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Bronx Recognizes its Own (BRIO) Grant

Awards to Bronx, New York Individuals for Excellence
in Visual, Media, Literary, and Performing Arts

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Foundation / Corporation

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Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA)

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Deadline Date:

12/16/19 11:59 PM


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Awards of $5,000 to Bronx, New York individual artists to recognize outstanding works across a broad range of creative disciplines. Funding is intended to support emerging artists who create exceptional works in the media, literary, visual, and performing arts disciplines. Work samples must be from work created in the last five years (between 2014 and 2019).

Awardees are selected for work that demonstrates the following:

  • An innovative approach to the discipline
  • Probing and pushing of 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 required to complete a one-time public service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) within a year of receiving the award. ACE events (ranging 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

For information about disciplines and categories, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159313

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Term of Contract:

Recipients will be required to complete the Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) community service activity within a year of receiving the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- You must be 18 years old or older.
- You must be a resident of the Bronx. Winners must provide 2 proofs of residency.
- You must have an e-mail address.
- You must have a Social Security number.

Not Eligible:
- Full-time graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in any degree program.
- Recipients of 2019 BRIO awards.
- Individuals who work for Bronx Council on the Arts.

Pre-proposal Conference:

"How to Apply" Workshops will be held on the following dates. First-time applicants and those who have no applied in the last two years are strongly encouraged to attend.:

November 5, 2019, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Parkchester NYPL
1985 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462

November 20, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Vladeck Hall
80 Van Cortlandt Park South #D1
Bronx, NY 10463

December 5, 2019, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Bronx Library Center
310 E. Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10458

December 10, 2019, 6.30 PM - 8:00 PM
Bronx Council on the Arts
Bronx Library Center, 310 E Kingsbridge Rd

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Monday, December 16, 2019, by 11:59 PM. Applications are submitted online through Submittable.

Decisions will be e-mailed to all applicants in approximately May of the grant year. Winners will then be invited to a ceremony that following June, at which they will be honored and receive the award. BRIO winners are subsequently required to complete a one-time community service activity known as Artists for Community
Enrichment (ACE) within a year.

Eligible applicants can submit only one application in one discipline.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Bronx;   New York