We’ve just received word that an incubator for Bronx artists is coming soon — the BxArts Factory!
Our borough has long been a cultural hot bed of the arts, we’ve produced some of the biggest names in a vast array of disciplines and have had an impact on a global scale. The one thing missing for the arts to continue to flourish and be more accessible to folks in The Bronx has been a space where folks can come together and collaborate and work alongside each other, tapping into the creative juices flowing simultaneously. This is the borough that birthed music like Salsa and Hip Hop, fashion icons Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, graffiti legends like Crash, Tats Cru which took the art form to an entire different level blazing a trail through the global art scenes and creating movements around the planet.
That’s where BxArts Factory comes in.
According to their website:
“The BxArts Factory is a newly created non-profit organization in the Bronx. Our mission is to increase the number of artists using Art to create social change in the Bronx.
This is a multidisciplinary initiative that will be an incubator to artists and arts-based projects to serve underserved minorities in The Bronx. We will focus on providing space and resources to local, multimedia artists to work on projects to make art accessible to the community and with an educational component.
The BxArts Factory endeavors to become a preeminent Arts Institution in the Bronx, committed to supporting local artists and art projects focused on making art accessible to communities in the Bronx and using art to address social and economic inequities in the Bronx.”
The organization was founded by Yolanda Rodriguez, founder of Visiones Culturales and will serve as President, CEO of the BxArts Factory, graphics designer and assistant to the director of Poe Park, Laura Alvarez will serve as Vice-President, COO, acting as Secretary will be Twahira Khan, Columbia University graduate with a degree in International Politics and Sustainable Development, and Alexis Mendoza, co-founder and co-creator of the Bronx Latin American Art Biennial will serve as Officer. Also joining the group is Latanya DeVaughn, Founder of the Full Circle Ensemble, as Treasurer.
Details are still in development as far as location and official launch date but stay tuned with them by signing up to their newsletter or follow them via social media on Instagram or Twitter for the latest updates and of course you can stay tuned here as well!
In the meantime, check out their introductory video below:
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