Grant Amount: $4,000


BCA’s BRIO Award has been recognizing artistic excellence across a wide range of creative disciplines for 30 years. Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) provides direct support to individual Bronx artists who create works in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts, via awards of $4,000 each.

Bronx Council on the Arts takes the opportunity of this 30th anniversary to re-articulate BRIOs core emphasis – what BRIO has primarily highlighted – having distributed over $1,357,000 in support to 459 artists over the past three decades. Specifically, adjudication panels are comprised of seasoned artists and arts professionals from outside the borough who, guided by discipline specific criteria and experience, review submissions anonymously and select awardees for distinction, whose work demonstrates the following: an innovative approach to the discipline, probing and pushing of boundaries, technical expertise and high level of skill, ingenuity and rigor in its production, an awareness of the medium within a historical context, compelling vision and original voice. Winners are required to complete a one-time public service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) within a year of receiving the award. ACE events provide artists with additional visibility, and demonstrate to the community the wealth of artistic talent available in our borough.The Bronx has the unique distinction of being the only borough in New York City to have an ongoing award of this kind.

2019 BRIO

APPLICATION OPENS: Monday, October 8, 2018

DEADLINE: Monday, December 10th, 2018

"How to Apply" Sessions


How To Apply - BRIO

Wednesday, October 10th | 5pm - 7pm

Bronx Library Center

310, E Kingsbridge Rd, Bronx, NY 10458


How To Apply - BRIO

Friday, October 26th | 6pm - 8pm

Community Board 12

4104 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY 10466


How To Apply - BRIO

Saturday, November 10th | 3pm - 5pm

Parkchester Library

1985 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462


How To Apply - BRIO

Wednesday, November 14th | 6pm - 8pm

Vladeck Hall

74 Van Cortlandt Park South, Bronx, NY 10463


How To Apply - BRIO

Wednesday, November 28th | 5pm - 6:30pm

Mott Haven Library

321 E. 140th Street, Bronx, NY 10454


How To Apply - BRIO

Tuesday, December 4th | 5pm - 6pm

Sedgwick Library

1701 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (University Ave)

Bronx, NY 10453


Check Out Other BCA Grant Opportunities!


Are you interested in making a difference in arts funding in the Bronx?  Do you want 2019 to be about support for Bronx Artists and Communities?

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) seeks artists, arts professionals, and nonprofit and community based organization leaders to serve as panelists for our 2017 grant cycle. 

Submit here!


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The BRIO Process


BRIO Winners in the News!

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Bronx Artist Documentary Project
Art Book
The Bronx Artist Documentary Project Art Book is a borough-wide collaborative endeavor involving 30 Bronx photographers documenting 80 Bronx visual artists at work in their studios or other Bronx venues. The BXADP contains 272 full-color pages with an introduction by artist and eight-time BCA BRIO winner Daniel Hauben, a forward by photographer Mike Kamber and a special dedication to the Bronx Council on the Arts.

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