We are happy to introduce to you our 2016-2017 Advisory Committee! After a few months of a competitive selection process we have carefully chosen a group of dynamic and committed individuals to join us in our mission to bring art to every household. Each member enthusiastically told us about their experiences with art at home and in their Bronx neighborhoods. We hope you enjoy reading a bit about each of them and help us welcome them with love and light.
We present to you our 2016-2017 Advisory Committee Members!
We asked them to answer these questions and they wrote from their heart: How have the arts and the creative process impacted your life? & Do you think the arts can have an impact in the lives of Bronxites and their families? Find their answers here.
Thanks to John Maney, Yolanda L. Rodriguez, Trevon Blondet and Shardy Nieves for the photos
Each year the Bronx Museum, together with Transportation Alternatives, the NYC Department of Health, Bronx Health Reach and over 30 other organizations, has closed the middle lanes of the Grand Concourse to cars and opened it to a world of fun with free music, activities, and programs. In 2014 we welcomed 2,500 guests, and in 2015 over 7,500 guests joined in on the festivities.
This year Boogie on the Boulevard will be reallocating the center lanes of the historic Grand Concourse from 162nd Street to 170th Street for vibrant cultural, health, and active programming for FIVE Sundays; the last Sundays of the summer months: May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28, and September 25, from 12pm to 4pm.
This year The Bronx Museum of the Arts, together with BxArts Factory, the Andrew Freedman Home, BronxWorks, and other arts organizations and individual artists will host art-making activities, face painting, arts demonstrations, performances, and more on two blocks, from 165th to 167th Streets, on the Grand Concourse.
Would you like to be a participating artist? Do you have an artwork project that just needs a (large) public space? Are you a dancer that would like to do a dance class, an actor that would like to do a play for the community and maybe do an improvisation workshop? Do you knit, paint, sculpt, create books, sings, or performs? Our goal is to have a creative hub featuring artists making live art, teaching workshops, creating studio/gallery outdoor experiences, and engaging the community through creativity.
We are looking for artists to volunteer their time on one or more of the Sundays.
This is a great opportunity for you to participate and engage with the projected 10,000+ Bronx community members and visitors that will attend the event in 2016. If you are an artist that enjoys the interactions with community members, this is your chance!
Please email us with the below information by Tuesday, March 18th at firstname.lastname@example.org to join in the fun.
- Name or collective
- Organization, if you are associated with one
- Phone number
- Dates you’d like to participate
- Type of activity or idea
We are rapidly approaching our one-year anniversary and couldn't have done it without your love and support. We are tremendously grateful. Our connection to you is important to us and our organization. To maintain and strengthen our tie to you, we have asked a group of socially conscious and committed community members to join us in our work. Over the next year, they will help us make key operational and programming decisions to shape the foundations of the BxArts Factory. We are thrilled to be working with this dedicated group of people and are excited to introduce them to you. We cannot wait to unveil our next year of events and programming, including our very first Crowd-funding Campaign. Stay tuned!
It is with great pride that we introduce our Advisory Committee for 2015-2016. We are excited and eager to continue working hard with the help of these wonderful partners!
1. Angy Abreu
2. Trevon Blondet
3. Lee Ann Cadiz
4. Natalie N. Caro
5. Hillie Galarza
6. Damian Griffin
7. Jordan Laks
8. John Maney
9. Nilka Martel
10. Laura Olivera
11. Karen Pedrosa
12. Omesh Persaud
13. Tasha Valentino
Boogie on the Boulevard is coming to the Grand Concourse August 2, 9, and 16! Would you like to be a participating artist? BxArts Factory will bring arts programming to the street in collaboration with various art organizations! Our goal is to have a BxArts “Factory on the Concourse” featuring artists creating live art, teaching workshops and engaging the community through creativity! A studio/gallery outdoor experience for the community! We are looking for artists to volunteer a bit of their time on one, two or the 3 Sundays in August from 12 to 4 pm. Do you have an artwork that just needs a (large) public space? Are you a dancer that would like to do a dance class, an actor that would like to do a play for the community and maybe do an improvisation workshop? Do you knit, paint, sculpt, create books, sings, performs?
Email us your idea before June 22nd at email@example.com to join in!
Volunteering Opportunities for our Launch Party
BxArts Factory needs your help. We are looking for 10 volunteers to assist during or Launch Party on February 12th from 6 to 8 pm at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
Volunteers must be 21 years old or older, and able to be at the venue starting at 5:30 pm. Also volunteers must commit to help for the entirety of the event.
If you are interested please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bringing Art to Every Household.
Chief Editor/House Blogger
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.