Grant Amount: $4,000

Supported by the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program

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 $4,000 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.

Since its inception in 1989, BRIO has provided more than $1,197,000. to 399 artists. The selection of the awardees are based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted and judged anonymously by a panel of art professionals (different panelists each year) from outside the Bronx and working in each respective field. Over the years, BRIO has grown from ten annual awards of $1500 to over 25 annual awards of $4,000. The Bronx has the unique distinction of being the only borough in New York City to have an ongoing award of this kind for artists.

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2018 AWARDEES

Rebecca Rouss

Rebecca Rouss is a simple human being who is a literature enthusiast. A simple human being who loves melodies and… more

Seyi Adebanjo

Seyi Adebanjo is a Queer gender-non-conforming Nigerian MFA artist. Seyi’s work is the intersection of art, media, imagination, ritual, and… more

Shelley Haven

Shelley Haven is a LES-born, Bronx-based visual artist working in paint, drawing, printmaking and sculptural mediums. A nature enthusiast, she… more

Stefani Saintonge

A Haitian-American filmmaker and educator, in 2014 Stefani Saintonge won the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Discovery Award for her short film,… more

Tammy Wofsey

Tammy Wofsey is a visual artist with a focus in printmaking and book arts. She has established her publishing press and printmaking… more

Thahitun Mariam

Thahitun Mariam is a poet, writer, activist and community organizer. Brought up in a rural village in Bangladesh for the first… more

James Lahti

James Lahti makes his home in the Bronx as a composer, pianist, and conductor. He received his musical training in… more

Jasmine Hearn

Jasmine Hearn is a Bronx-based choreographer, performer, and dancer. Born and raised in Houston, TX, she graduated from Point Park… more

Jennifer Tomaiolo

Jennifer Tomaiolo earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NY, an MFA from Brooklyn College and an… more

Joshunda Sanders

Joshunda Sanders writes fiction, journalism, poetry, and essays. She was the receipt of a 2017 Hedgebrook Writing Residency and a Young… more

Josue Colon-Rosado

Josué Guarionex took his first steps in artistic creation alongside his family: his mother is a fashion designer and his… more

Kayla Hamilton

Kayla Hamilton resides in the Bronx, NY where she is a member of the 2017 Bessie Award-winning cast of the Skeleton… more

Lauren Gohara

Lauren Gohara’s work has been in numerous exhibitions, including most recently at Cluster Gallery and BWAC Gallery in Brooklyn, The… more

Matthew Jefferson

Matthew Jefferson, A.K.A., Kemba was once described by The Fader as “The Lion-Hearted rapper who doesn’t give up,” which might… more

Francisco Cao Gutiérrez

Born in Spain, 1965; Francisco Cao Gutiérrez A.K.A. Paco Cao has resided in New York since 1995. Paco Cao is unfaithful to… more

Paula Nadelstern

Paula Nadelstern lives and makes her quilts on the same block in the Bronx where she was born. She has achieved… more

Philip Bell

Philip Bell is a photographer and filmmaker whose aesthetic is strongly rooted in his visual arts background. He studied Computer… more

Deborah Kahan Kolb

Deborah Kahan Kolb is a native New Yorker currently living in Riverdale, Bronx. Much of her poetry is informed by the… more

Devon Rodriguez

Devon Rodriguez was born and raised in the South Bronx, New York City. Rodriguez is best known for his highly… more

Dianne Sposito

Produced throughout the USA, playwright Dianne Sposito’s works include: Commedia Paradia, Harbledown, Heaven in Your Pocket (official selection of the 2008 NYMF),… more

Dominic Colon

Actor, writer, director, and producer, Dominic is most recognized for his work on The Electric Company. Dominic has appeared in… more

Erik Spink

Erik Spink is a director/producer at Vacant Light a film and media production company based in New York City. He… more

Hannah Leshaw

Hannah Leshaw is a Bronx-based writer and director. Her first three short films, partially funded by the Bronx Council on… more

Heather Archibald

Heather A. Archibald migrated from St. Kitts to New York, where she studied English at Lehman College, earning her Bachelor’s and… more

Hrvoje Slovenc

Hrvoje Slovenc  (b. Zagreb, Croatia, 1976) is a Croatian photographer based in New York. He holds an MFA in Photography… more

Ira Merritt

Ira Meritt has been native Bronx resident for 67 years, married with two grown children. He is recently retired from… more

Afua Ansong

Afua Ansong is a Ghanaian American artist who writes poetry and teaches contemporary and traditional West African dance. A 2015… more

Alicia Santos

Alicia Anabel Santos is a Producer, Playwright, Speaker, Activist, Teaching Artist, Afrolatina Storyteller, and Priestess. She was born in Brooklyn and… more

Annie Legnini

Annie Legnini is a 24 year old artist born and raised in the Bronx.  She graduated from Fordham University in… more

Becky Brown

Becky Brown was born in Manhattan, moved to Brooklyn and currently lives in the Bronx.  She works between painting, drawing, sculpture,… more

Belinda Gallegos

Belinda Gallegos is a photographer born and raised in Mexico. She graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas with a BA… more

Bonafide Rojas

Bonafide Rojas has been a poet for over two decades. No one in his family is an artist. He was… more

Christina Olivares

Christina Olivares is the author of No Map of the Earth Includes Stars (2015), winner of the 2014 Marsh Hawk… more

Cinnamon Willis

Cinnamon Willis was born in Brooklyn New York and is a graduate of the New York College of Technology where… more

C-Rayz Walz

“The charismatic NYC-mainstay Mc C-RAYZ WALZ is lauded as the most versatile and dexterous freestyle MC on the Planet.” “I had… 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.