A pioneering advocate for cultural equity, the Bronx Council on the Arts nurtures the development of a diverse array of artists and arts organizations and builds strong cultural connections in and beyond The Bronx.
In April of 2011, BCA made a public announcement of an incredible gift: thanks to a donation by JPMorgan Chase, and the extraordinary efforts of then-Mayor Bloomberg, Congressman Joseph Crowley, and Councilman Jimmy Vacca, we would soon have a brand new home. Located in a former Washington Mutual branch in Westchester Square, it was a watershed moment acknowledging arts and culture as a critical part of Bronx life.
Fast forward 8 years, and we can now call 2700 East Tremont Avenue our permanent new home. Overseen by the NYC Department of Design and Construction and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the building features an inviting façade and program space, and is double the size of our decades-long headquarters on Hone Avenue.
Stay tuned for more announcements about the inaugural event, open houses, programs and more!
Who We Are
Founded by visionary community leaders in 1962, the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is dedicated to advancing cultural equity in the Bronx. From creative placemaking and arts advocacy to the provision of services for artists and arts organizations, as well as programming for children and seniors, BCA was the first organization in the Bronx to focus equally on supporting local artists, serving the community, and catalyzing relationships between the two.
Since its founding, BCA has focused on the work of underrepresented groups, especially artists of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community. We provide direct services to over 1,000 artists and 250 community-based arts groups each year, and thanks to our granting programs, we are able to touch the lives of over thousands of audience members.
Over the years, BCA has adapted its programs to serve the ever-changing needs of the borough. From our roots as a provider of affordable arts programming in a handful of Bronx neighborhoods, we have evolved into a cultural hub that now serves the entire borough. In 1981, we began adding to our core programs with the launch of dedicated initiatives for which we are now well known – Longwood Arts Project, the area’s first artist-led and community-based gallery space for visual artists (1981); four distinct city- and state-funded grant programs including the prestigious Bronx Recognizes its Own (BRIO) Award, which provides direct support to artists and small arts organizations (1989); and an array of technical assistance initiatives that provide resources for artists.
Over its 55-year history, BCA has launched the careers of thousands of artists and has helped sustain and support dozens of artist collectives and cultural organizations. A new chapter of our history began in 2015 with the acquisition of our first program space: a 7,300 sq. ft. facility in Westchester Square, donated by Chase Bank. Our $6M capital campaign was underwritten entirely by city and borough agencies, testifying to the deep and historic impact that BCA has had on the cultural life of the city. We are slated to open our new doors in the spring of 2019.
Co-Chairperson and Treasurer
Deputy Director, Finance & Operations, Studio Museum of Harlem
Executive Director, BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
Partnership Liaison Manager, NYC Department of Homeless Services
Director, Ace Productions
Attorney, The Law Offices of Mark McKew, PLLC
Executive Director, Center for Bronx Nonprofits
Executive Director, Bronx Chamber of Commerce
The Bronx Council on the Arts operates efficiently with minimal fundraising and administrative costs. Financial efficiency is one indicator of organizational health, and we conduct independent, external assessments of our finances yearly to ensure compliance and best practices. We are committed to a policy of transparency and disclosure by ensuring that important financial information is publicly available.
- Program Expenses
Certified Nonprofit Organization
The Bronx Council on the Arts is a U. S. registered nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and meets all tax-exempt requirements for a charitable organization as stated by the Internal Revenue Service.