The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) offers funding to support community-centered arts and culture projects and to recognize outstanding local artists. Applications are accepted from individual artists, artist collectives, and nonprofit arts and community organizations for projects in a wide variety of disciplines, including dance, film/video/media, folk arts, interdisciplinary arts, literary arts, multi-disciplinary projects, music, opera, theater, visual arts/crafts, and others. Emerging and pre-professional artists, women, the disabled, artists of color, members of the LGBTQ community and other under-represented individuals or organizations are encouraged to apply.

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Open Call for Curators: "Untold Narratives" | Deadline Wednesday, 08/31/22:

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is seeking applications from NYC curators for its Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Winter 2023 group exhibition Untold Narratives (January 18 – February 22, 2023).  The Longwood Art Gallery is located at 450 Grand Concourse in The Bronx.

The selected curator will be responsible for contacting and sourcing all materials from artists, writing exhibition texts, and facilitating a public program. We encourage curatorial proposals by curators who are unafraid of experimentation and familiar with Bronx’s arts and cultural practices, as well as artists from The Bronx.

Curatorial proposals should consider BCA’s mission of supporting emerging and mid-career artists from underrepresented groups, such as women, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and artists of color.

Further, we continue our commitment to present exhibitions in various media, including interdisciplinary practices, 2D and 3D media, installation, new technologies, sound art, and more that highlight the different practices of artists in the Bronx and beyond.

Untold Narratives – Curatorial Vision

Untold Narratives will be a group exhibition featuring 8 to 10 artists and focusing on artworks created by artists of Middle Eastern, African, and Asian backgrounds / descents.  Bringing to life intimate stories that have been largely ignored, the exhibition seeks to offer a glimpse into the artists’ communities and explore connections between the past and present. This includes, but is not limited to, topics that:

• Engage with personal or family history

• Intertwine cultural background and the life of the city

• Question how historical objects and ideas are presented and hierarchized

• Challenge the dominant narrative of (art) history

• Delve into the struggles for equity

• Examine representation and cultural identity


1. While the paragraph above describes the intention and focus for this exhibition, we will accept proposals that offer variations on the themes to accommodate for the curator’s vision.

2. Proposals must be conceptually rigorous and focus on artists and themes in a way that is innovative, challenging, and engaging.

3. Extra consideration will be given to proposals that clearly demonstrate a unique and creative approach to curatorial research methods.

4. Guest Curators should not include their own work in the exhibition they are proposing to BCA’s Longwood Arts Project.

5. Include a list of proposed artists and a checklist with images.

6. Longwood Arts Gallery @ Hostos strongly encourages applications that expand our mission and contribute to our ongoing commitment to upcoming and mid-career artists, social justice, and advocacy for artists.

Proposals should include emerging and mid-career artists, from anywhere across NYC with a strong preference for those that feature a considerable number of artists living and/or working in the Bronx.


Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos will only accept electronic submissions through Submittable. Please include the following attachments in Word or PDF format:

• An exhibition proposal with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address of up to 1000 words that includes a 300-word curatorial statement, exhibition goals and objectives, any technical requirements, and artists' names. We additionally encourage the proposal of a public program (date and time to be determined if proposal is selected).

• A full exhibition checklist with artist names, selected artwork, and links to their website and/or social media. Please include images (1-2 images per proposed artist) and dimensions for all works. Filenames formatted as: ARTISTLASTNAME_01,  ARTISTLASTNAME_02, etc. Video samples (if applicable) may be submitted as separate .mov or .mp4, with filenames formatted as such: All video samples must be accompanied by a link to the full piece, to be included in the checklist.

• A Curator’s CV.

• Three professional references with contact information.


The selected curator will be awarded a $2,000 honorarium.


Submission deadline is Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

Final selection and applicant will be notified by BCA staff. Please do not submit original materials; ONLY ELECTRONIC FILES WILL BE PROCESSED. All applications will be kept on our files for future reference. For technical inquiries please contact Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos at

The Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos is part of the Bronx Council on the Arts Longwood Arts Project, an artist centric initiative providing youth art engagement programs, exhibitions, artists professional development opportunities, and public programming.

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 2022 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