 2678.

SEEKING R&D SOURCE MATERIAL/INTERVIEW CANDIDATES FOR " BRONX BURNING" DOCUMENTARY: Pagan-Images, Inc. is currently in research and development on the feature-length documentary, "Bronx Burning." We are looking to identify families who lived through the turbulent period covered in the documentary - 1960s-1990s - to share their experiences in recorded/taped sessions. The interviews will commence in the spring of 2006. We are also looking for photographs, home movies and related media documentation specifically linked to the burning of the Bronx , for use in the documentary. These include footage of the people in the community during at the height of the destruction, pro-action community rallies and demonstrations, as well as footage/photos that demonstrate family life as an anchor of the community's subsequent resurrection. The initial interviews will be used as a warehouse of information and oral histories leading to a town hall meeting and community reunion that will be filmed to be included in the documentary. In addition, it is anticipated that two families will be selected to integrate against the main narrative timeline. Bronx Burning is the story of the tragic events and misguided policies which almost led to the destruction of a major U.S. city -- the South Bronx -- and the residents who decided to stay and fight back to reclaim their neighborhoods and bring them back from the ashes of neglect, economic opportunism and political indifference. The hour-long documentary chronicles the life experiences of two American families through the rise, fall, and resurrection (1960s - present) of the most maligned region in the country and the events that led to the region becoming synonymous worldwide with urban decay and abandonment. Bronx Burning chronicles the triumph of community-in-action and the leaders who struggled to reverse the downward spiral leading ultimately to the region being recognized as an " All American City " in 1997 by the National Civic League. Individuals interested in being considered for an on-camera interview, or who have leads on possible candidates, or for more information, contact Edwin Pagan, producer/director, at epagan@pagan-images.com.

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4.      THE BRONX WRITERS CENTER - Literary Events and Opportunities

FOR YOUR CALENDAR
(BCA events are listed in red)

Jan 5, 6:00pm Storytime / Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza
Children's Craft & Storytime - Barnes & Noble is located in Bay Plaza at 290 Baychester Ave. in the Bronx. Store Hours: Sun 10:00am-8:00pm; Mon-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Events sometimes change and new ones are sometimes added. Please call 718-862-3945 to confirm. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Jan 10, 6:30pm Poetry / Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza
Poetry Night - Barnes & Noble is located in Bay Plaza at 290 Baychester Ave. in the Bronx. Store Hours: Sun 10:00am-8:00pm; Mon-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Events sometimes change and new ones are sometimes added. Please call 718-862-3945 to confirm. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Jan 12, 6:00pm Storytime / Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza
Children's Craft & Storytime - Barnes & Noble is located in Bay Plaza at 290 Baychester Ave. in the Bronx. Store Hours: Sun 10:00am-8:00pm; Mon-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Events sometimes change and new ones are sometimes added. Please call 718-862-3945 to confirm. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Jan 12, 7:00pm Workshop / Barnes & Noble / Bay Plaza
Bronx Writers Workshop - Barnes & Noble is located in Bay Plaza at 290 Baychester Ave. in the Bronx . Store Hours: Sun 10:00am-8:00pm; Mon-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Events sometimes change and new ones are sometimes added. Please call 718-862-3945 to confirm. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Jan 13, 7:00pm Workshop / Barnes & Noble / Bay Plaza
Writers Workshop - Barnes & Noble is located in Bay Plaza at 290 Baychester Ave. in the Bronx. Store Hours: Sun 10:00am-8:00pm; Mon-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Events sometimes change and new ones are sometimes added. Please call 718-862-3945 to confirm. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Jan 17, 7:30pm Book Reading & Signing / College of Mount St. Vincent's Hayes Auditorium
Book Reading & Signing by Frank McCourt -- Paperbacks Plus and The College of Mount Saint Vincent are honored to present Frank McCourt who will read from his latest novel, Teacher Man, followed by a Q&A with the audience. After the program, he will sign copies of his books. Admission is free, but ticket holders will have preferred seating for the event. You'll receive two tickets to the event if you purchase Teacher Man now at Paperbacks Plus or that evening at the door. Teacher Man (published by Scribner) is Frank McCourt's long-awaited book about how his thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer. In bold and spirited prose featuring his irreverent wit and heartbreaking honesty, he records his trials, triumphs and surprises in the classroom. His dogged devotion to storytelling not only won over students but led to a new life of literary fame. The College of Mount Saint Vincent is located at 6301 Riverdale Avenue at West 263rd Street in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Free parking on campus. For additional information, call 718-796-3119 or visit www.paperback-plus.com.

Jan 19, 6:00pm Storytime / Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza
Children's Craft & Storytime - Barnes & Noble is located in Bay Plaza at 290 Baychester Ave. in the Bronx. Store Hours: Sun 10:00am-8:00pm; Mon-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Events sometimes change and new ones are sometimes added. Please call 718-862-3945 to confirm. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Jan 22, 2:00pm Book Signing / Hebrew Home for the Aged
Book Reading & Signing by Michael Wex -- Paperbacks Plus and The Hebrew Home for the Aged are proud to present Michael Wex, author of Born to Kvetch, who will give a talk and sign copies of his wise and wickedly funny celebration of Yiddish. Books will be available for purchase at the event. There is no admission charge. Parking is available. The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale is located at 5901 Palisade Avenue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. For additional information, call 718-796-3119 or visit www.paperback-plus.com.

Jan 26, 6:00pm Storytime / Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza
Children's Craft & Storytime - Barnes & Noble is located in Bay Plaza at 290 Baychester Ave. in the Bronx. Store Hours: Sun 10:00am-8:00pm; Mon-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Events sometimes change and new ones are sometimes added. Please call 718-862-3945 to confirm. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Jan 26, 8:00pm Poetry / Open Mike at Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery*
Open Mike Poetry Night
- If you are interested in participating, please call or e-mail elliott@starvingartistonline.com. And if you want to be part of the audience, call or e-mail as well! For information, please call 718-885-3779. For additional information, visit www.starvingartistonline.com. Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery is located at 249 City Island Avenue in the City Island section of the Bronx.

Jan 27, 7:00pm Book Group / Barnes & Noble / Bay Plaza
Fiction & Literature - Barnes & Noble is located in Bay Plaza at 290 Baychester Ave. in the Bronx. Store Hours: Sun 10:00am-8:00pm; Mon-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Events sometimes change and new ones are sometimes added. Please call 718-862-3945 to confirm. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Jan 28, 3:30pm Book Group / Barnes & Noble / Bay Plaza
African American Women's Studies - Barnes & Noble is located in Bay Plaza at 290 Baychester Ave. in the Bronx. Store Hours: Sun 10:00am-8:00pm; Mon-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Events sometimes change and new ones are sometimes added. Please call 718-862-3945 to confirm. www.barnesandnoble.com.

Jan 30 8:00pm Poetry Reading / Johnny O's
Featured Reader TBA -- An open mic follows each month's featured reader. Prose, music, monologues, and short scenes, as well as poetry, are always welcomed by open mic participants. Tonight's event is part of Johnny O's Hidden Treasure Series, hosted and produced by Mindy Matijasevic, a Bronxite, writer, mother, instructor, and actress. Johhny O's is located at 2152
Westchester Avenue off Purdy Street, half a block from the Castle Hill stop on the #6 train in the Bronx. For information on this evening's reading, visit Mindy's website or call 718-792-6078.

Feb 1, 7:30pm Poetry / Downtown Bronx Bar & Café
Disco Reading -- Featured Reader: Charles Rice Gonzalez. Readings in theme with Longwood's Do You Think I'm Disco exhibit. An open mic session will follow. Visit BCA's website and click on the trolley icon for details on this evening's poetry event. The Downtown Bronx Bar & Cafe is located at 141 East 149th Street on the corner at Walton Avenue (just a block and a half from Hostos Community College) in the Bronx. This is a free event of BCA's First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley. For further information on the Bronx Culture Trolley, call 718-931-9500 x33 or visit www.bronxarts.org.

Feb 2, 6:00pm Storytime / Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza
Children's Craft & Storytime - Barnes & Noble is located in Bay Plaza at 290 Baychester Ave. in the Bronx. Store Hours: Sun 10:00am-8:00pm; Mon-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Events sometimes change and new ones are sometimes added. Please call 718-862-3945 to confirm. www.barnesandnoble.com.

ONGOING

Free Events at the New York Public Library
The New York Public Library offers a variety of free events, exhibitions, tours and classes for children, adults, and young adults at its many branch locations. Activities include books & poetry, computer classes, exhibitions, film, lectures, music, picture book hours, special programs, story hours, theater, video, and workshops. Visit www.nypl.org/events/branchevents.cfm to find out about the New York Public Library's free offerings at a branch near you.

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DATED OPPORTUNITY LISTINGS

CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAM offered at Adelphi University. Judith Baumel (BRIO winner for poetry) is the Director of Creative Writing at Adelphi University on Long Island where she is starting an MFA in creative writing program that will allow students to study Poetry, Fiction and Playwrighting. The program is scheduled to launch in January 2006 and is currently accepting applications for admission. Basic information about the program can be found at http://academics.adelphi.edu/artsci/creativewriting/. The application and information about the application process, tuition assistance and financial aid is available at: http://admissions.adelphi.edu/Grad. We will start reading applications for the first admitted class in January 2006. Most classes will be either 4:00- 6:30pm or 7:00-9:30pm. Calculate tuition using the following page from the registrar's web site. http://ecampus.adelphi.edu/sfs/tuition_fees.php. Most classes are 4 credits each. For additional information, e-mail baumel@adelphi.edu. baumel@adelphi.edu.

ARTIST AND WRITER RESIDENCIES: The Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM) is inviting artists and writers in all disciplines to apply for our residency program. Application forms are available on the web at www.sfai.org. Successful applicants will be eligible to spend from one to three months at a preeminent contemporary residency program in the Southwest. Application fee: $25.00. For information, e-mail swilson@sfai.org. Application Deadline: Jan 6, 2006.

2006 SUMMER FELLOWSHIP CALL FOR ENTRIES: Artists and writers who live in New York State are invited to apply for month-long summer residencies at the Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, New York. 2006 Summer Fellowship Categories: (1) Poetry; (2) Prose (Fiction and Creative Nonfiction); (3) Photography; (4) Painting, Sculpture and other visual arts. Each artist has a private apartment and bath with ample working space (including large studios for the painters and a black and white darkroom for photographers.) All studios include a balcony or a patio. Five artists are in residence in each session: One poet, one prose writer, one photographer and two painters and other visual artists. Our colony chef serves delicious vegetarian meals on weeknights and the kitchen is kept stocked with basic supplies so that residents may make other meals for themselves. The summer fellowship competition is open to all artists and writers throughout the entire state of New York (including NYC). Application/Entry Fee: $10.00. Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, 435 Ellis Hollow Creek Road , Ithaca , NY 14850. For information, call 607-539-3146, e-mail info@saltonstall.org, or visit www.saltonstall.org. Application Deadline: Jan 15, 2006.

CALL FOR ENTRIES -- 2006 SALTONSTALL FOUNDATION GRANTS: The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (Ithaca, NY) annually awards grants of $5,000 to writers and artists who live in the central and western counties of New York. See www.saltonstall.org for list of eligible counties. Grant categories change annually. 2006 Grant Categories: (1) Poetry. (2) Creative nonfiction - A prose form that, while dependent on observation of the actual world and often on personal memory, also dependslike fictionon the imaginative abilities of the writer. The genre includes the personal essay, the memoir, the meditative reflection, and other examples of writing capable of transcending mere fact to provide aesthetic pleasure and insight. Often confused with journalism, creative nonfiction celebrates the integrative and revelatory. Recent examples of the form can be found in the prose of James Baldwin, Annie Dillard, Andre Dubus, and Stephen Jay Gould. (3) Works on Paper Includes printmaking, drawing, painting, collage and other two dimensional media on paper (excluding computer generated images.) (4) Photography Digital and traditional. Application/Entry Fee: $10.00. Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, 435 Ellis Hollow Creek Road, Ithaca, NY 14850. www.saltonstall.org. For information call 607-539-3146 or e-mail info@saltonstall.org. Application Deadline: Jan 15, 2006.

NORTON ISLAND RESIDENCY, EASTERN FRONTIER EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION (Bedford, NY): Artist and Writer's Residency Program in Down East, Maine. Two sessions of 10 residents each. Visit our website, www.easternfrontier.org. Application/Entry Fee: $20.00. Eastern Frontier Educational Found. Steve Dunn, 446 Long Ridge Road, Bedford, NY 10506. Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2006.

SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT FOR APRIL's THE ONE FESTIVAL: We are currently accepting submissions for the 1st Annual The ONE Festival. Presented by TEATRO LA TEA and CAICEDO PRODUCTIONS. This new exciting festival will begin in April 2006 for a charming spring Month. The ONE Festival, will have a two-week theatrical run From April 10th - 23rd, with multi-talented Playwrights and Performing Artists from all over the world. This 1st annual event will showcase theatrical works from men and Women of solo performances. The ONE Festival, will accept 10 original non-published theatrical works; full-length and Shorts. Each work will perform three times during the festival. One of the theatrical works produced by the festival will receive a $500 dollar cash prize, plus a full theatrical production at TEATRO LA TEA, at The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center in NYC's Lower East Side . The best play chosen will be judged by the audience. The audience gets to vote for their favorite play. The Play will need to receive a total amount of 75 votes or more to be categorized for the finalists and cash prize. Submission for The ONE Festival 2006, please mail: $30-Full Length/$15-Shorts submission fee/w 2 copies of each of the following: (1) Playwrights bio. Please include: name, address, telephone number and email address; (2) Treatment of theatrical work; (3) Complete script of theatrical work; (4) Actor/director/crew bios, if available; (5) Description of Set and Props. (6) Include SASE if you would like materials returned. Please send submissions and fees payable to Caicedo Productions or Teatro LA TEA (no drop-ins) to: Caicedo Productions, 7304 5th Avenue, PMB 184, Brooklyn, NY 11209 or Teatro La Tea, 107 Suffolk Street, Suite 200, New York, New York 10002, Attention: Veronica Caicedo. For More information please call Veronica Caicedo at 212-529-1948. Deadline: Postmarked by Feb 10, 2006.

SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT FOR PUBLISHING CONTEST: At Airleaf we are already thinking about the 2006 Holiday Season! (Bookstores start buying in June.) There is a great deal of demand and we need more Holiday books to sell. Is your book the next How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Submissions can be sent in any format including a paper manuscript. They must be less than 20,000 words to be considered. Each entry will receive a free review. We will publish and sell the winning Holiday Book for free! There is no cost to enter this contest. For further information, contact Brien Jones, Author Consultant. Airleaf Publishing, LLC, 35 Industrial Drive, Suite 104, Martinsville, IN 46151. Phone: 800-342-6068; E-Mail: brien@airleaf.com. www.airleafclub.com. Entry Deadline: Feb 28, 2006.

SHORT FICTION CONTEST: Seeking short stories or fiction excerpts under 8000 words for publication and $1000. For complete guidelines contact: Tobias Wolff Award, Bellingham Review, Mail Stop 9053, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225 or www.wwu.edu/~bhreview. Submission Deadline: Mar 16, 2006.

DIRECT ART MAGAZINE, VOLUME 13: Sixth Annual Competition for publication in Volume 13 of Direct Art Magazine, Fall/Winter 2006 issue. Twenty six awards over $22,000.00 in value including covers of magazine and feature articles. $30 for four; $5 each additional. SlowArt Productions (Phoenicia, NY). For prospectus, visit www.slowart.com/prospectus. For additional information, e-mail slowart@aol.com. Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2006.

CALL FOR UNPUBLISHED POETRY COLLECTIONS: Seeking 50-150 page poetry collections, originally in English, for publication. Entry fee. Contact: University of Iowa Press, Iowa Poetry Prize, 100 Kuhl House, 119 W Park Rd, Iowa City, IA 52242 or 319-335-2000 or www.uiowapress.org or holly-carver@uiowa.edu. Submission must be postmarked during the month of April 2006.

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

ART & PUBLIC RELATIONS SERVICES: Lotus Promotions' mission is to maximize the career potential of artists, playwrights, and musicians by designing a public relations strategy that will bring their unique creative vision to the world. For information, contact: Yvette M Pennacchia, Art & Public Relations Consultant, at 917-415-7439 or yvettempennacchia@yahoo.com. www.lotuspromotions.com.

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS: Writing Magazine needs how-to & inspirational articles for writer, with emphasis on the writing of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children's & young adult literature. Feature articles 2000-3000 words, columns & departments 800-1000 words. Rates for articles range from 450 for book reviews to $300-500 for columns & $350 to $800 for features, depending on length, complexity & research required. Payment on acceptance. Contact: www.writermag.com or www.writermag.com/wrt/static/sudmissionguidelines.shtml.

CALL FOR PLAYWRIGHTS IN THE BRONX AND BEYOND: A new Bronx-based multicultural theatre ensemble, and new play development lab, Actors Without Spaces, is seeking original submissions primarily from playwrights of color from all of the five boroughs.  All contemporary, experimental, and provocative styles and subjects, one-acts and full-length stage plays only, small casts preferred. No musicals, no children's plays. AWS seeks to counteract the pervasive discrimination and isolation that minority playwrights continue to face in the theatre by providing developmental/dramaturgical support such as a bi-monthly play reading series, workshop productions of original works, theatre festivals, and panel discussions with professional theatre artists. Send bio, synopsis, ten-page sample of most current work to Actors Without Spaces c/o Desi Moreno-Penson, Artistic Director, 9 Metropolitan Oval, #7A, Bronx, New York 10462. Submissions will also be considered for Uptown Local/Singular Scenes Staged Readings events at Kingsbridge Library sponsored by the Bronx Writers Center.

CARNEGIE FUND FOR AUTHORS' GRANTS-IN-AID PROGRAM offers emergency assistance to qualified authors of published books who have experienced a financial emergency. Grants vary according to need. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. For more information on how to apply, write Carnegie Fund for Authors, 1 Old Country Place, Carle Place, NY 11514.

THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS offers many opportunities for artists and writers. To find out more, visit the Center's website at www.centerforbookarts.org.

DIRECTORY OF AMERICAN POETS AND FICTION WRITERS: The new Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers is available on Poets & Writers' Web site: www.pw.org/directry. The directory is comprised of listings for over 5,000 contemporary poets and fiction writers, including contact information, publication credits, literary agents, work preferences (whether the writer is interested in giving readings and workshops), etc. The directory is a must for writers interested in connecting with their peers. It's also a valuable resource for literary agents, editors, reading series curators, and workshop coordinators. All poets, fiction writers, and spoken word artists are encouraged to apply.

HAVE YOU WRITTEN A PLAY OR MUSICAL? Send a copy of the full script and/or CD (if available) to: The Genesius Guild, The Script Club, 520 Eighth Ave., 3rd Floor, Ste.# 330, New York, NY 10018. Please allow up to 9 months for a response.

INNOVATIVE STAGES IS SEEKING SCRIPTS ...for our monthly Staged Reading Series. Please spread the word or send your one-act or full-length play or musical, small cast preferred, to scripts@innovativestages.com Playwrights must be present at all three Staged Readings held over the course of a weekend -- usually the second weekend of the month at 3 locations in lower Westchester. For further information, please visit our website: www.innovativestages.com.

NYC/WESTCHESTER ARTISTS & WRITERS: Gallery Photo (Dobbs Ferry, NY) offers a full-service photography studio, digital images, giclee prints, slides, 4 x 5's, portraits, 20 years experience, discounts for volume. For information, call 914-674-0649 or visit www.galleryportrait.com.

NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ'S FIFTH NIGHT FILM AND MEDIA PROJECT presents fully-cast, staged readings of original screenplays of works by national and international screenwriters. The venue is located in New York City 's East Village . The program provides services in finding a director, casting director, and cast for readings. There is a $15 application fee. Scripts must be less than 80 pages and should be sent to The Fifth Night, PO Box 20328, Tompkins Square Station, New York, NY 10009.

POETRY COMPETITION seeking poetry of all styles, lengths addressing issues of social concern. Previously published poems accepted. For more info contact: Ave Jeanne, Black Bear Review, 1916 Lincoln St., Corydon, PA, 19021.

REVIEWERS NEEDED: OOBR needs somewhat experienced reviewers for their comprehensive coverage of off-off-Broadway. Pay is $15 per review, plus free tickets to shows, of course. Work at your own schedule, as many shows as you can handle. No minimum requirement. For more info, contact John at jchatter@oobr.com.

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS: PORTRAIT Magazine, a pocket-sized quarterly journal, features the work of one visual artist and one writer per issue. The editors are seeking submissions of previously unpublished written work (fictional portraits, autobiographical or biographical pieces) of about 5,000 words and up to 10 high-quality reproductions of visual portraiture. Please see web site: www.portraitsketch.com.

UNPUBLISHED POETRY & NOVEL AWARD: Seeking unpublished 60+ page poetry collections and 50,000+ word novel for publication and advance against royalties. Open to writers who have not previously published in the category under submission. Entry fee. Contact: First Series Awards for Poetry & The Novel Mid-List Press 4324 12th Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55407. www.midlist.org. guide@midlist.org. Submissions are ongoing.

WRITERS WORKSHOP at Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza - Barnes & Noble is located in Bay Plaza at 290 Baychester Ave. in the Bronx. Store Hours: Sun 10:00am-8:00pm; Mon-Sat 9:00am-10:00pm. All events are free and open to the public. Events sometimes change and new ones are sometimes added. Please call 718-862-3945 to confirm. www.barnesandnoble.com. Every Second Friday of the Month at 7:00pm.

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5.       BCA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

INTENSIVE ARTHANDLERS TRAINING PROGRAM
An Ongoing Program of BCADC's Fine Arts & Technical Services Bureau

The Intensive Arthandlers Training Program provides arts institutions with a short but effective career enhancement program for their artists, as well as new hires, mid-level technical staff and administrative staff with risk management responsibilities. The program is designed as a forum and stresses the practical application of generally accepted principles of art handling. During a typical program period, 15 to 20 working artists and museum personnel are trained for employment in museums, galleries, corporations and auction houses throughout NYC and the metropolitan area.

An Arthandler is responsible for the maintenance of fine art works and artifacts, including intake and preparation, packing and shipping, and exhibition installation and dismantling. The training program was designed to enhance the skills of the traditional pool of arthandlers; artists and arts institution personnel who wish to support themselves in arts and cultural institutions, while satisfying a critically important need of the industry. Since its implementation in 1998, the demand for quality arthandlers has exceeded our supply.

NEW PARTICIPANTS ARE INVITED TO APPLY!
Visit BCA's Arthandlers Web Pages for Information on the Next Arthandlers Training Cycle

To qualify for this training program, participants must have institutional support. Sponsor institutions may recommend full-time, part-time, and temporary employees as well as freelancers. BCADC will strive to achieve a balance in work specialties and scope; however enrollment will be weighted at the apprentice level.

Participants receive a credit counseling and financial planning seminar, a workshop in legal and tax issues, and independent contracting, and career development.

BCADC coordinates community-based services and functions as job developers to assist participants with careers in arts establishments. The program makes referrals to Adult Education course work, including ESL, GED, computer operation classes and Commercial Driver Licensing classes for those requesting it.

The yearly salary for an experienced full-time arthandler ranges from $20,000 to $60,000 or $15.00 to $35.00 per hour for temporary workers. Also, most employers offer benefit packages for full-time employees valued at $1,500 to $5,000 per year.

The Development Corporation will conduct a review of applications, interview, and one or more orientation sessions to determine applicant eligibility and level of interest.

Applicants must:
1. Have basic verbal, mathematical, and measuring skills;
2. Demonstrate an appropriate degree of physical strength and agility;
3. Be familiar with hand tools such as hammers, saws, and screwdrivers, pliers and wrenches and their safe use;
4. Be familiar with elementary construction materials, such as drywall, framing materials, and lumber;
5. Demonstrate care and accuracy in any related field.

A copy of the application can be found on www.bronxarts.org/gp_bcadc_ah_application.pdf. For more information on the Arthandlers program, contact BCADC Director Kim Hamilton-Shakir at 718-401-9558 or finearts@bronxarts.org.

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THE ARTISANS INITIATIVE

The Artisans Initiative, a program of BCADC, is designed to provide outreach, services and training to underrepresented artisans of the Diaspora. The program's goal is to cultivate a viable cultural and economic asset within our communities by providing technical assistance, tips on marketing and valuable small business training.

We define Folk Art as works of art originating among the common people of a given nation or region and such work reflects the traditional culture of that area. These can be 'everyday' or seasonal festival items produced by unschooled artists. Artisans and folk artists are people that create works such as handmade jewelry, leather goods, pottery, textiles, and clothing to name a few.

Our main focus includes, but is not limited to, immigrant and/or refugee communities residing in the Bronx and the artists who use their art to perpetuate and preserve cultural practices. We strive to encourage the use of one's culture as an asset and a tool for community empowerment. We will determine eligibility for participation based on the quality of the craftsmanship and the individual's desire to pursue their interest in their craft. We intend to provide the services and programming necessary to maximize the impact of the economic and cultural assets of these fine additions to our neighborhoods. We believe technical support, loan and grant opportunities, marketing via traditional means, as well as e-commerce, can help them improve the quality of life for all involved.

Career Development in the form of small business management counseling and pre-marketplace marketing workshops to ensure merchant productivity will be offered to participants. Additionally, BCADC coordinates community-based services and functions as market developers to assist participants in launching independent careers as entrepreneurs.

To be considered for the Artisans Initiative program, candidates must:
* Be an immigrant or be a descendant of immigrants/refugees;
* Create original works/contemporary crafts that he/she is willing to sell;
* Be able to produce enough products to sell.

For more information on the Artisans Initiative program, contact Project Coordinator Lisa Curran at 718-401-9558 or
Lisa@bronxarts.org.

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February 1, 2006 -- 5:30-8:30pm
and
March 1, 2006 -- 5:30-8:30pm

Artisans Marketplace at Hostos Community College Atrium

Bronx craft artisans assemble in Hostos' Atrium with a fine selection of hand-crafted, contemporary & traditional art. Enjoy affordable, collectible handmade crafts by the artists who created them. Craft items include: Art collectables, bath salts, beadwork, candles, ceramics, clothing, crafts, crochet accessories, crochet hats, crystal jewelry, evening wraps, favors, folklore dolls, fragrances, greeting cards, jewelry, oils, personal care products, religious worship articles, rosaries, scarves, soaps, textiles, woodcarving, and woodwork. Hostos is located at 450 Grand Concourse at 149th Street. Click here for directions.

For additional information, contact Lisa Curran of the Bronx Council on the Arts at 718-931-9500 or lisa@bronxarts.org, or visit www.bronxarts.org.

The Artisans Marketplace is an event of BCA's First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley.

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6.       HEALTH RELATED INFORMATION FOR THE ARTS COMMUNITY

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SLEEP POSITION MAY AFFECT BREATHING IN CHILDREN

A new study found young children with obstructive sleep apnea who sleep on their backs appear to have more sleep-disturbing breathing problems. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is a condition in which airways become blocked periodically during sleep and breathing stops for brief periods. The severity of obstructive sleep apnea is measured using the respiratory disturbance index (RDI). Children who slept on their backs had higher RDI levels than those who slept in other positions. The researchers also found that the longer a child slept on his back, the higher his RDI levels. The findings indicate that the severity of obstructive sleep apnea in children who do not sleep on their backs very often may be under-diagnosed.

For the full article: http://go.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=10355799&src=eDialog/GetContent

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HEALTH EXPERTS SAY COMMUNITIES SHOULD FOCUS ON
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS TO CURB OBESITY IN UNDERSERVED AREAS

Health experts say that several recent studies on the prevalence of fast food restaurants and obesity in low-income neighborhoods highlight a need for communities to focus on the effect of community design and environment on residents' lifestyle choices, the Passaic County Herald News reports. In a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), University of London researchers found that fast food restaurants are more prevalent in underserved neighborhoods in England and Scotland than in wealthier communities, and a similar study published in AJPM last year revealed that predominantly African-American, low-income neighborhoods in New Orleans had 2.4 fast food restaurants per square mile, compared with 1.5 fast food restaurants per square mile in wealthier neighborhoods. Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, says these studies demonstrate that the community environment affects residents' lifestyle decisions, noting that many low-income minority neighborhoods lack access to grocery stores and safe exercise areas. Health advocates say communities can work to create healthier environments by restricting the distance between schools and fast food restaurants; providing tax incentives for grocery stores to open in inner cities; and applying a "fat tax" to fast food purchases and using the money generated to create public education campaigns about obesity. However, a representative from the food industry-backed Center for Consumer Freedom says that imposing regulations that restrict people's food choices is "patronizing and counterproductive" and recommends incorporating nutrition education into school curriculum to encourage personal responsibility (Adler, Passaic County Herald News, 11/15/05).

http://www.rwjf.org/portfolios/features/digest.jsp?iaid=138&id=86612

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NYC HEALTH DEPARTMENT LAUNCHES NEW INITIATIVES TO PREVENT CHILDHOOD OBESITY

In an effort to prevent childhood obesity, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has created several new initiatives. These measures - ranging from educational campaigns to innovative physical activity training - enlist parents, caregivers, and educational staff to help prevent what is today the most significant health threat to young children in the U.S.: overweight and obesity.

http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr/pr114-05.shtml

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SELF-MEDICATION THE NORM FOR SOME YOUNG ADULTS

A growing number of young Americans are self-medicating with various prescription drugs, whether or not the drugs were actually prescribed to them, the New York Times reported Nov. 17.

Some use the ADHD drug Ritalin as a stimulant when they need an after-work boost before a night on the town; others give tranquilizers like Ativan to friends based on a distinctly nonprofessional diagnosis of "anxiety disorder." New York resident Katherine K., who did not want her full name used, says she gave Ativan to a friend after trading some Vicodin to her boyfriend for the pills. "I acquire quite a few medications and then dispense them to my friends as needed; I usually know what I'm talking about," she said. Such self-medication is becoming common practice among many people in their 20s and 30s, who see the value in antidepressants and other medications but are skeptical of doctors' exclusive right to prescribe the drugs. Many find the drugs on the Internet; others lie to doctors to get the drugs they want.

In many cases, experts say, such abuse of prescription drugs differs from use of substances like marijuana or cocaine in that users are often looking to feel better, not get high. Users are often very familiar with the drugs they take, having been prescribed medications for ADHD, depression, or other problems from their teenage years forward. But health experts worry that such users may not be aware of problems caused by drug interaction, dosage limitations, and other risks.

"There's this increasingly widespread attitude that 'we are our own best pharmacists,'" said Bessie Oster, director of Facts on Tap, a prevention program for college students. "You'll take something, and if it's not quite right, you'll take a little more or a little less, and there's no notion that you need a doctor to do that."

Many self-medicators say they feel empowered by their choices and deny that their behavior is abusive or unethical. "It's not like we're passing out Oxycontin, crushing it up and snorting it," said Katherine. "I don't think it's unethical when I have the medication that someone clearly needs to make them feel better to give them a pill or two."

http://www.jointogether.org/y/0,2521,578645,00.html

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY-THE FLEDGLING FUND

Through its Collaborative Community Health Care Initiative, The Fledgling Fund supports community-based organizations that are working to improve the health of individuals and families in New York City 's underserved communities, particularly projects designed to assist underserved Latino populations. The Fund is particularly interested in projects that take an innovative approach to health improvement and that consider the range of factors, such as technology, housing, and education, which can be used to improve health outcomes. Letters of inquiry for its spring funding cycle are due by December 15th.

More information about The Fledgling Fund, its grant guidelines, and the application process can be found at www.thefledglingfund.org.

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FACT SHEET ON EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION

The Kaiser Family Foundation has also prepared this two-page fact sheet, highlighting key trends and policies on women's access to emergency contraception.

http://www.kff.org/womenshealth/3344-03.cfm

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SOUTH BRONX AIR POLLUTION, ASTHMA LINKED -- STUDY

The November 11, 2005 New York Daily News reported on a recent study conducted by researchers at NYU, which has confirmed what many residents of the South Bronx have long suspected: air pollution is worse there than elsewhere in the city. According to the study, this is likely a factor in the above-average rates of asthma in that area. In the South Bronx, 17% of children have asthma, twice the average rate in the city overall and three times the national average. The NYU team used a mobile lab to measure pollution levels on the ground at eight sites, including four public schools. The team also analyzed samples collected by some local students, who were provided with special wheeled book bags fitted with instruments for taking air samples. The State Department of Environmental Conservation measures air quality from rooftop stations around the city, but the team from NYU took samples at ground level, where people live and breathe.

For the full article: http://www.nydailynews.com/boroughs/story/364456p-310309c.html

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IMPROVED PARENT COMMUNICATION COULD CUT ASTHMA HOSPITALIZATIONS

According to a new study from the Medical College of Wisconsin, improving communication between parents and health-care providers could significantly reduce the number of hospitalizations for children with asthma. Researchers surveyed the parents and health-care providers of 230 children admitted to an urban hospital over 14 months for asthma, and found that most had not visited or contacted a physician before being hospitalized. The study also found that as many as half of children's asthma-related hospital visits could be prevented with improved parent-physician communication regarding medications, triggers, and other asthma-care issues. Study results can be found in the October issue of Pediatrics.

Read the full article at: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2005-10/mcow-mco092705.php

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BREAST-FEEDING MAY HELP STOP DIABETES

Breast-feeding is thought to protect babies from developing diabetes. Now research suggests it might even help keep their mothers from getting the disease, too. A study found that the longer women nursed, the lower their risks of developing diabetes. The findings are far from conclusive, but the researchers say breast-feeding may change mothers' metabolism in ways that make the possible connection plausible.

The new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, involved 157,000 nurses who participated in two long-running health studies. They filled out periodic health questionnaires and were followed for at least 12 years. During the study, 6,277 participants developed type 2 diabetes.

http://main.diabetes.org/site/R?i=ptOe5PhFb2K11bu21_enmA

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POTENTIAL MOMS ARE MISSING THE FOLIC ACID MESSAGE

Source: Health Day News, December 4, 2005

Too many women of child-bearing age just don't get it - folic acid, that is. Despite years of public health campaigns telling women who are capable of getting pregnant to take in enough folic acid every day to prevent birth defects, the message isn't getting through. Fewer women are getting enough of the B vitamin, according to a recent report from the March of Dimes. The number of women in the United States taking folic acid supplements to prevent birth defects dropped from 40 percent in 2004 to 33 percent this year, the report stated. Other than repeating the message about the importance of folic acid, most public health officials can't decide what else might persuade women to follow the advice. But at least one expert says that, perhaps, the focus should shift to just a simple message to take your vitamins daily, since most supplements contain adequate folate. "I think it's basic education," said Dr. Tsunenobu Tamura, a professor of nutrition science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham , who has focused on folic acid in his research. "If we are aware that it is important then we tend to take it. It's awareness."

For the full article: http://www.babycenter.com/news/?id=528978&scid=preconception:20051212:0:0:0#story

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