Dear BCA friends and family –
We at the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) are horrified at the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and countless other Black people. Systemic racism and economic inequality have been a challenge facing The Bronx for decades, as is evidenced by the current disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in many of our Bronx communities. Change is long overdue.
BCA was founded to advance cultural equity in the Bronx. For years, we have featured the voices of the marginalized and systemically disempowered, especially those of Black and brown communities. We support art and self-expression in all of its forms, and especially at the intersection of art and social justice. So not only do we stand in support of our community’s demands for justice and action, we know many of our artists, staff and board members have been a part of many justice movements over the decades since our founding.
Great art and cultural expression can take many forms, including that of protest. We will continue to advocate on behalf of those who stand up against injustice and for our Black and brown brothers and sisters.
-BCA Board and Staff