2015 Funded Projects


Bronx Council on the Arts congratulates the 2015 Arts Fund, Community Arts Grant and Artist for Community grantees and their projects. Grantees won awards to produce, perform and create community engagement projects in the Bronx, taking place between the months of January and December 31, 2015. Most events are free or low cost and can be enjoyed by all ages. The 2015 Funded Projects Page is BCA's way of celebrating our grantees and their upcoming events.


For more information on the projects, contact the funded artist or organization. For information on BCA grants, contact Dalaeja Foreman at


Dennis RedMoon Darkeem

Funded for: Bronx Gentrified

Date: January - November, 2015

Kelly Street Garden| Kelly Street, Bronx NY 10459

Creating a 5 month walking Tour of Art made by Dennis Redmoon Darkeem.Art work will be displayed in the Longwood & Hunts Point area of the Bronx .art work made from interviews of local Bronx neighbors.

January - May 2015
- Interviews with community members
-Working on Artwork
-Connecting with the 20 Organizations ( Layout for map , Meetings,     Organize community Activities )
- working on voice overs for App and website

May – June 2015
- Printing Maps and post cards
- Installing Artwork
- Connecting with press ( Bronx News , NYC Tours , NY1 News,

Daily News )
- Photograph works for Book
June – November 2015
- Begin Bronx Gentrified Art walking tours
- 3 Tours a week A hour in 15 minutes each
- Maintaining Maintenance for each art work & location
- A Culmination event of the Bronx Gentrified Book & Tours


Melanie Gonzalez

Funded for: Discount Saints

Date: TBD 

Location: TBD

Discount Saints is a photo/video series to be exhibited in 2015. The work consists of portraits of Catholic Saints depicted as urban, contemporary caricatures. Inspiration for the series came from growing up around tacky, religious figurines seen in discount stores, Botanicas, and in many Catholic Hispanic homes. The Saints are the "99Cents store" versions of iconic biblical figures: gaudy, from the South Bronx, but still retaining saintly attributes and a Renaissance flair. Along with the images is a music video chronicling around Ghetto Mary, portrayed by the artist herself. The video shows the Saints interacting in a constructed universe, showing through Ghetto Mary’s perspective the death of Jesus. Also being exhibited: an interactive sculpture; an altarpiece built entirely of prayer candles. The gallery will be transformed into an urban chapel of sorts, an ode to the ‘hood.


Davalois Fearon

Funded for: Consider Water

Date: October 17, 2015 (date subject to change)

Location: BAAD | 2474 Westchester Ave, Bronx, NY 10461

One in nine people around the world don't have access to clean drinking water. “Consider Water” is a dance piece inspired by my experiences of limited access to clean drinkable water, when visiting family in Jamaica. Dynamic fluid physicality, original music and visual art as tools to bring attention to the important issues surrounding water today. These issues include water shortage, water pollution, water-related natural disasters, access to clean water, and they affect communities in The Bronx, Detroit, and California, as well as third world countries, to name a few. Part of BAAD's Blaktino Perormance Series.


Bronx Concert Singers

Funded for: 34th Concert Season

Date: May 17 & December 13, 2015

Location: St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church
1891 McGraw Ave, Bronx NY 10462

Spring Choral Collage: Concert of Romantic to Modern works for chorus, orchestra and soloists by Schubert, Beethoven, Faure, Korngold, Brahms, Amy Beach (American 19th/20th c), and others.
Symphonic Holiday Carols: Favorite songs for chorus, orchestra and soloists.



Ivan Velez

Funded for: Comic Culture 2015

Date: see dates below

Location: see below

COMIC CULTURE is a series of programs led by former mainstream cartoonist, Ivan Velez Jr. Using art instruction classes, pop-up gallery shows and art happenings, Comic Culture helps the community investigate and break down the images of our media and cultural mythology. They learn the global origins of our pop culture tapestry... while learning to contribute and create new, self-validating stories and imagery. Comic Culture events and classes hosted at the beloved Bronx Museum of the Arts, Poe Park Visitor's center, Longwood Arts gallery, Bronx Academy of the Arts and the Bronx Library Center for easy access to the community. All admission is free, and art supplies are provided.

New Comic Culture Summer classes start at the Bronx Library Center on Kingsbridge and Fordham.

The first class starts Thursday, June 25th at 4pm. The rest of the classes will be at noon. At The Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Rd, Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 579-4244

You can pre-register and save a spot for your kid by sending me an e-mail at or call 347 427-7553 and leave the kids name, etc...

Thursday, June 25th @ 4pm
Thursday, July 2 @ 12pm
Friday, July 10th @12pm
Friday, July 17th @ 12pm
Friday, July 31st @ 12pm
Friday, August 7th @ 12pm

This program is partly made possible with public funds from the Bronx Council on the Arts through the Department of Cultural Affairs' Greater New York Development Fund Program and the New York Public Library.  


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Young Urban Christians & Artists, Inc.

Funded for: Community Building With the Arts

Date: TBD

Location: South Bronx | TBD

YUCA proposes to collaborate with SinXero (SX) on a 20 x 40 mural project in the Highbridge section of the Bronx. The mural will depict and memorialize Bronx political and social organizations such as the Black Panthers and Young Lords Party with the goal of educating our youth about such groups and utilizing the artistic process as a platform for inspiration in mobilizing youngsters to work toward addressing today’s social problems within their own community. The project will bring the community together to celebrate culture utilizing the visual arts.



Michele Brody

Funded for: CommuniTea

Date: May 30th, 2015 from 1:00 - 3:00pm

Location: Andrew Freedman Home

1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10452

Come join Andrew Freedman Artist-in-Residence Michele Brody for a special Afternoon Tea paired with poetry, music and a uniquely Bronx inspired menu. Tea consultant Jo Johnson and Bronx chef/musician Justin Hicks will be serving an eclectic pairing of SerendipiTea teas with exciting new dishes inspired by the cultural heritage of The Bronx through the ages. Poet Gary Glazner will help lead participants in writing group and individual poems on repurposed tea bags focusing on our experiences of the Bronx and the day's menu. All set to the backdrop of over 900 other Tea stories from around the world and music DJ'd by SpazeCraft One within the sumptuous environment of The Andrew Freedman Home's historic wood paneled library.

There will be a Spanish interpreter and a suggested donation of $5.

May 30, 2015  from 1:00 - 3:00

RSVP is required by May 26th
Limited seating is available
Please call Michele at 646-522-9924
or email


Patrick Rowe and Mobile Print Power

Funded for: Mobile Printmaking At Mott Haven Library

Date: May-August, 2015

Location: Mott Haven Library | 321 E 140th St, Bronx, NY 10454

Mobile Printmaking at Mott Haven Library will introduce the silkscreen printmaking process to youth at Mott Haven Library. Over the course of 8 workshops, youth will learn the silkscreen process using a specially designed mobile silkscreen printmaking cart. They will create a series of collaborative designs with text and image that directly relate to the history of Mott haven and Mott Haven Library. Having developed silkscreen printmaking skills and a body of work, the group will plan and implement a participatory public print event. This culminating event will take place at the library and in the area surrounding the library on Alexander Ave and E 140th st. During this event the public will be invited to print using the mobile cart. Youth will share their printmaking skills and explain the process they used to create their artwork, including how they conducted research and how they were able to work collaboratively.


Nicolas Dumit Estevez

Funded for: Performing the Bronx

Date: Fall 2015

Location: Through out the Bronx

I work with a small group of Bronxites to co-develop with me performative actions that we present together in private or in the Bronx's public realm, focused on the histories that tie these individuals to specific communities and neighborhoods in our borough. These otherwise ephemeral gestures are recorded in photography, video and writings. All of these materials serve as the basis for a future publication.

Performing the Bronx is an expansion of my on-going efforts to generate work with and within different communities in the Bronx. It is also representative of my interest in recovering-reclaiming-remembering histories of the area’s inhabitants that run the risk of being effaced by time, lost in the midst of neighborhoods in flux, or dismissed by dominant discourses that often position themselves at the center of the conversation. With Performing the Bronx I continue to contribute to the archives of the place I call home.


Ellen Bardekoff

Funded for: Bardekova Ensemble Concerts

Date: June - December 2015

Location: Multiple Locations | Bronx

The Bardekova Ensemble is an award-winning ensemble starting its 34th season. Over 40 awards have been given to this organization. It is a non-for-profit organization, whose mission is to bring free and/or moderately priced concerts to people of all ages and economic levels in the Bronx. The organization has been in existence for 33 years. There will also be lectures throughout the concert about the music. This will help the audience to become more familiar with classical, jazz and other musical forms. This project will make it easier for the people of the Bronx to experience this type of music.
The music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Danzi, George M.Cohan, Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin as well as other composers will be performed during the concerts..

July 12,2015 | 3pm Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel
July 15,2015| 2pm The Poe Visitor's Center
September 20,2015 Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel
Dreiser Loop Center TBA arts and eduacation, inc.

Funded for: classical concert series

Dates: March 1, 2015 | April 19, 2015 | June 7, 2015 | October 25, 2015

Location: Church of Mediator | 260 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY 10463 is a concert series in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx that aims to bring classical music at an affordable price to the neighborhood, providing musical experiences for people of all ages. is excited to be presenting this series and to be participating in the cultural enrichment of the diverse and growing neighborhood of Kingsbridge. March 1, will celebrate Women’s History Month and present chamber works composed for women and a recent composition by Welsh composer Hilary Tann. April 19, will present the world premiere of "Divisiamento" by American composer David Keberle, who will be in attendance to discuss his work. June 7, will present a work by American composer Steven Burke, who will also discuss his work. October 25, Copland's Sextet for String Quartet, Clarinet and Piano will be performed. Additionally we will present chamber works by Beethoven, Faure, Haydn, Smetana, and Joaquin Turina.


Nicolas Dumit Estevez in collaboration with Luis Lara Malvacias

Funded for: P.S. [A participatory, movement-based performance]

Date: Fall 2015 - Winter 2016

Location: Longwood/Huntspoint area

P.S. (as in public school) is a participatory-multidisciplinary project combining choreography, pedagogy, and performance art, resulting in a collaborative piece formatted as a live performance and possibly a video, investigating personal and collective spaces in the context of a historic public school in the South Bronx: Casita María. P.S. will evolve out of four hands-on workshops, as well as exercises, conversations and gatherings with the students, the staff, and the communities connected to this organization. The project pays attention to both the neighborhood from which it will emerge and to the immediate site hosting it. P.S. draws inspiration for dance from the objects, props, and routines that its participants employ as part of their daily tasks.


Bronx River Arts Alliance

Funded for: The Amazing Bronx River Flotilla and Fish FestivalHaven Library

Date: June 6, 2015 | 12-4pm

Location: The Bronx River Festival: "Hello Herring" | 180th st & Boston Rd

The Amazing Bronx River Flotilla, to be held at Hunts Point Riverside Park on May 2, 2015, is a celebration of the outdoor health and recreation opportunities offered by the Bronx River. Thanks to BCA, Rebecca Bliss and her AfroCuban modern dance group and BombaYo will perform and engage the audience in participatory celebration.

On June 6, at River Park, the Fish Festival will involve the community in the inauguration of the first fish ladder ever built in New York City. 2015 will be the first time in centuries that the alewife herring will be able to migrate up the Bronx River to historic spawning grounds. The Festival is expected to attract the attention of not only local residents, but of people from all over New York City who care about the urban environment. Thanks to BCA, Davalois Fearon will perform her her modern dance piece, Consider Water


New Settlement Apartments

Funded for: Project V.I.P. (Voice, Identity, Power) for girls

Date: May - August, 2015 ( see dates below)

Location: New Settlement | 1514 Townsend Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452

PROJECT V.I.P (Voice, Identity, Power) at New Settlement Apartments encourages girls and young women to express themselves and uncover their strengths through theater and dramatic writing, while deepening their knowledge of poetry and literature, and building leadership and collaboration skills. Participants explore poetry, essays, and plays by such artists as Katori Hall, Anna Deavere Smith, Lorraine Hansberry, Eve Ensler, William Shakespeare, and Thornton Wilder, prose and poetry by Julia Alvarez, Jessica Care Moore, Holly McNish, Maya Angelou, bell hooks, and many more. Each ensemble is encouraged to draw on this inspiration to write their own poems and short plays through a collaborative creative process, and perform their work for the community. Project V.I.P. offers three ensemble opportunities each year: after school during fall and spring semesters, and a six-week summer intensive. Since 1997, Project V.I.P. has created and presented more than 45 original theatre pieces.

2015 Performance Dates:

Friday, May 15, 6:30pm;

Wednesday, August 12, 6pm (tentative);

Friday, December 11, 6:30pm (tentative).


Full Circle Prod ( FCP) Inc.

Funded for: Outside the Bachx

Date: May 1, 2015 | 7:30pm

Location: Hostos Community College Repertory Theater |

450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

TherHailed by the New York Times for their "choreographically sophisticated [and] daringly acrobatic" performances, Full Circle Souljahs, led by Rokafella and Kwikstep, gives the New York premiere of "Outside the Bachx," where ballet and the music of J.S. Bach collide with the world of the Beatbox, DJ and Hip-hop dance. Commissioned by The Kennedy Center, this groundbreaking work, more than five years in the making and presented as part of the CUNY Dance Initiative, will captivate the entire family.


Rosabla Lopez Ramirez

Funded for: On The Frontlines: Grounding The Movement

Date: Spring 2015

Location: Kelly Street Garden | 916-928 Kelly Street, Bronx 10459

On The Frontline’s Grounding the Movement: will consist of youth people and activist partaking in a 6 week spring program that will combine writing, climate change education and the art of growing food in The South Bronx.


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Funded for: I dont Owe You Nothing

Date: October 24, 2015 | 8 pm

Location: Lovinger Theater at Lehman College | 250 Bedford Park West, Bronx, N.Y. 10468

This is a theatrical performance about domestic violence featuring Melissa Morgan, Imessiah, Tracey "Sunshine" Woodall, and Clayton Bryant. These performers will express the subject through their music.


Woodlawn Conservancy

Funded for: Jazz Appreciation Month at Woodlawn

Date: see dates below

Location: See locations below



April is Jazz Appreciation Month! Nationally known as the “jazz cemetery,” Woodlawn honors the legacy of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, WC Handy, Max Roach and Celia Cruz this spring by hosting a series of tours, programs and musical events. Come join us for Rich Conaty’s Big Broadcast Tour, a leisurely walk to the memorials of the Jazz Greats and a day of celebration where Bobby Sanabria and Basilio Serrano explore the roots of jazz and the influence of Latino artists on “America’s Music.”

Big Broadcast Tour with Rich Conaty
Sunday, April 12th, 2:30pm
The Jazz greats of Woodlawn Tour
Sunday, April 19th, 2:00pm
Happy Birthday, Duke! Concert and talk with Bobby Sanabria and Basilio Serrano
Sunday, April 26th, 2:00pm


Hope of Isreal Senior Citizens Center

Funded for: Poetry Workshop

Date: Wednesdays | 1:15pm

Location: Hope of Israel Senior Citizens Center | 1068 Gerard Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452

The workshop will provide older adults, 60 and over, with the opportunity to study a wide variety of traditional and contemporary poetry with the goal of developing their skills as readers and creators of poetry. At each session the instructor will present a model poem for analysis of form and content. The structure and themes that are discussed along with their personal experience form the basis for the participants in-class writing. The workshop is open to students at all levels. You don't have to be experienced. It's about letting the spirit move you.

The classes are free and offered on Wednesday afternoons at 1:15 pm. For additional information call 718-665-8400.


Woodlawn Heights Taxpayers and community Association, Inc

Funded for: Art in the Park adventure

Date: All Mondays between July 13th, 2015 to August 6, 2015

Location: Children's Playground at VanCortlandt Park East & Kepler Ave. | Kepler ave, bronx NY



“Art in the Park Adventure” is being offered as a group of art classes for children between the ages of 7-10.The art classes will be incorporated with the beautiful scenery and ecology of the park with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park sharing their knowledge of the park with the class. The art teacher is Valerie Skakun, an accomplished artist and her assistant, John, will teach interesting and different methods of creating art through the use of varied materials such as linoleum prints, 3-D found sculpture, paper making, tie dying, cyanotype printing and, of course, drawing and painting. At the end of the classes we will have a picnic in the park and display the work that has been created by our talented students. Our hope is to introduce new approaches and deepen the skills of these young artists as they increase their capability to express themselves through different mediums.

First class - July 13th and the classes are on every Monday and Thursday. A total of 8 classes ending on August 6th, 2015.

Location: Van Cortlandt Park East at the childrens playground. There are two round table behind the playground that will be used for the art classes. Should it rain there are tents for protection.



Millennium Dance Company

Funded for: Millennium Dance Company Annual Recital

Date: June 14, 2015 | 2pm

Location: Hostos Community College Repertory Theater| 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx NY 10451


Ray Felix

Funded for: Latinos in ComicsExhibit /BXHCC7: Women in Comics Con /Free Comic Book Day? Women in Comics Gallery Exhibit

Date: See below

Location: See Below

Bronx Heroes Comic Con strive to empower individuals by educating them with the tools they need to succeed in the corporate world of freelance art and comics. We accomplish this goal by bringing awareness to the Bronx community regarding career opportunities in comic writing/art, graphic novels and illustration. The vision of Bronx Heroes Comic Con is to foster new generations of readers by promoting literacy through the reading and exploration of comics, graphic novels. Our mission is to engage individuals, cultivating their talent and desire to build a career in the comic media and commercial art industry through workshops, panels, seminars, exhibitions and hosting conventions. This year we are celebrating latin creators and characters in Feb.-March with Latinos in Comics Exhibit. In May, NYC's first ever Woman in Comics Convention/ Free Comic Book Day and in August, our second annual gallery exhibit :Women in Comics 2.

Latinos in Comics: Feb: 24th-March 31st.@Poe Park Visiting Center
BXHCC7: Women in Comics Con/ Free Comic Book Day: May 2, 2015.@Bronx Library Center
Women in Comics 2: Gallery exhibit August 1st- August 31st.Poe Park Visiting Center.


Riverdale Community Center, Inc.

Funded for: RCC Teen Theater

Date: Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm  & Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Location: Riverdale Community Center located in MS/HS 141/Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy.

Auditorium Entrance | 660 West 237th Street, Bronx, NY 10463

The Riverdale Community Center is proud to present its 2015 Teen Theater Spring Production, "Bye Bye Birdie". "Bye Bye Birdie" is a stage musical, book by Michael Stewart, lyrics by Lee Adams, music by Charles Strouse, and originally produced by Edward Pedula. The story is about a Rock Star, Conrad Birdie who is the biggest thing to top the charts. His agent and songwriter Albert Peterson finds himself in trouble when Conrad is drafted into the Amy. Albert's secretary and girlfriend, Rosie Alvarez, comes up with a publicity stunt to have Conrad Birdie record and perform a song before he is sent oversees.

The RCC Teen Theater is celebrating its 34th Anniversary of providing quality Teen Theater Productions to our community. All theater training is provided free to youth in grades 6 through 12. Won't you please join us!!! Tickets are $5.00



Literary Freedom Project

Funded for: Bronx Book Fair

Date: May 30, 2015, 12-6pm

Location: Bronx Library Center | 310 Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10458

The Bronx Book Fair is dedicated to engaging and growing the community of poets and writers in the Bronx and to connecting those literary artists to readers and booklovers of all ages. Through readings, workshops, and presentations our goal is to engage the community with a variety of literature and programs that will broaden access to Bronx literary artists, increase library usage, and encourage a love of books and reading.



Guy Gonzalez

Funded for: Global Gupit Gupit: ENDANGERED SPECIES

Date: Dates below

Location: Poe Visitor Center| 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10458

Global Gupit Gupit: ENDANGERED SPECIES is a series of comprehensive workshops in paper sculpture that focus on a plight of grave concern the world over; the systematic extermination of our sacred wildlife. That in certain parts of the world, our animal kingdom is unprotected by rampant poaching for their tusks, bones, hides, furs, and fins; crimes which have largely gone unpunished, has activated a firestorm of rage within us all. As Tigers, Elephants, Rhinoceros, and Sharks are dangerously close to extinction by the avarice of immoral predators hunting them down, time is of the essence to save them. With the devastating reality of an Earth minus it's most awesome creatures, children everywhere are deeply affected; as they harbor a close relationship with animals on a level unsurpassed. Through the Endangered Species project, Global Gupit Gupit intends to evoke a unique understanding through invogorating designs created by the children themselves.

May 1st, 9am -11am

May 8th, 9am -11am

May 15th, 9am -11am

May 22nd, 9am -11am

Children's Showcase Sat. June 6th, from 11:30am-1pm.


Orlando Ferrand


Date: Dates Below

Location: Hostos Community College | 450 Grand Concourse, ROOM C-391 Bronx, NY 10451

No matter where we come from, or the circumstances that brought us here, we become "the other" when we look at our similarities instead of looking at our differences. In a world swamped by the spree of globalization and digital communication, the human notion of identity acquires a multiplicity of nuances through storytelling and visual representations such as clay sculptures, photography, drawing and mixed media. The creative process becomes a vehicle for self-awareness, allowing our "hyphenated identities" to acquire a sense of universality through the fabric of our singularity.This is a multidisciplinary project-based series of 4 workshop sessions with emphasis on creative writing, storytelling, photography, collage and air-dry clay sculpting. It will culminate with a public exhibit of the process, a reading and a follow up with workshop participants to create a future anthology of visual art, poetry and short narrative. Click here for press release.

SESSION 1. MAY 16th, 2015 | 12:00 – 3:00 PM.
SESSION 2. MAY 30th, 2015 | 12:00 – 3:00 PM.

SESSION 3. JUNE 6th,2015 | 12:00 – 3:00 PM.
SESSION 4. JUNE 13th, 2015 | 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM.
SESSION 5. JUNE 20th, 2015 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.




Funded for: Open Call 2015

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015

Location: BAAD!/Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance | 2474 Westchester Ave, Bronx NY

Meet the Artists

Congratulations to Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, Richard Rivera, Milteri Tucker !

These three emerging artists were chosen by a selection committee of other artists, curators and producers to create full-evening length works at BAAD! in Fall 2015 with access to free rehearsal space and mentorship support.

Mentors include: Silvana Cardell, Susana Cook, Jorge Merced, Antonio Ramos, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Merian Soto, among others.

Open Call 2015 is a collaborative project between Pepatian & BAAD!



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This New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) decentralization grant provides direct support for arts and cultural projects developed and/or sponsored by Bronx arts organizations and community-based organizations. These activities may include workshops/classes, performances, arts exhibitions, special one-day events, multi-discipline collaborations, and public access programming whose central focus is the arts. Examples of the types of costs covered by this grant include but are not limited to: artist fees, supplies, equipment rental, marketing and publicity costs related to the specific activity. Individual artists can apply through an organizational conduit based in the County. All activities must serve County residents and be open to the general public. Matching funds are required.




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