Artists in NYC’s Low-Income Neighborhoods Push City to Deliver on Arts Equity
By David Brand
September 19, 2017 – After attending a $60, 10-week writing workshop at El Fogon Center for the Arts in Longwood, Sydney Valerio, a teacher and lifelong Bronx resident, found her voice and began performing poetry. Next month, she will read portions of her latest one-woman show at an event entitled Poetry Town Hall.
In Port Morris, world-renowned street artist John “Crash” Matos established WallWorks, an art gallery on Bruckner Boulevard that features work by up-and-coming Bronx artists. Nearby, one of his luminescent murals emblazons a wall behind a McDonald’s. Click here to read the complete article.
NFAND Episode 64
Bill Aguado, art leader, Bronx legend
Episode 64 | Five small community-based arts organizations: BronxArtSpace, Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA, En Foco, Inc., Literary Freedom Project, and Puerto Rican Institute for Development of the Arts make up the Urban Arts Cooperative – UAC. Bill Aguado, is spearheading the endeavor. Click here to listen to the complete interview.
Alliance lends helping hand to budding artists
By Tiffany Moustakas
September 1, 2017 – Five arts organizations have teamed up to form a coalition providing financial resources to empower emerging artists in the Bronx, Washington Heights and Harlem.
Called the Urban Arts Cooperative, the alliance was unveiled earlier this month as a way to help artists from various backgrounds learn the ins and outs of securing grant funding, marketing their work, and reaching a broader audience. The five groups involved in this effort are photography group En Foco, gallery BronxArtSpace, printmaking collective Dominican York Proyecto Grafica, the Literary Freedom Project, and the Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts. Click here to read the complete article.