Funds for Artistic Excellence

Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) provides direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. BRIO grants of $5,000  will be awarded to Bronx artists. BRIO award winners complete a one-time public service activity. The awards are based solely on artistic excellence. Winners are selected by a panel of arts professionals representing the award disciplines

The grant application cycle opens October 16th, 2019 and closes December 16th 2019

For additional information contact bryan@bronxarts.org | 718-931-9500 ex. 22

For grant guidelines, "How to Apply" session dates, and more information, visit www.bronxarts.org

Open Call – Book Cover Design

DEADLINE MAY 4, 2020 11:59 PM


Bronx Council on the Arts is seeking a Bronx based photographer and/or visual artist to design a cover for The Bronx Memoir Project Volume IV, a multi-genre anthology written during the 2019-2020 Bronx Memoir Project workshop series. The Bronx Memoir Project offers free, professionally-led memoir writing workshops across the Bronx. Aligned with BCA’s mission to elevate local narratives and stories, the Bronx Memoir Project helps amplify local voices and document Bronx history through an array of writing tools, along with the professional development needed for writers to publish on their own. The book will be self-published by the Bronx Council on the Arts and distributed through amazon.com. 


  • All visual mediums that can be reproduced in print may apply
  • Please submit one image per artist
  • Only submit JPEG, PDF or TIFF files
  • Must be high resolution -- 300 dpi or higher 
  • Image can be color or B&W 
  • The image must depict a scene set in the Bronx (i.e. scenic, street scenes, symbolic, etc.) open to interpretation by the artist
  • Submit up to a paragraph about your image and how it relates to the goals and intentions of the Bronx Memoir Project (more information here: https://www.bronxarts.org/programs/the-bronx-memoir-project/)
  • Both artist and BCA retain reproduction rights to the image, with credit always given to the artist as the creator of the image
  • Stipend will be provided
  • Deadline is May 4, 2020 at 11:59 PM

Eligibility Requirements:

· Must be a Bronx resident

Are you a performer, visual artist, arts critic, arts historian, musician, curator, other artist or arts professional, or arts engaged community leader?

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) seeks artists, arts professionals, and nonprofit and community based organization leaders to serve as panelists for our 2020 grant cycle. 

BCA hosts 4 grant programs totaling in more than $250,000 a year in funding to Bronx artists, collectives, and nonprofit organizations. Panelist from the community play a key in the awards process; their knowledge and expertise is a crucial part of helping to shape the way public arts funds are distributed.

Panelists to review applications, provide comments, and score applications in order to recommend recipients.

Interested? The basic eligibility requirement to be a BCA panelist is that you are an artist, arts professional or nonprofit and community based organization leader. 

If this is you and you would like to help make a difference in the Bronx, please apply to serve on one of our grants panels.

Potential panelists from all boroughs are welcome to apply. Note that panelists for Community Engagement Grants must be Bronx residents. Those serving on the BRIO panels MUST reside outside of the Bronx and have expertise in specific artistic disciplines. BCA  supports panel diversity in all forms: age, race, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, artistic discipline, location, etc.

Selected panelists will be contacted in the Fall

For more info on BCA's grants, visit HERE

All Panelists receive an honorarium.

Bronx Council on the Arts