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2018 Funded Projects

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2018 Grant Recipients

Bronx Council on the Arts is thrilled to support the work of our

2018 Artist for Community, Arts Fund and Community Arts Grant recipients!

Each year BCA provides individual artists and organizations the opportunity to apply for funds to support grassroots and organizational community-centered arts and culture initiatives and projects. BCA Grants seek to foster the continuing development of local cultural resources, responsive to community needs.

These programs will take place between January and December of 2018. Most events are free or low cost and can be enjoyed by all generations! Please actively check the 2018 Funded Project Page and Bronx Arts Calendar for updates and details about how to participate in these projects!

For more information on the projects, contact the funded artist or organization. For information on BCA grants, contact Bryan E. Glover at bryan@bronxarts.org

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Project descriptions

2018 Artist For Community (AFC)

4 Grantees


Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYCSA)

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Recipient  Project Title
Davalois Fearon “For C.J.”

Elissa Carmona Open Mic Nights

Milteri Tucker Concepcion Call & Response: Dance & Drum of the African Bronx Diaspora

Seyi Adebanjo Afromystic Performance

 

2018 Arts Fund

28 Grantees


Funded by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA)

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Recipient  Project Title
Artsmith, Inc. Drumbeat

Barbara Purdy A Concert Series For Seniors

Bardekova Ensemble Bardekova Ensemble Concerts

Blanka Amezkua AAA3A (Alexander Avenue Apartment 3A)

Bruce Zeines The Scarecrow Project

John LoSasso Craft of War Writing

Davalois Fearon “For C.J.”

di.vi.sion arts and education, inc. di.vi.sion concerts: classical music series

Elissa Carmona Unity Park Summer Concert Series (hosted by Morrisania Band Project)

Full Circle Prod Inc FC Hip hop Film Festival: The Ladies

Hilda Rivera-Pantojas Following in the Footsteps of Bomba

I'RAISE Girls & Boys International Corporation I'RAISE Dance Academy

Ivan Velez COMIC CULTURE: PLANET BRONX

Literary Freedom Project One Book One Bronx

Mass Transit Street Theater Solid Ground Project

Michele Brody The Bronx CommuniTea

Millennium Dance Company Millennium Dance Company Annual Recital

Milteri Tucker Concepcion/Bombazo Dance Co Call & Response: Drum & Dances of the Bronx Diaspora

Nicolas Dumit Estevez Raful Performing the Bronx

Parkchester Chorus The Parkchester Chorus Spring and Winter Concerts 2018

Pedro Martinez Funky Mambo

Ruth Marshall Art in the Air

Sajata Epps The Natural Knitting Project


The Bronx Concert Singers, Inc. Bronx Concert Singers 37th Concert Season

The Bronx Intergenerational Theatre Ensemble Inc. (B.I.T.E.) Historical Women - 2018

The Lighthouse Opera Company, Inc "Rigoletto" by Guiseppe Verdi and "Susannah" by Carlisle Floyd

The Orchestra of The Bronx Free Professional Orchestra Concerts at Lehman and Bronx Community Colleges

 

2018 Community Arts Grant (CAG)
28 Grantees


Funded by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYCSA)

Click here for Awardee Project descriptions

Recipient  Project Title
Artsmith, Inc. Photo Narratives: Image and Context

Barbara Purdy A Concert Series For Seniors

BronxWorks Patchwork Memories

D3 Sports and Recreation, Inc. D3's Sensory Friendly Art Program

Diversity in Arts and Nations for Cultural Education Diversity and Access to DANCE

Friends of Pelham Bay Park The Bronx Native American Festival

Hope of Israel Senior Citizens Center Poetry Workshop Series

I'RAISE Girls & Boys International Corporation I'RAISE Dance Academy

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center KHCC Poetry and Music Enhancement

Literary Freedom Project Mosaic Literary Conference

Mass Transit Street Theater The Solid Ground Project

Mazarte Dance Company Mazarte en el Bronx Tour - Cuentos y Caminos

Mimi Jones The D.O.M.E. Experience

New Settlement Apartments Project V.I.P. (Voice, Identity, Power) for girls

Parkchester Chorus The Parkchester Chorus Spring and Winter Concerts 2018

Pepatian Bronx Artist Spotlight 2018

Poets Network & Exchange, Inc. Bronx Book Fair

Riverdale Community Center, Inc. RCC Teen Theater Project

Ruth Marshall Art Recycled

Serviam Garden's Arts & Crafts Club Serviam Garden's Arts & Crafts Club

The Bronx Concert Singers, Inc. Bronx Concert Singers 37th Season

The Lighthouse Opera Company "Rigoletto by Guiseppe Verdi and "Susannah" by Carlisle Floyd

The Nest Music Conservatory Inc. Karaoke in the Park

The Orchestra of The Bronx Free Professional Orchestra Concerts at Lehman and Bronx Community Colleges

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy Barefoot Dancing

Victor Vauban Junior "Brother Sou" & "Martin's T.R.U.T.H." - The Plays

WE STAY/Nos Quedamos Committee, Inc. “WE ARE MELROSE” / “Melrose Holiday Parranda 2018”

Woodlawn Conservancy Happy Birthday Duke! Jazz Appreciation Month
 
Project Descriptions
Artist for Community

Davalois Fearon: “For C.J.” This project stems from the loss of my nephew, Clifton Fearon Junior, to a fatal asthma attack. It also grew out of my work-in-progress, “Time to Talk”, a dance piece that examines racism from my experiences as a Jamaican-born, Bronx-raised professional dancer.

 

Elissa Carmona (Open Mic Nights): Elissa will be hosting three open mic nights, with the goals of attracting and inspiring musicians, poets, and artists of all types, strengthening the existing arts and culture within our borough.

 

Milteri Tucker Concepcion/Bombazo Dance Co.: This work is deeply rooted in African Caribbean movement, specifically the Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and its relationship with the Diaspora. “Call & Response: Drum & Dances of the Bronx Diaspora” focuses on common threads shared by drumming from Africa, the Caribbean, and Central/South America.

 

Arts Fund

Artsmith, Inc.: “The Drumbeat” program will use drums to inspire and empower youngsters in the Bronx to rise above the image that is often presented to them, regarding who they are, and who they can become.

 

Barbara Purdy/A Concert Series for Seniors: Barbara Purdy and the Cabaret Experience Jazz Combo will perform eight weekday afternoon concerts to be presented at different senior centers in the Bronx. Music will consist of Broadway show tunes, light jazz, love ballads, R&B, blues, and Classic Pop.

 

Bardekova Ensemble:  Bardekova Ensemble brings woodwind quintet music of the baroque, classical, romantic, and early 20th century periods to various age groups ranging from children to senior citizens. More arrangements for our group are currently being written. There will be a total of five concerts. 

 

Blanka Amezkua: AAA3A is an artist-run space in the South Bronx that offers face to face exchanges, food, dialogue, workshops, and art. Contemporary Bronx artists are invited to this intimate space to exhibit work in a setting that differs radically from traditional venues.

 

Bruce Zeines: “The Scarecrow Initiative” is a community-garden-based project aimed at creating citywide unity between urban farms, gardens and art. The goal is to bring community gardens and art together in one space, while creating relationships between gardens.

 

Craft of War Writing: The Craft of War Writing is a workshop series that unites military veterans and non-veterans at the Morris Park Library, with the objective to invite the public to gather and address issues as they relate to the larger theme of war through the medium of high level reading and writing instruction. 

 

Davalois Fearon: “For C.J.” This project stems from the loss of my nephew, Clifton Fearon Junior, to a fatal asthma attack. It also grew out of my work-in-progress, “Time to Talk”, a dance piece that examines racism from my experiences as a Jamaican-born, Bronx-raised professional dancer.

 

Elissa Carmona: The “Unity Park Summer Concert Series” will feature five Morrisania Band Project concerts during summer 2018. The concerts seek to strengthen the band’s connection to Morrisania, to inspire and recruit local musicians, and to attract residents of all ages to our local city park for free, live music.

 

Full Circle Prod Inc.: The Hip Hop Film Festival “The Ladies” at the Bronx Museum seeks to provide visibility for the contributions, challenges and triumphs of the women who have invested their lives in the culture of Hip-Hop and its related art forms.

 

Hilda Rivera-Pantojas: “Following in the Footsteps of Bomba” will engage local artists and the community in a series of workshops, a panel discussion, choreography and public presentations to create a choreographic piece that denotes different styles of Bomba dance.

 

I’RAISE Girls & Boys International Corporation: The I’RAISE Dance Academy mission is to raise the self-esteem of youth of color. The Dance Academy trains youth of color in the Bronx for future careers in the arts. The Academy offers free dance instruction and year-long classes in Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary dance.

 

Ivan Velez: Comic Culture has traditionally used popular urban culture, Manga and American cartooning to benefit Bronx communities. 2018's cycle, Planet Bronx, will use urban legends, futurism, science fiction and culturally diverse mythologies as touchstones to investigate cultural diversity and history.

 

Literary Freedom Project: “One Book One Book” is a new style book club that inspires, encourages, and gets people reading. Chosen books are oftentimes written by writers of African or Latinx descent. Reading together works as a stepping stone to strengthen literacy and build reading comprehension.

 

Mass Transit Theater: The “Solid Ground Project” will introduce two new plays based on true stories of young people growing up in the Bronx. The plays use hip hop dance, spoken word, comedy and drama to explore bullying, domestic violence, rape, homophobia, depression, homelessness and racial profiling, while celebrating the power of community.

 

Michele Brody: “The Bronx CommuniTea is a social happening that focuses on building community and bridging cultural boundaries through the contemplative art of sharing tea. Michele Brody is entering her fourth year of bringing poets, storytellers, dancers, musicians, chefs and visual artists together to partake in a tea pairing with healthy meals as a platform for sharing stories and inspiring collaboration.

 

Milteri Tucker Concepcion/Bombazo Dance Co.: This work is deeply rooted in African Caribbean movement, specifically the Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and its relationship with the Diaspora. “Call & Response: Drum & Dances of the Bronx Diaspora” focuses on common threads shared by drumming from Africa, the Caribbean, and Central/South America.

 

Pedro Martinez: “Funky Mambo” will offer two concerts; one at the Kingsbridge Library Center and another at the Bronx Botanical Garden. The intention is to expose audiences to Mambo music.

 

Ruth Marshall: “Art in the Air” is an installation created with knitting, knotting, macramé and crochet. Paracord is the primary medium; colorful, lightweight and pliable for manipulation. The artwork will be designed with input from participants. Each section of the design will be made up of different-skill-level crafts attached together into a whole.

Sajata Epps: The Natural Knitting Project is a collaborative Bronx arts exhibit focusing on the process of everyday products created in an eco-friendly way. The project consists of 14 workshops, where Bronx residents will grow dye plants, knit a product from natural fibers, and explore mass consumption of products.

 

Seyi Adebanjo–/Afromystic performance: Stories of the Queer/LGBTQ community are often told in opposition to Judeo-Christian religion. Afromystic follows LGBTQ and Transgender Yorùbá practitioners and priest/ess of African descent whose gender and sexuality are uplifted and celebrated, flipping the script.

 

The Bronx Concert Singers, Inc.: The 37th Concert Season will feature two public concerts for chorus, vocal soloists and orchestral accompaniment. The spring concert will feature some of Franz Joseph Haydn’s most famous and beloved works. The holiday program will showcase selections from Handel’s Messiah.

 

The Bronx Intergenerational Theatre Ensemble Inc. (B.I.T.E.) – Leona Heyward-Hull: “Historical Women-2018” portrays women who have shaped not only a nation, but the world, with their distinct contributions, from freedom fighters, educators and Supreme Court Justices to comedians and performers of our time.

 

“The Lighthouse Opera Company, Inc./Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi and Susannah by Carlisle Floyd: The Lighthouse Opera Company will perform Verdi's opera, Rigoletto, and the American opera, Susannah. Rigoletto and Susannah contain themes universally appreciated by diverse audiences and artists. Our chamber orchestra, Ensemble Sepia: "A Musical Network," is as diverse as our singers, many of whom are Bronx residents and natives.

 

The Orchestra of The Bronx: “Free Professional Orchestra Concerts” at Lehman and Bronx Community Colleges will present three professional concerts for the Bronx community, continuing a tradition of high quality offerings to Bronxites that began in 1972.

 

The Parkchester Chorus presents diverse forms of music such as opera, classical music and Broadway tunes to the Throggs Neck community, as well as to provide an opportunity for singers to bring the joy of music to others. These concerts will take place at the First Lutheran Church.

 

 
Community Arts Grant

 

Artsmith/Photo Narratives: Image and Context: Artsmith will engage middle and high school students in a program that evokes their imagination and creativity in storytelling through photography. Over the course of three months, the students participate in weekly workshops to learn about the mechanics of picture taking, discuss important topics affecting their lives and discover how to visually express themselves.

 

Barbara Purdy/A Concert Series for Seniors: Barbara Purdy and the Cabaret Experience Jazz Combo will perform eight weekday afternoon concerts to be presented at different senior centers in the Bronx. Music will consist of Broadway show tunes, light jazz, love ballads, R&B, blues, and Classic Pop.

 

Bronxworks: Patchwork Memories is a design art project focused on quilting. Seniors create fabric squares with autobiographical meaning. They will be trained in sewing and quilting and guided on how to develop their artistic vision. At the end of the project, they combine their pieces into a quilt.

 

D3 Sports and Recreation, Inc./D3’s Sensory Friendly Art Program: D3 creates recreational and creative programs for children who may not otherwise have access to arts instruction. D3 will offer children and young adults between the ages of 7 through 21 weekly art workshops led by experienced educator Nellie Escalante.

 

Diversity in Arts and Nations for Cultural Education: Diversity and Access to DANCE, aims to continue promoting, presenting and preserving the folkloric & traditional music and dances from Puerto Rico, Latin America, and the Caribbean. DANCE plans to increase diversity and access by producing 10+ high-caliber, affordable community events.

 

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center: KHCC Poetry and Music Enhancement provides disadvantaged youth opportunities to explore the arts through enriching activities led by community artists, and to share their voices through arts-based community events. The project involves poetry workshops for typically developing youth and music therapy and dance/movement programs for children and youth with autism or Down syndrome

 

Literary Freedom Project: The Mosaic Literacy Conference provides a platform for literature-based creative thinking and knowledge sharing. Each year they invite educators, community arts organizations, and the public to participate in a variety of workshops and panels.

 

Mass Transit Theater: The “Solid Ground Project” will introduce two new plays based on true stories of young people growing up in the Bronx. The plays use hip hop dance, spoken word, comedy and drama to explore bullying, domestic violence, rape, homophobia, depression, homelessness and racial profiling, while celebrating the power of community.

 

Mazarte Dance Company: Mazarte en el Bronx Tour aims to establish a Bronx-focused tour showcasing Mazarte’s Mexican Folkloric ballet program to local audiences through its Cuentos y Caminos series. Mazarte will bring quality educational programs through performances which engage audiences as they learn about Mexican culture and tradition.

Mimi Jones: The D.O.M.E. Experience is a multimedia/interdisciplinary production designed to tap into the senses of its audience members, providing an enhanced musical and visual experience while increasing awareness of social and environmental challenges faced by the community and the world.

 

New Settlement Apartments: Project V.I.P. (Voice, Identity, Power) encourages girls and young women to express themselves through theatre and dramatic writing, deepening their knowledge of poetry and literature, and building leadership and collaboration skills.

 

Pepatian/Bronx Artist Spotlight 2018: Pepatian will offer three projects; The Bronx Hip-Hop Academy, which provides workshops focusing on Hip-Hop music, visual arts, dance, spoken word; the artist residency program Dance Your Future, and Bronx Artists Now: Showcase & Conversation, which assists Bronx-based artists and arts organizations by introducing them to national presenters and funders.

 

Poets Network & Exchange, Inc.: The Bronx Book Fair in partnership with the New York Public Library is the premiere literary event in the Bronx. Through readings, workshops, panel discussions and presentations, the Bronx Book Fair engages the community with a variety of programs that seek to broaden access to literary artists, increase library usage, and encourage a love of books and reading.

 

Riverdale Community Center, Inc.: RCC Teen Theater Project is an exciting collaborative learning experience which gives students an opportunity to sing, act, dance, paint scenery, make costumes, learn lighting, and/or otherwise participate in a joyous event. 

 

Ruth Marshall: Art Recycled is a craft and visual arts program made from recycled plastic bags. Plastic bags can be cut with scissors and transformed into plastic yarn. Using this 'Plarn', participants can knit, knot and crochet items.

 

Serviam Garden’s Arts & Crafts Club: A space for our residents to grow in friendship and community with one another while learning artistic skills. The Arts & Crafts Club is a combination of crafts and painting. Members learn to sew and crochet hats and blankets, making canvas art for a children's hospital.

 

The Bronx Concert Singers, Inc.: The 37th Concert Season will feature two public concerts for chorus, vocal soloists and orchestral accompaniment. The spring concert will feature some of Franz Joseph Haydn’s most famous and beloved works. The holiday program will showcase selections from Handel’s Messiah.

 

The Friends of Pelham Bay Park: The Friends of Pelham Bay Park will host the 2018 Bronx Native American Festival, featuring singers, dancers, musicians, and storytellers from cultures throughout the Americas. These performance artists will celebrate the harvest and season, teaching about the spirit and culture of Native traditions.

 

The Hope of Israel Senior Center/Poetry Workshop Series: The Hope Israel Senior Center is offering a poetry workshop series, which will provide older adults with the opportunity to study a wide range of traditional and contemporary poetry, with the goal of developing their skills as readers and creators. A journal of selected works will be published.

 

 “The Lighthouse Opera Company, Inc./Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi and Susannah by Carlisle Floyd: The Lighthouse Opera Company will perform Verdi's opera, Rigoletto, and the American opera, Susannah. Rigoletto and Susannah contain themes universally appreciated by diverse audiences and artists. Our chamber orchestra, Ensemble Sepia: "A Musical Network," is as diverse as our singers, many of whom are Bronx residents and natives.

 

The New Music Conservatory Inc./Karaoke in the Park: Williamsbridge has a unique geographical disadvantage in creating unity amongst residents. The goal is to unite neighbors, students, parents and all community members through karaoke, a fun and innovative way for people of all ages to perform together.

 

The Orchestra of The Bronx: “Free Professional Orchestra Concerts” at Lehman and Bronx Community Colleges will present three professional concerts for the Bronx community, continuing a tradition of high quality offerings to Bronxites that began in 1972.

 

The Parkchester Chorus presents diverse forms of music such as opera, classical music and Broadway tunes to the Throggs Neck community, as well as to provide an opportunity for singers to bring the joy of music to others. These concerts will take place at the First Lutheran Church.

 

The Woodlawn Conservancy/Happy Birthday Duke! Jazz Appreciation Month: The Woodlawn Conservancy 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the "Dawn of the Jazz Age," celebrating the legacy of artists memorialized at The Woodlawn Cemetery. During April, they will commemorate Jazz Appreciation Month, coordinated with the Smithsonian Institution, when historic sites, jazz venues, music schools and performers across the nation celebrate this American art form.

 

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy: Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy will be performing BAREFOOT DANCING, a free interactive multi-cultural performing arts program. It brings teaching artists to the park to introduce the historical and cultural roots of each dance form, drawing audience members in to join them.

 

Victor Vauban Junior: The plays “Brother Sou” and “Martin’s Truth” are about frightened, abandoned children learning to navigate today’s world without parents or guides; incarcerated men musing on the prisons of their lives, precursors to prison life. These plays were written with the goal of exploring internal conflicts, neglected and misdirected youth. 

 

"WE STAY/Nos Quedamos/We Are Melrose /Melrose Holiday Parranda: WE STAY/Nos Quedamos will offer two community folk arts projects; “We Are Melrose,” a diverse, outdoor community folk art celebration and visual exhibition, and the “Melrose Holiday Parranda 2018,” an ages-old, musically-based Puerto Rican tradition that takes place during the holidays and is akin to caroling.

 


 

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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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