Artist Interview & Selection for Public Art Commission for New 40th Precinct

Preliminary renderings of the new 40th Precinct scheduled to move to 149th Street and St. Ann's Avenue.
Preliminary renderings of the new 40th Precinct scheduled to move to 149th Street and St. Ann’s Avenue.

You are invited to The Bronx Documentary Center, tomorrow, Thursday January 28th for an exciting event!

The 40th Precinct is moving from its current location in Mott Haven at Alexander Avenue and 138th Street to a more central location in Melrose at 149th Street and St Ann’s as part of a $68.9 million modern facility.

As part of the new precinct, New York City’s Percent for Art, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, has been tasked with finding an artist who will work on a permanent art exhibition for the new 40th precinct.

After an arduous search for artists from The Bronx and beyond, the committee has narrowed it down to 5 artists who will be presenting to Percent for Art as well as members of the community.

Preliminary renderings for new 40th Precinct.
Preliminary renderings for new 40th Precinct.

“The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Percent for Art program will interview five (5) artist finalists. One artist will be selected and awarded the commission to work with the architect, police and the community to create permanent artwork for the new 40th Precinct. The community is invite to be engaged in the process and participate in the artist selection.” said Kendal Henry, Director of Percent for Art at the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Of significant note is that all of the 5 finalists are either from The Bronx or have done extensive work in our borough

The agenda, along with artists are ad follows:

3:00pm           Introductions, site review, brief discussion of Percent for Art process

3:30pm           Paul Ramirez Jonas

4:00pm           Borinquen Gallo

4:30pm           Shinique Smith

5:00pm           Priscila de Carvalho

5:30pm           Roy Secord

6-8pm           Discussion of proposals/presentations, followed by voting

We strongly encourage members of the the community to come out and participate in this selection process.

If you cannot make it to the actual artist presentation portion, don’t fret since at 6pm a review and discussion of the proposals will occur before the voting.

The Bronx Documentary Center is located at 614 Courtlandt Avenue at the corner of E 151st Street and is readily accessible by the 2 and 5 line at 3rd Ave and 149th Street along with major bus lines including the 2, 4, 15, 19, and several others.

Morris Perk will be on hand catering the event but we don’t need to tell you how good the coffee and food is because many of you already know!

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.