OPPORTUNITIES FOR BRONX INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS, ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, & ARTIST COLLECTIVES

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) offers funding and opportunities 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.


Below are BCA’s grant current opportunities. For more information, visit www.bronxarts.org/grants or send and email to contact@bronxarts.org | 718-931-9500 ex. 22



Open Call – Youth Journalist

Deadline: Wednesday December 14th

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is seeking a Bronx-based youth journalist to be commissioned to write articles related to the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos exhibition themes, specific artists or artworks, or topical essays. Interested writers may submit examples of their work for consideration.

About the Open Call

  • Please submit two original writing samples, 500 words max each & brief bio (250 words max)
  • Stipend of $150 per 500-word piece will be provided;
  • Gallery will produce the article as a mini zine to accompany exhibition booklets;
  • Journalist will be commissioned for 4 articles during the course of the exhibition season (1 article per exhibit);
  • Both author and BCA retain reproduction rights to the commissioned text, with credit always given to the author;
  • deadline is December 14th

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Journalist must be a Bronx resident between the ages of 18-24


If interested, please send your writing samples to longwood@bronxarts.org with “Youth Journalist” in the subject line.

Open Call for Curators: "Process Reimagined" | Deadline: January 5th, 2023

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is seeking applications from NYC curators for its Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Spring 2023 group exhibition Process Reimagined (March 29th- May 3rd). 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 artists as well as with Bronx’s arts and cultural practices.

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 presenting 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.


Process Reimagined – Curatorial Vision

Process Reimagined will be a group exhibition featuring 8 to 10 artists whose artwork incorporates experimental processes and/or takes a disparate approach in their practice. The open call will solicit work that addresses interdisciplinary practices combining a variety of media, such as video-performance, installation, alternative photography processes, digital art, silk screen, textile, and other work using unconventional materials. We seek artworks using materials that in their essence and their properties may related to sound, touch, movement, and space, opening up a wide field of connections, views, associations and interpretations.

Process Reimagined aims to highlight artists who have a creative approach to artmaking and presentation of content.


GUIDELINES:

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.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

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

• An exhibition proposal up to 500 words that includes a 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 proposed exhibition checklist with artists’ names, image of each artwork, artwork title, year, dimensions, and media. Include a list of confirmed artists with URL’s or websites if applicable. Video samples (if applicable) may be submitted as separate .mov or .mp4, with file names formatted as such: ARTISTLASTNAME_1.mov. All video samples must be accompanied by a link to the full piece, to be included in the checklist.

• A Curator’s CV.

• Names of three references with contact information.


TENTATIVE DATES :

Installation- Tuesday March 21st, Wednesday March 22nd, & Thursday March 23rd

Opening Reception-Wednesday March 29th, 6-8pm

Public Program- Wednesday April 19th, 6-8pm

Closing Reception-Wednesday May 3rd, 6-8pm

Deinstallation- Tuesday May 9th, Wednesday May 10th, Thursday May 11th


HONORARIUM :

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


SELECTION PROCESS:

Submission deadline is January 5th, 2023.

Final selection and applicant will be notified by BCA staff on January 19th, 2023. All applications will be kept in our files for future reference. For technical inquiries please contact Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos at longwood@bronxarts.org

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.

Bronx Council on the Arts Bronx Recognizes Its Own  
recognizing outstanding artists in the Bronx for over 30 years  


BCA’s BRIO Award has been recognizing artistic excellence across a wide range of creative disciplines for 34 years. Annually, 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 up to $5,000 each. Artists who have received a BRIO award – notably early career artists – represent the vast diversity of Bronx residents, inclusive of a large array of ethnicities, ages, and genders that mirror the diversity of our borough. Over the years, BRIO has emerged as one of the most coveted distinctions amongst artists residing in the Bronx.
The Bronx Council on the Arts now highlights BRIO's core emphasis: having distributed over $1,950,000 in support to 550 artists over more than three decades. 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 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

In addition, winners are encouraged to complete a one-time public service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) within a year of receiving the award. ACE events, which range from performances with Q&As to workshops and classes, provide artists with additional visibility and demonstrate to the community the wealth of artistic talent available in our borough.  BCA is proud to continue the BRIO tradition into the future, offering this invaluable honor in the Bronx that

  • Boosts early career artists
  • Highlights previously unknown voices
  • Recognizes quality artistic practice
  • Fosters connection between Bronx artists and their communities  _______________________________________________________

SELECTION OF AWARDS   BRIO is adjudicated on a blind submission process. New panels of arts professionals are convened each year to select awardees. All materials and information involved in the process are kept confidential and are viewed anonymously by the panelists. When the application is received, a code number is assigned to each application and its corresponding material. The applicant's coded work sample is the only identifying information available to the panelists for review. Materials not meeting the submission guidelines will render an application ineligible.

AWARD NOTIFICATION   Decisions will be e-mailed to all applicants in approximately May of the grant year. Winners will be invited to a ceremony in June of 2023 at which they will be honored and receive the award. BRIO winners are encouraged to complete a one-time community service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) within a year. All BRIO awards are subject to verification of information submitted and proof of Bronx residency.
ACE (ARTISTS FOR COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT)   An important and integral component of BRIO is ACE, which encourages each awardee to present a one-time public service activity within the one-year period of the award. This initiative was created to provide artists with additional visibility and also to provide Bronxites with the opportunity to experience the wealth of talent available in the community.

Who can apply?
You must be 18 years old or older.

  • You must be a resident of the Bronx. Applicants must provide 2 proofs of Bronx residency. (See instructions below)
  • You must have an e-mail address
  • You must have a Social Security number

Who is not eligible to apply?

  • Full time graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in any degree program.
  • Recipients of 2022 BRIO awards.
  • Individuals who work for Bronx Council on the Arts.

General submission information

  • Work samples must be from work created in the last 5 years (between 2018 and 2022).
  • BRIO awards are adjudicated in a blind submission process. Panelists will evaluate submissions based on the materials they are viewing/hearing/reading. Applicants are advised to be highly selective and intentional in choosing work samples to submit. Poor quality work samples and materials will affect the panel's evaluation.
  • In order to submit an application, you must create an account online at Submittable.com.
  • Eligible applicants can submit only one application in one discipline.
  • Only submit materials necessary for the discipline in which you are applying.
  • Any required information missing at the time of the panel review will render the application ineligible.
  • Work samples must not contain any identifying information (name, email, etc.) in any part of the application, including file names; such information will render the application ineligible.
  • Previous BRIO winners cannot apply using the same work samples as a previously winning application.
  • Application links are available online at www.bronxarts.org beginning November 14, 2022.

CATEGORIES:
Literary Arts:   Fiction, Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Screenwriting, Illustrated Text

Media Arts:   Digital Arts, Film or Video (Narrative/Documentary/Experimental), Film Animation

Performing Arts:   Acting, Choreography, Dance, Instrumental and Vocal Music Performance (Audio only!), Music Composition, Performance Poetry, Spoken Word, Storytelling

Visual Arts:   2-D: Artist book, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Street Art   3-D: Installation Art, Mixed Media, Performance Art, Sculpture, Architecture, Crafts, Graphic Design, Environmental and Interior Design

A COMPLETED APPLICATION WILL INCLUDE:                                                                                                                                                                         Please Note: all of the items below must be uploaded in order to apply:


Online application. All fields of the Submittable application with a red asterisk (*) must be filled out.                                                                                                                                                                   Applicant Bio (150 words) 

Headshot (jpeg 300 dpi)
Your (Literary, Visual, Performing, or Media Arts) work sample(s).
None of the information below will be shared with panelists for review
One-page resume citing your artistic, professional, and educational background.
Proof of Bronx Residency - (submit 2) any of the following are considered acceptable:

  • NYS Driver’s license
  • New York State or New York City ID
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Mortgage, rent receipt, or lease agreement
  • Utility bill (e.g., electricity, cable, gas, etc.)
  • Credit card or bank statement (first page only; social security number/financial information blacked out)
  • NYS or Federal tax return
  • Bursar’s receipt (required for part-time students)


Questions? Contact Bryan E. Glover, Deputy Director of Grants and Programs | bryan@bronxarts.org
Please Note: Applicants CAN apply to BRIO and Arts Fund but must choose only ONE Grant if awarded both. An artist may not accept money from BRIO and Arts Fund because both grants are funded through the same source. Eligible applicants CAN receive money from BRIO, New Work, and Community Arts in the same year.

Bronx Council on the Arts Bronx Recognizes Its Own
recognizing outstanding artists in the Bronx for over 30 years


BCA’s BRIO Award has been recognizing artistic excellence across a wide range of creative disciplines for 34 years. Annually, 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 up to $5,000 each. Artists who have received a BRIO award – notably early career artists – represent the vast diversity of Bronx residents, inclusive of a large array of ethnicities, ages, and genders that mirror the diversity of our borough. Over the years, BRIO has emerged as one of the most coveted distinctions amongst artists residing in the Bronx.
The Bronx Council on the Arts now highlights BRIO's core emphasis: having distributed over $1,950,000 in support to 550 artists over more than three decades. 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 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

In addition, winners are encouraged to complete a one-time public service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) within a year of receiving the award. ACE events, which range from performances with Q&As to workshops and classes, provide artists with additional visibility and demonstrate to the community the wealth of artistic talent available in our borough.   BCA is proud to continue the BRIO tradition into the future, offering this invaluable honor in the Bronx that

  • Boosts early career artists
  • Highlights previously unknown voices
  • Recognizes quality artistic practice
  • Fosters connection between Bronx artists and their communities  _______________________________________________________

SELECTION OF AWARDS   BRIO is adjudicated on a blind submission process. New panels of arts professionals are convened each year to select awardees. All materials and information involved in the process are kept confidential and are viewed anonymously by the panelists. When the application is received, a code number is assigned to each application and its corresponding material. The applicant's coded work sample is the only identifying information available to the panelists for review. Materials not meeting the submission guidelines will render an application ineligible.

AWARD NOTIFICATION   Decisions will be e-mailed to all applicants in approximately May of the grant year. Winners will be invited to a ceremony in June of 2023 at which they will be honored and receive the award. BRIO winners are encouraged to complete a one-time community service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) within a year. All BRIO awards are subject to verification of information submitted and proof of Bronx residency.


ACE (ARTISTS FOR COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT)   An important and integral component of BRIO is ACE, which encourages each awardee to present a one-time public service activity within the one-year period of the award. This initiative was created to provide artists with additional visibility and also to provide Bronxites with the opportunity to experience the wealth of talent available in the community.

Who can apply?
You must be 18 years old or older.

  • You must be a resident of the Bronx. Applicants must provide 2 proofs of Bronx residency. (See instructions below)
  • You must have an e-mail address
  • You must have a Social Security number

Who is not eligible to apply?

  • Full time graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in any degree program.
  • Recipients of 2021 BRIO awards.
  • Individuals who work for Bronx Council on the Arts.

General submission information

  • Work samples must be from work created in the last 5 years (between 2018 and 2022).
  • BRIO awards are adjudicated in a blind submission process. Panelists will evaluate submissions based on the materials they are viewing/hearing/reading. Applicants are advised to be highly selective and intentional in choosing work samples to submit. Poor quality work samples and materials will affect the panel's evaluation.
  • In order to submit an application, you must create an account online at Submittable.com.
  • Eligible applicants can submit only one application in one discipline.
  • Only submit materials necessary for the discipline in which you are applying.
  • Any required information missing at the time of the panel review will render the application ineligible.
  • Work samples must not contain any identifying information (name, email, etc.) in any part of the application, including file names; such information will render the application ineligible.
  • Previous BRIO winners cannot apply using the same work samples as a previously winning application.
  • Application links are available online at www.bronxarts.org beginning November 14, 2022.

CATEGORIES:
Literary Arts:   Fiction, Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Screenwriting, Illustrated Text

Media Arts:   Digital Arts, Film or Video (Narrative/Documentary/Experimental), Film Animation

Performing Arts:   Acting, Choreography, Dance, Instrumental and Vocal Music Performance (Audio only!), Music Composition, Performance Poetry, Spoken Word, Storytelling

Visual Arts:   2-D: Artist book, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Street Art, Digital Visual Art,   3-D: Installation Art, Mixed Media, Performance Art, Sculpture, Architecture, Crafts, Graphic Design, Environmental and Interior Design

A COMPLETED APPLICATION WILL INCLUDE:                                                                              (Please Note: All of the items below must be uploaded in order to apply)


Online application. All fields of the Submittable application with an asterisk (*) must be filled out.
Your (Literary, Visual, Performing, or Media Arts) work sample(s).
None of the information below will be shared with panelists for review

Applicant Bio (150 words) 

Headshot (jpeg 300 dpi)
One-page resume citing your artistic, professional, and educational background.
Proof of Bronx Residency - (submit 2) any of the following are considered acceptable:

  • NYS Driver’s license
  • New York State or New York City ID
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Mortgage, rent receipt, or lease agreement
  • Utility bill (e.g., electricity, cable, gas, etc.)
  • Credit card or bank statement (first page only; social security number/financial information blacked out)
  • NYS or Federal tax return
  • Bursar’s receipt (required for part-time students)

Questions? Contact Bryan E. Glover, Deputy Director of Grants and Programs | bryan@bronxarts.org          

Please Note: Applicants CAN apply to BRIO and Arts Fund but must choose only ONE Grant if awarded both. An artist may not accept money from BRIO and Arts Fund because both grants are funded through the same source. Eligible applicants CAN receive money from BRIO, New Work, and Community Arts in the same year.

Bronx Council on the Arts Bronx Recognizes Its Own  
recognizing outstanding artists in the Bronx for over 30 years  

BCA’s BRIO Award has been recognizing artistic excellence across a wide range of creative disciplines for 34 years. Annually, 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 up to $5,000 each. Artists who have received a BRIO award – notably early career artists – represent the vast diversity of Bronx residents, inclusive of a large array of ethnicities, ages, and genders that mirror the diversity of our borough. Over the years, BRIO has emerged as one of the most coveted distinctions amongst artists residing in the Bronx.
The Bronx Council on the Arts now highlights BRIO's core emphasis: having distributed over $1,950,000 in support to 550 artists over more than three decades. 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 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 

In addition, winners are encouraged to complete a one-time public service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) within a year of receiving the award. ACE events, which range from performances with Q&As to workshops and classes, provide artists with additional visibility and demonstrate to the community the wealth of artistic talent available in our borough.   BCA is proud to continue the BRIO tradition into the future, offering this invaluable honor in the Bronx that   

  • Boosts early career artists 
  • Highlights previously unknown voices 
  • Recognizes quality artistic practice 
  • Fosters connection between Bronx artists and their communities  _______________________________________________________ 

SELECTION OF AWARDS   BRIO is adjudicated on a blind submission process. New panels of arts professionals are convened each year to select awardees. All materials and information involved in the process are kept confidential and are viewed anonymously by the panelists. When the application is received, a code number is assigned to each application and its corresponding material. The applicant's coded work sample is the only identifying information available to the panelists for review. Materials not meeting the submission guidelines will render an application ineligible.   


AWARD NOTIFICATION   Decisions will be e-mailed to all applicants in approximately May of the grant year. Winners will be invited to a ceremony in June of 2023 at which they will be honored and receive the award. BRIO winners are encouraged to complete a one-time community service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) within a year. All BRIO awards are subject to verification of information submitted and proof of Bronx residency.   

ACE (ARTISTS FOR COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT)   An important and integral component of BRIO is ACE, which encourages each awardee to present a one-time public service activity within the one-year period of the award. This initiative was created to provide artists with additional visibility and also to provide Bronxites with the opportunity to experience the wealth of talent available in the community.   


Who can apply?  
You must be 18 years old or older. 

  • You must be a resident of the Bronx. Applicants must provide 2 proofs of Bronx residency. (See instructions below) 
  • You must have an e-mail address 
  • You must have a Social Security number 



Who is not eligible to apply? 

  • Full time graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in any degree program. 
  • Recipients of 2022 BRIO awards. 
  • Individuals who work for Bronx Council on the Arts. 

 
General submission information  

  • Work samples must be from work created in the last 5 years (between 2017 and 2022).
  • BRIO awards are adjudicated in a blind submission process. Panelists will evaluate submissions based on the materials they are viewing/hearing/reading. Applicants are advised to be highly selective and intentional in choosing work samples to submit. Poor quality work samples and materials will affect the panel's evaluation.
  • In order to submit an application, you must create an account online at Submittable.com.
  • Eligible applicants can submit only one application in one discipline.
  • Only submit materials necessary for the discipline in which you are applying.
  • Any required information missing at the time of the panel review will render the application ineligible.
  • Work samples must not contain any identifying information (name, email, etc.) in any part of the application, including file names; such information will render the application ineligible.
  • Previous BRIO winners cannot apply using the same work samples as a previously winning application.
  • Application links are available on-line at www.bronxarts.org beginning November 14, 2022.



CATEGORIES:
Literary Arts:   Fiction, Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Screenwriting, Illustrated Text   

Media Arts:   Digital Arts, Film or Video (Narrative/Documentary/Experimental), Film Animation  

Performing Arts:   Acting, Choreography, Dance, Instrumental and Vocal Music Performance (Audio only!), Music Composition, Performance Poetry, Spoken Word, Storytelling  

Visual Arts:   2-D: Artist book, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Street Art, Digital Visual Art   3-D: Installation Art, Mixed Media, Performance Art, Sculpture, Architecture, Crafts, Graphic Design, Environmental and Interior Design   

A COMPLETED APPLICATION WILL INCLUDE:                                                                              (Please Note: All of the items below must be uploaded in order to apply )

Online application. All fields of the Submittable application with an asterisk (*) must be filled out.  
Your (Literary, Visual, Performing, or Media Arts) work sample(s).  
                   None of the information below will be shared with panelists for review  
One-page resume citing your artistic, professional, and educational background.  

Applicant Bio (150 words) 

 Headshot (jpeg 300 dpi)
Proof of Bronx Residency - (submit 2) any of the following are considered acceptable:  

  • NYS Driver’s license 
  • New York State or New York City ID 
  • Voter Registration Card 
  • Mortgage, rent receipt, or lease agreement 
  • Utility bill (e.g., electricity, cable, gas, etc.) 
  • Credit card or bank statement (first page only; social security number/financial information blacked out) 
  • NYS or Federal tax return 
  • Bursar’s receipt (required for part-time students) 



Questions? Contact Bryan E. Glover, Deputy Director of Grants and Programs | bryan@bronxarts.org         
Please Note: Applicants CAN apply to BRIO and Arts Fund but must choose only ONE Grant if awarded both. An artist may not accept money from BRIO and Arts Fund because both grants are funded through the same source. Eligible applicants CAN receive money from BRIO, New Work, and Community Arts in the same year. 

Bronx Council on the Arts Bronx Recognizes Its Own  
recognizing outstanding artists in the Bronx for over 30 years  

BCA’s BRIO Award has been recognizing artistic excellence across a wide range of creative disciplines for 34 years. Annually, 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 up to $5,000 each. Artists who have received a BRIO award – notably early career artists – represent the vast diversity of Bronx residents, inclusive of a large array of ethnicities, ages, and genders that mirror the diversity of our borough. Over the years, BRIO has emerged as one of the most coveted distinctions amongst artists residing in the Bronx.
The Bronx Council on the Arts now highlights BRIO's core emphasis: having distributed over $1,950,000 in support to 550 artists over more than three decades. 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 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

In addition, winners are encouraged to complete a one-time public service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) within a year of receiving the award. ACE events, which range from performances with Q&As to workshops and classes, provide artists with additional visibility and demonstrate to the community the wealth of artistic talent available in our borough.   BCA is proud to continue the BRIO tradition into the future, offering this invaluable honor in the Bronx that

  • Boosts early career artists
  • Highlights previously unknown voices
  • Recognizes quality artistic practice
  • Fosters connection between Bronx artists and their communities  _______________________________________________________

SELECTION OF AWARDS   BRIO is adjudicated on a blind submission process. New panels of arts professionals are convened each year to select awardees. All materials and information involved in the process are kept confidential and are viewed anonymously by the panelists. When the application is received, a code number is assigned to each application and its corresponding material. The applicant's coded work sample is the only identifying information available to the panelists for review. Materials not meeting the submission guidelines will render an application ineligible.

AWARD NOTIFICATION   Decisions will be e-mailed to all applicants in approximately May of the grant year. Winners will be invited to a ceremony in June of 2023 at which they will be honored and receive the award. BRIO winners are encouraged to complete a one-time community service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) within a year. All BRIO awards are subject to verification of information submitted and proof of Bronx residency.
ACE (ARTISTS FOR COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT)   An important and integral component of BRIO is ACE, which encourages each awardee to present a one-time public service activity within the one-year period of the award. This initiative was created to provide artists with additional visibility and also to provide Bronxites with the opportunity to experience the wealth of talent available in the community.

Who can apply?
You must be 18 years old or older.

  • You must be a resident of the Bronx. Applicants must provide 2 proofs of Bronx residency. (See instructions below)
  • You must have an e-mail address
  • You must have a Social Security number

Who is not eligible to apply?

  • Full time graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in any degree program.
  • Recipients of 2021 BRIO awards.
  • Individuals who work for Bronx Council on the Arts.

General submission information

  • Work samples must be from work created in the last 5 years (between 2018 and 2022).
  • BRIO awards are adjudicated in a blind submission process. Panelists will evaluate submissions based on the materials they are viewing/hearing/reading. Applicants are advised to be highly selective and intentional in choosing work samples to submit. Poor quality work samples and materials will affect the panel's evaluation.
  • In order to submit an application, you must create an account online at Submittable.com.
  • Eligible applicants can submit only one application in one discipline.
  • Only submit materials necessary for the discipline in which you are applying.
  • Any required information missing at the time of the panel review will render the application ineligible.
  • Work samples must not contain any identifying information (name, email, etc.) in any part of the application, including file names; such information will render the application ineligible.
  • Previous BRIO winners cannot apply using the same work samples as a previously winning application.
  • Application links are available online at www.bronxarts.org beginning November 14, 2022.

CATEGORIES:
Literary Arts:   Fiction, Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Screenwriting, Illustrated Text

Media Arts:   Digital Arts, Film or Video (Narrative/Documentary/Experimental), Film Animation

Performing Arts:   Acting, Choreography, Dance, Instrumental and Vocal Music Performance (Audio only!), Music Composition, Performance Poetry, Spoken Word, Storytelling

Visual Arts:   2-D: Artist book, Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Street Art, Digital Visual Art   3-D: Installation Art, Mixed Media, Performance Art, Sculpture, Architecture, Crafts, Graphic Design, Environmental and Interior Design

A COMPLETED APPLICATION WILL INCLUDE:                                                                                                                                                                        (Please Note: All of the items below must be uploaded in order to apply)
Online application. All fields of the Submittable application with an asterisk (*) must be filled out.
Your (Literary, Visual, Performing, or Media Arts) work sample(s).
  None of the information below will be shared with panelists for review
One-page resume citing your artistic, professional, and educational background.

Applicant Bio (150 words) 

Headshot (jpeg 300 dpi)
Proof of Bronx Residency - (submit 2) any of the following are considered acceptable:

  • NYS Driver’s license
  • New York State or New York City ID
  • Voter Registration Card
  • Mortgage, rent receipt, or lease agreement
  • Utility bill (e.g., electricity, cable, gas, etc.)
  • Credit card or bank statement (first page only; social security number/financial information blacked out)
  • NYS or Federal tax return
  • Bursar’s receipt (required for part-time students)



Questions? Contact Bryan E. Glover, Deputy Director of Grants and Programs | bryan@bronxarts.org

Please Note: Applicants CAN apply to BRIO and Arts Fund but must choose only ONE Grant if awarded both. An artist may not accept money from BRIO and Arts Fund because both grants are funded through the same source. Eligible applicants CAN receive money from BRIO, New Work, and Community Arts in the same year.

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 2023 grant cycle. 

BCA hosts several grantmaking programs distributing more than $800,000 a year in funding to Bronx artists, collectives, and nonprofit organizations. Panelist from the community play a key role in the awards process; their knowledge and expertise is a crucial part of helping to shape the way public arts funds are distributed.

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

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 BCA's 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 when needed. 


For more info on BCA's grants, visit HERE: https://www.bronxarts.org/grants
 

All Panelists receive an honorarium.


We are excited to share a new open call and invite independent curators and arts professionals to submit their proposals for the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos for its FY2024 Exhibitions Calendar (July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024).  This season's theme is Against the grain.

The selected curators will be responsible for contacting and sourcing all materials from artists, writing exhibition texts, and facilitating a public program. We encourage curatorial proposals by independent curators who are attuned to stretching boundaries and familiar with artists from The Bronx.

This call for proposals aligns with our mission to nurture the development of a diverse array of artists and arts organizations and build strong cultural connections in and beyond The Bronx. We seek to strengthen the cultural ecosystem of The Bronx by nurturing its artists and arts organizations, and by serving the field at large and the public through programs that build connections with other organizations in NYC, provide resources and advocate for equitable practices.

BCA focuses on the work of underrepresented groups, especially artists of color, women, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.


AGAINST THE GRAIN

[nonconformist, renegade, maverick, rebel, radical, individualist, heretic, dissenter, dissident, iconoclast, loner], etc.

Artists have always stood out for raising their voices within societies that favor the general-- not the particular--where innovative ideas are scrutinized with suspicion, and where dissent and advocating for overlooked communities might be suppressed.

We invite curators to submit proposals that highlight the voices of artists who challenge the status quo.


GUIDELINES: Proposals will be judged on merit. We will select three exhibitions total for the Longwood Gallery @ Hostos based on the strength of the art and curatorial project.

  • Submissions should focus on artists and themes in an innovative, timely, challenging, and engaging way.
  • Group exhibitions (4 or more artists) are preferred. At least one-third of the artists should live/work in the Bronx.
  • Guest Curators should not include their own work in the exhibition proposal.
  • Proposals that include programs such as artist talks, community workshops, and gallery tours are preferred.
  • We are looking for proposals that clearly demonstrate a unique and creative approach to curatorial research methods and innovative exhibition plans, as well as the inclusion of various art media.
  • BCA strongly encourages applications that expand our mission and contribute to our ongoing commitment to emerging or overlooked artists, social and environmental justice, and advocacy for artists.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • The Longwood Art Gallery covers the cost of art handlers and insurance for all the artworks. 
  • The curator will receive an honorarium of $2,000 for curating and organizing the exhibition as well as coordinating with the artists for the timely reception of their works.
  • The curator must be present for both installation and deinstallation of the exhibition. If this is not possible, they must organize for someone to be present in their place.
  • A BCA staff member will be available to support the curator with logistics (artists contracts, coordination with art handlers, etc.)
  • BCA is not responsible for shipping of artwork.
  • Selected exhibitions will run for 5 weeks.
  • Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 12pm - 6pm. (Gallery summer hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays 12pm - 6pm)


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
 

  • Your personal information (name, address, phone number, and email address).
  • A detailed exhibition proposal of up to 500 words that includes a curatorial statement, exhibition goals and objectives, and technical requirements.
  • A list of artists with a checklist of images. Indicate whether these artists have been confirmed.
  • 5 - 10 image samples. This does not have to be a final image checklist, but a list of artworks that demonstrate your exhibition idea.
  • A Curator’s CV (max. 2 pages)
  • Three relevant professional references (names and contact info) 


SELECTION PROCESS:

The Submission deadline is Thursday, December 22, 2022. The application is open to curators residing in NYC. Notification of selection will be sent by Thursday, January 5, 2023.

Finalists will be contacted for a virtual or safe in-person interview before selections are announced. Longwood Art Gallery @Hostos will only accept submissions through Submittable. Do not send original materials.  All applications will be kept in our files for future reference. For technical inquiries, please contact Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos at longwood@bronxarts.org

*No phone calls inquiring about the status of your submission, please.


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. 

Bronx Council on the Arts