Office Hours with the Commissioner at BCA

The Bronx Times, May 08, 2019

In the 50 years since the Stonewall Uprising, we have witnessed major advancements in visibility for LGBTQ artists and art spaces, many of which are now celebrated and embraced by mainstream culture. In many ways, this is an uplifting example of the power of collective action to spur social progress. However, this triumphant narrative often marginalizes or erases certain LGBTQ-identifying groups, including people of color, queer and transgender, immigrants, people with disabilities, and those with low income and low educational attainment.

Please join us on Monday, May 20, between the hours of 06:30 p.m. – 08:30 p.m., for CreateNYC: Office Hours with the Commissioner “Voices (Un)Heard” at Bronx Council on the Arts, where we’ll explore these issues in depth and try to identify opportunities to collaborate on solutions. We invite all artists, performers, musicians, writers, dancers, arts administrators, culture workers, and residents – whether you are LGBTQ – identifying or an ally – to come ready to participate in this audience-led conversation. How does marginalization affect diverse LGBTQ artists and organizations? How has this relative lack of access to opportunities and resources affected the trajectory of diverse artists and arts groups serving the wider LGBTQ audiences and the general public?

This is part of the ongoing CreateNYC: Office Hours with the Commissioner series, where we ask the public to join us for audience-led discussions of topics relevant to arts and culture. Following a brief introduction, we will facilitate an open-ended conversation driven by attendees.

Please RSVP on Facebook or with our Special Projects Manager Derek Weng, This event is open to the public.

The event will be attended by:

  • Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

  • Viviana Bianchi, Executive Director, Bronx Council on the Arts

  • Representatives from the Stonewall 50 Consortium


Office Hours With The Commissioner At BCA

Venue and Event Accessibility

Guests may enter through the front entrance on East Tremont Avenue or via the back entrance through the parking lot on St Raymond Avenue, both are wheelchair-accessible. The event will take place on the ground level of the venue.

For further information on accessibility or to request an accommodation, please email DCLA’s Disability Service Facilitator at or call 212-513-9376. Requests for accommodation should be made by May 10, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Office Hours With The Commissioner At BCABCA is a proud member of the Stonewall 50 Consortium, an organization uniting nonprofit institutions across New York City in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising and the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Look out for upcoming Stonewall 50 events in the Bronx on our upcoming newsletters and on our social channels!

Bronx Council on the Arts is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Arts Midwest and the National Endowment for the Arts; and City Council members Andrew Cohen and Mark Gjonaj. Also supported in part by the Booth Ferris Foundation, Ovation, New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, Hispanic Federation, the City of New York, and the Department of Youth and Community Development. Special thanks to Hostos Community College and the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture for their support.


Bronx Council on the Arts
2700 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461

Tel.:  …. 718-931-9500
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