The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) advocates for cultural equity and inclusion, and envisions a world in which all people have creative agency, knowledge of and access to the arts. BCA works to eliminate barriers and increase access to the arts in the Bronx by supporting and building the capacity of artists and arts organizations, and connecting institutions and communities.
To forward our advocacy efforts, BCA partners with other organizations, and engages in advocacy campaigns with partners to advance increased support for the arts at the borough, city, state and federal levels.
The Bronx Council on the Arts seeks to connect artists to under-served groups in their local communities through residency opportunities at senior centers and partner organizations. BCA aims to positively impact the well-being of older adults, disconnected youth, the disabled and other populations through multidisciplinary arts activities offered on site. Past activities have included memoir writing, crafting, dance and theater production, and many more. Programming is scattered throughout the Bronx, providing a creative outlet for participants to express themselves.
Artists participating in our residency opportunities receive a stipend and commit to participate in our activities for different periods of time. Our most successful residency program is the SU-CASA initiative, a collaboration among the New York City Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and the City’s five local arts councils. Other residency programs include the BCA Creative Writing Residency at the Morris Park Library at 985 Morris Park Ave. This workshop series teaches participants the basic pillars of fiction writing and helps to develop their skills as fiction writers.
Learn more about the SU-CASA initiative.
The Bronx Council on the Arts seeks to provide artists with the tools and skills necessary to strengthen their artistic careers. Our Professional Development series reflects a two-track learning opportunity for artists. The first track teaches artists how to structure their artistic practice as a business and offers workshops in business planning, intellectual property, marketing, fundraising and more. The second track offers opportunities for craft development, including writing, visual arts, music, and media workshops.
Furthering our goal to connect and amplify artists’ voices and creative output, in the upcoming year, the Bronx Council on the Arts will provide artists with the opportunity to be part of our ed Artist Registry, a comprehensive online database of Bronx-based artists that will serve to showcase artists and their work, as well as act as a clearinghouse for curators, collectors, funders and others looking to find local artists.
The Bronx Council on the Arts serves audiences of over 10,000 residents of the Bronx, one of the country’s most multicultural constituencies, through varied community programs, including gallery exhibitions, artists’ talks and performances, concerts, and other public offerings. Our newly renovated facility in Westchester Square, scheduled to open in the spring of 2019, will allow us to expand our public programming through classroom and performance space open the entire community. Stay tuned for more information on our opening date.
Our current public programming includes the following:
BCA Family Concert Series: This program is offered for free at diverse venues across the borough and featuring live bands performing music styles ranging from Latin Jazz and Hip Hop to popular music.
Artists Engaged Community Talks: BCA seeks to build bridges of understanding among artists and the community. This series of community conversations/forums led by artists working in various disciplines in partnership with cultural, community and social justice organizations, will encourage engaging community discussions about issues of public concern in the Bronx, with a particular focus on how art has been used as a tool for engagement, change, and advocacy. Events include artist interviews, moderated artist panels, as well as guest lectures focused on local social justice issues and the arts.
The Bronx Memoir Project: A community-based writing and publication initiative, the Bronx Memoir Project encourages and embraces a cross-generational and multi-ethnic collective of Bronx residents to tell their stories firsthand. Geared toward avocational/nonprofessional writers, the only requirements for participation are having a residency in the Bronx and a story to tell. In both of its prior cycles, the culminating publication (Bronx Memoir Project Volumes 1 and 2) gathered tales of homecoming, liberty, loss, and love that ranged from riveting to shocking to heartbreaking – a mosaic of colors and textures that could only be produced in a place as dynamic and diverse as the Bronx. Workshops run in the fall and spring. To Learn more about the Bronx Memoir Project, click here
Longwood Arts Project: The Longwood Arts Project is the contemporary visual arts program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, with the mission to support artists and their work, especially emerging artists from underrepresented groups, such as people of color, LGBTQ and women. The Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos presents solo and group exhibitions of works of art produced in various media, or through interdisciplinary practices that connect emerging artists, communities, and ideas within and beyond the Bronx. Our Youth Engagement Program seeks to encourage local youth to embark on a life of ongoing arts and culture engagement. Local children and teens participate in interactive tours of the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, film screenings, photography slideshows, and dance and storytelling events presented by local artists and artisans. Contact Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos at 718-518-6728 or click here to learn more about the Longwood Arts Project