Bronx Recognizes its Own (BRIO)

Grant Amount: $5,000

Supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Greater New York Arts Development Fund

Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) provides direct support to individual Bronx artists who create works in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts. BCA awards grants of $5,000 to Bronx artists each year, based solely on artistic excellence. Winners complete a one-time public service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE), an essential component required of all BRIO recipients to be completed within a year of receiving the award. ACE provides artists with additional visibility and demonstrates to the community the wealth of artistic talent available in our borough.

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2019 AWARDEES

Marcia Bradley

Marcia moved to New York in 2014 to attend the graduate writing program at Sarah Lawrence College. After earning her… more

Aliesha Bryan

Emerging as one of the most exciting talents in the New York flamenco community, Aliesha Bryan is turning heads as… more

Melissa Calderon

Self-taught artist Melissa Calderón creates bodies of conceptual work around themes exploring social and political landscapes, drawing upon historical and… more

Benedict Campbell

Benedict Campbell is a writer and director focused on fictional dramas for short and feature films. His interest in filmmaking… more

Howard Cash

Being raised in New York City in the 60s spoke to his awareness of beauty within diverse cultures. Douglass Houses… more

Derrick Charles

Born in 1985 in Bronx, Derrick Michael Charles is an African-American comic book writer currently living in the Coop City… more

Helen Dano

Having spent most of her adult years as a nurse, in retirement, Helen has returned to writing, specifically: poetry. She… more

Dennis Darkeem

As a mixed-blood African American and Native American artist living in the south Bronx, Dennis has found a voice in… more

Carlos Encarnacion-Vazquez

Carlos Wilfredo Encarnación is a visual and teaching artist born and raised in Puerto Rico.  He received his BA from… more

Nicolas Estevez

Nicolas treads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. He has… more

Davalois Fearon

Davalois Fearon, Dance Magazine’s one of  7 Up-and -coming Black Artists to Have on Your Radar, is a Bessie award-winning,… more

Richard Frias

Richard Frias was born and raised in the Bronx. Richard is currently an Employment Advisor for an adult education program… more

Jeanie Friedman

Jeannie is a mixed media artist with strong working-class roots, acutely aware of everyday and extraordinary violence inflicted on girls… more

Alba Garcia

Alba E. García, a BRONX artist is an international award-winning filmmaker. She is currently working on her 4th film Dangerously… more

Sandra Garcia Rivera

Sandra García Rivera has captured audiences throughout the U.S., U.K., and Caribbean as a spoken word poet, and vocalist alongside… more

Stephanie Griffin

Stephanie Griffin is an innovative composer and violist with an eclectic musical vision. Born in Canada and based in New… more

Corinne Grondahl

During her career, Corinne Grondahl’s art has crossed over into different disciplines that utilized recycled and repurposed materials.  One of… more

Carolyn Harrison

After completing her BA in Theatre at Bucknell University and her MA in Directing at Antioch University-McGregor School, Carolyn freelanced… more

Daniel Hauben

Born, raised, and still living in the Bronx, Daniel Hauben’s lifelong artistic focus has been the landscape, especially the urban… more

Justin Hicks

Justin Hicks is a multidisciplinary artist, composer, and vocalist who uses music to investigate themes of identity, labor, American dream… more

Heidi Johnson

Heidi was born in Providence, R.I. and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University,… more

Kiara Jones

Kiara C Jones is a Writer, Director, Producer and the proprietor of Cultivated Films LLC. Her NewYork-based production company champions… more

Laura Kaminsky

Laura Kaminsky, “one of the top 35 female composers in classical music” (The Washington Post), frequently addresses issues including sustainability,… more

Jessica Kirkham

Jessica Kirkham is a documentary and fine art photographer based in the Bronx. Her work explores themes of youth, queer… more

Adeline Lulo

Adeline Lulo was born in Washington Heights, New York and raised in the Bronx. She earned a BFA from Parsons… more

Erik Lundborg

Erik Lundborg found music and started composing at a young age, and at 15 performed his first piano concerto. His… more

William Lung

William Lung received his MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York, where he is also an… more

Vanessa Mártir

Vanessa Mártir is an NYC based writer, educator and writing coach. She is currently completing her memoir, A Dim Capacity… more

Jeremy McQueen

Jeremy McQueen is an award-winning choreographer, dedicated to story-telling rooted in experience and social engagement. His work aims to create… more

Agnes Murray

Agnes Murray’s lithographs, intaglio prints, monotypes, artist’s books, drawings, photographs, watercolors, and oil paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally… more

Elaine Musiwa

Elaine Musiwa is a Zimbabwean-born writer who currently lives in the Bronx. She writes about black identity and the lives… more

Alethea Pace

Alethea Pace is a Bronx-based dancer and choreographer whose work has been presented at New York Live Arts, the Bronx… more

Juan Ramirez

Juan Ramirez, Jr. is an internationally produced writer and a Dramatist Guild member with an MFA from NYU. His latest… more

Lisa Ross

Lisa Ross is a New York-based artist.  She received an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University.  She has exhibited… more

Renee Salandy

Renee uses an autobiographical approach to storytelling to discover topics close to home as a frame of reference to collide… more

Kamala Sankaram

Kamala Sankaram has been praised as “strikingly original” (NY Times) and “new voice from whom we will surely be hearing… more

Jonathan Santiago

Jon Santiago was born in New York City in 1991. His work largely concentrates on America and Puerto Rico, exploring… more

Jairo Serna

Born in Flushing, Queens, Jairo Serna is a first generation American citizen, and child to Colombian immigrants. Currently residing and… more

Pamela Sporn

Pam Sporn is a Bronx based documentary filmmaker, educator, and activist. She loves listening to people tell stories about standing… more

Jorge Valdes

Jorge A. Valdes (JAVA), born in 1956, is a Cuban American self-taught artist living in New York since 1992.  … more

Sydney Valerio

Sydney Valerio is a writer, mother, teacher, youth leadership coach, professor, poet, and performer.  She wrote “Matters”, a one-woman show,… more

Elio Villafranca

Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca is a Steinway Artist, winner of the 2018 Downbeat Critic’s Poll Rising Stars in the Keyboard… more

Imani Wallace

Lyrical Faith is a recent Master’s degree recipient in Higher Education from the Steinhardt School at New York University. Hailing… more

BCA grants are made possible through the generous support of the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) in partnership with the New York City Council; and the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.