This past Monday we began what we hope to be an exciting collaboration with WHEDco and the Bronx Music Heritage Center! We will be working together to engage the community in a series of workshops and group discussions about music in the Bronx! BxArts Factory has selected a trio of amazing artists to work with. The artists will be facilitating the community engagement conversations and also creating individual mural projects inspired by their work with community members. The 3 murals will beautify the Melrose area in The Bronx where the new BMHC home will be! Our 1st project began with artist Ralph Serrano and the students from the WHEDco After School Proram in PS/MS 218. Ralph worked with the students to define what they value the most from the music originated in the Bronx and the music that is present within their communities. We will soon begin the work on this mural which will be located at the Melrose Building Materials Company on 163rd! Our following 2 projects will take place soon after with artists Sharon Lee De La Cruz (UnoSeisTres) and Crystal Clarity! We will keep you posted on all the work and on the unveiling activities!
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Natalie N. Caro is an editor, writer, and professor. She graduated from Lehman College, Magna Cum Laude, with double major in English Literature and Philosophy. She earned a fellowship and an MFA from City College. In 2013, she was awarded the Bronx Recognizes Its Own Fellowship by the Bronx Council on the Arts for excellence in Poetry. She was nominated for The Pushcart Prize, one of the most honored literary projects in America, in 2015. Currently, she's a doctoral candidate in CIAS- Center for Inter-American Studies, Bielefeld, University, where she will pursue a degree in Philology. She keeps forties in her fridge, because it still ain't nothing but a G thing, baby.