this museum, Graffiti is considered art. The Bronx Museum of the
Arts, founded 30 years ago, has successfully been able to give artists
a place to show their work. It was founded by a community group.
Originally housed by the Bronx County Courthouse, they later moved
to the location that they are at now. Which is 1040 Grand concourse,
Bronx, NY 10456. I interviewed Ron Kavanaugh, Who is the Communication
Associate at the museum. Here are some of the things i found out.
the 1970s, all of the boroughs were trying to get culturally
aware. Many other museum opened up around that time but it was the
Bronx Museum that stood out. They didnt start in the great
building that they are in now. When they first opened up they just
showcased peoples work in a vacant area of the Bronx County Courthouse.
A little later on the city purchased property. Then in 1982 they
moved on to that property.
Their mission statement is to serve the culturally diverse populations
of the Bronx and the greater New York metropolitan area. The museum
has a commitment to increase audience participation in the visual
arts through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, and
They showcase a number of contemporary art exhibits. One of the
more popular exhibits is called Newmonic Architecture, which brings
in around 20,000 tourist a year. Compared to other museum, this
is a very small number. They rely a great deal of community support
and school trips to the museum. They also benefit their community.
Imagine that everyday you got up, went to school, and went
to sleep. Life would be so boring. Culture is what makes a community
whole. Says Mr Kavanaugh.
They also have a number of different programs. Like One Planet Under
a Groove: HipHop
and contemporary art. One Planets first exhibition, the transitional
impact of Hip Hop culture on contemporary art, was on view from
October 26, 2001 through March 3, 2002. This landmark exhibition
has more than 60 work of art. Including painting, sculptures, drawings
and many more. The exhibition consist of more than 30 artist. Some
like David Bertocchi, Juan Capistran, and Chris Ofili.
Another one of their great programs is called BOUNCE. BOUNCE is
an electric mix of Music, Media, and Urban Lifestyles. This new
mix of monthly parties blends DJ, club culture, and visual and media
art. The WORD, which is apart of BOUNCE, presents spoken performances
by emerging and established artist. Who combine their interest in
Hip Hop with urban culture and music.
Right now they dont have too many programs for the youth but
they are currently creating a program called Studio Lab. The purpose
of this program is to give youth new media skills and elements.
The program should be up around September or October.
not impossible to get your work into the museum. Artist that are
usually in the museum are mostly Asians, African Americans, and
Latinos. Also those who live, have lived, or who work in the Bronx.
Other artist of different nationalities can get into the museum
too. They have a staff of curators who come up with exhibition ideas.
Then they find an artist to fill the exhibition. It would also make
it a lot easier to get your work into the museum if you have a history
of art. Also if you started at a young age.
more information, please visit www.bxma.org