The Bronx Chronicle, 06/27/14
Groundbreaking Ceremony for Bronx River Art Center Renovation Yesterday

By Adam Bermudez | web link

Yesterday,  Groundbreaking Ceremony for Bronx River Art Center Renovation Set for TodayNew York City public officials joined Bronx River Art Center Executive Director Gail Nathan, Board Chair William Aguado, and BRAC staff, students and patrons for a groundbreaking ceremony in celebration of the beginning of a $10 million city-funded renovation.

“For over 25 years the Bronx River Art Center has cultivated the artistic vision of Bronx communities. The new center will provide a state-of-the-art space where the community, artists, and youth can come together to creatively re-imagine the potential of our borough,” said local Councilman Ritchie Torres.  “I could not be more proud to have such an important cultural project enriching my district and I am deeply appreciative to Mayor de Blasio, Bronx Borough President Rubin Diaz Jr., and all of the stakeholders who made today’s groundbreaking possible.”

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. says of the project “The Bronx River Arts Center has been a mainstay of the borough’s cultural arts heritage for over 25 years. Despite the travails of this construction project BRAC has remained steadfast in its commitment in serving our borough’s young and mature artists alike in the West Farms neighborhood and beyond. It is fitting that my office and my associates in government provided the financial assistance to make this project feasible as it stands as a beacon of inspiration for our aspiring artists in the restoration of the Bronx River, and indeed, the whole of The Bronx.”

The new facilities will provide better resources and improve educational instruction for BRAC students, who participate in courses that range from the traditional studio arts, like painting and ceramic, to training in the digital technologies, like digital photography and the digital design arts. Students in the digital art courses will learn how to use the latest versions of Adobe software and other design tools in the new state-of-the-art computer lab. The ground floor art gallery will provide a space for the presentation of cutting-edge contemporary art that is both challenging and socially relevant. Also on the ground floor will be a new multi-purpose “Black-Box” space for performing art presentations as well as for community events and additional space for classes. Our third floor studio spaces will provide practicing artists with space to create art and to interact with community youth and residents on income generating enterprises for the design market, proceeds from which will be used to improve BRAC’s programming and provide scholarships to students.

BRAC was established in the late 1970s as part of the first Bronx River Restoration project to help engage community residents in the revitalization of the Bronx River through arts programming. Self-incorporated in 1987, BRAC is a culturally diverse, multi-arts organization that provides a forum for the community, artists, and youth to realize their creative visions. Our education, exhibitions, and presenting programs cultivate leadership in an urban environment and stewardship of our natural resource, the Bronx River. 

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DIRECTIONS TO CENTER:  By Train: Take #2 or #5 to West Farms Square/East Tremont. Walk one block east to Bronx Street. By Bus: Take #'s B9, 21, 36, 40, 42, or Q44 to East Tremont and Boston Road. By Car: Take Bruckner Expressway to Sheridan Expressway, and exit at East Tremont Ave. Turn left at the traffic light one block down onto East Tremont. Turn left after one block onto Bronx St. (Cross Bronx Expressway) towards Rosedale Ave, then exit. Turn left onto Rosedale Ave, then take a left onto Tremont Ave. Drive four blocks to West Farms Square.

This program is made possible with support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, including Council Members Eric Dinowitz, Althea Stevens, Kristy Marmorato and the Bronx Delegation. Additional support is from Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the NYS Legislature. Foundation support is from Con Edison: The Power of Giving, The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, The Lincoln Fund, and private donors.

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