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

Bronx Council on the Arts Artist Residency
Application Deadline: March 20th, 2023

The Bronx Council on the Arts is seeking teaching artists to staff artist residencies for youth involved in the criminal justice system from April through December 2023.
This program aims to engage Bronx youth involved in the criminal justice system with the benefits of creative expression. Successful candidates will have experience teaching and working with these youth and will possess a passion for arts education.
Selected artists will receive a stipend in the amount of $3,000. They will work with the organization to further define project goals and coordinate a schedule for residency activities and the use of facilities. Program activities will take place either on Zoom or in person, per the organization’s preference.
All components of the application must be received no later than Monday, March 20th, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST. 

Deadline extended to Friday, March 31st at 11:59 PM EST.

Guidelines available here
Open call for artists age 18 and above, preference given to Bronx residents.
A panel comprised of representatives from the Bronx Council on the Arts will review applications from individuals.
The panels will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:
· Artistic excellence of the proposed workshops
· Potential impact on participants
· Clarity and detail of the project proposal
· Experience teaching and working with youth involved in the criminal justice system
· Selected applicants may be subject to a background check by the organization
The residency award is a contract for services; selected artists will be subject to the following requirements:
· Sign and return a residency agreement
· Track evaluative data, as requested
· Submit a final report on a timely basis after completion of the program
Artists who do not comply with the requirements will jeopardize their funding and future grant consideration.
1. Provide general information, such as name, contact, and a short bio, highlighting experience relevant to this proposal. This bio may be used by BCA or the host organization in publicity materials if your proposal is selected for support (250 words)
2. Fill out demographic information to the level of your comfort, feel free to check as many may apply. The questions on age, gender, ethnicity, and disability are for statistical purposes only and will not be used in making a determination.
3. Locate electoral district numbers, visit: http://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/
For your community board number, visit: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/cau/community-boards/community-boards.page
4. We have three partners.
All programming will take place in person.

Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) 

i. Located at 424 East 147th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 Would prefer programming in Visual Arts, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, and Media Arts. In their own words: "The mission of the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) is to increase public safety through innovative services that reduce crime and incarceration, improve behavioral health, promote recovery and rehabilitation, and create opportunities for success in the community."


The Door - Bronx Youth Center

i. Located at 424 East 147th Street, Bronx NY 10455 

Prefers programming in Visual Arts, and Performing Arts,

Their mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a caring environment. They provide employment and education programming for young people between the ages of 16-24. Additionally, the BYC offers a biweekly criminal law clinic, counseling crisis services, a food pantry, and regular recreational activities.


Bronx Connect 

i. Located at 432 E 149th St, Bronx, NY 10455

Since 1999, Bronx Connect has served 2000 youth and young adults in its alternative programs for court-involved high-risk youth. For nearly two decades, it has been the only Bronx-based, faith-based and community-based alternative to incarceration, and alternative to detention program serving our community.

5. Check the specific artistic discipline(s) you are utilizing for this program. Check all that apply. If other, specify the genre.
6. Describe your previous experience working with youth who have been impacted or involved in the New York criminal justice system.
7. Provide a description of the program in summary, including the program title, start and end date, and a short description. This section may be used in your agreement and publicity materials if this proposal is selected for support. (Maximum 250 words)
8. Describe the program in detail. (Maximum 1500 words) NOTE: Residency will be 18 contact hours. Each session should be approximately 60 to 90 minutes. 

  • Detail the artistic discipline(s) you will be utilizing.
  • Describe the materials used, the teaching techniques employed, and the expectations for participation.
  • Describe your goals and objectives for the participants and the entire series.
  • Describe the space and tools necessary to conduct the program. Note: Any supply costs will not be covered by BCA.
  • Describe the artistic activities that will be offered, including information about the expected progression of the course, such as a breakdown of week-to-week activities and an explanation of the intents and purposes behind them.

9. Describe your relevant previous experience. All applicants should describe previous experience that supports this proposal. Include details about work with relevant communities, professional development credentials, experience in community arts programs or work in arts education. (Maximum 1000 words)
10. Work Samples: Upload up to 5 files. Samples should reflect or be examples of the artist’s work and/or artistic work produced in similar workshops conducted (PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPG, GIF, MP3, M4A, MP4, MOV files accepted).
11. Resume: Individual Artists may upload a resume (PDF, DOC).
12. Social Media (Optional)
If your proposal is selected for support, we would like to connect with you on social media. This includes professional websites, as well as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube/Vimeo. This information is not required, and please do not share links to personal accounts if you do not also use them for professional purposes. Social media content will not be considered in the review process.
To Submit Your Application
Bronx Council on the Arts will collect applications using Submittable.com. All applicants can upload their applications at: https://bronxcouncilonthearts.submittable.com/submit/b12555ae-ebcd-46a5-a981-3eb519e74d70/juvenile-justice-artist-residency-2023

Applicants will be directed to create a log-in on Submittable.com using the above link if they do not already have a login. Once the applicant has logged in, they will be asked to fill in their name, phone number, email, and home borough. Applicants will not be able to submit after 11:59 PM on Monday, March 20th, 2023. BCA suggests not waiting until the night of the deadline to submit in case there are technical difficulties. BCA staff is available to assist with application questions at dionne@bronxarts.org.

Thank you for your application!

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.

Open Call for Curators: "Self-Reflection/Rehash" | Deadline: Friday, April 7th

The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is seeking applications from NYC curators for its Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos Summer 2023 group exhibition Self-Reflection/Rehash (June 7 – July 12, 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.


About Self-Reflection/Rehash: 

Self-Reflection/Rehash will be a group exhibition featuring 7 to 10 artists whose work looks at different forms of self-representation that depart from conventional notions and attributes of diasporic identity, such as heritage, nationality, and race, among others. Using a variety of artistic mediums, these artists focus on self-portraiture to present their own inner dialogue about the human condition, such as aging, mental health, and body image. Through diverse creative methods, these artists take the self-portrait beyond its classic definition. Viewers will witness the constituting parts of each artist, rather than the explored parts of societal and cultural frameworks of 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.


  • 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.
  • Artists will receive a $200 honorarium. 
  • 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. (Note: Gallery Summer hours are Tuesdays through Thursdays 12pm - 6pm)


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.


Installation- Tuesday May 30th, Wednesday May 31st, & Thursday June 1st

Opening Reception-Wednesday June 7th, 6-8pm

Public Program- Wednesday June 28th, 6-8pm

Closing Reception-Wednesday July 12th, 6-8pm

Deinstallation- Tuesday July 18th, Wednesday July 19th, Thursday July 20th 


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


Submission deadline is Friday, April 7th

Final selection and applicant will be notified by BCA staff on Thursday, April 13th, 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