Bronx Museum of the Arts
Program: Access to Arts
Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: Youth Arts Education Programs
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is a contemporary art museum that connects diverse audiences to the urban experience through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, and education programs. Reflecting the borough’s dynamic communities, the Museum is the crossroad where artists, local residents, national and international visitors meet. In the last two decades, the Museum has embraced its role as the sole contemporary art museum in the borough – prioritizing programming reflective of the Bronx’s dynamic communities, engaging culturally diverse artists, developing inclusive programming, and providing under-served residents access to the arts. More than half of the Bronx Museum’s annual visitors are Latino (primarily Puerto Rican and Dominican) and African American, with a growing percentage of visitors from immigrant communities from Central America and West Africa. Situated in communities faced with systemic economic struggles, the Museum prioritizes access and inclusion. In 2012, they launched their Universal Free Admission Policy and expanded their Bronx-focused programs. The Bronx Museum remains one of the only cultural institutions in New York City that has removed economic barriers to entry and participation in programs.
Purpose: To support their Youth Arts Education Programs, which supports K-12 public school students, youth and family with free arts programming and education.
Many of the Youth Arts Education Programs participants are local Bronx students who attend schools that have little or no arts funding but benefit from the Museum’s year-round arts curriculum and hands-on art learning. For the majority of these students, the Museum is the only exposure to the visual arts that they have during the school year.
In the past year, the Museum has served more than 16,000 participants through free and subsidized access to guided exhibition tours for visiting K-12 schools and community groups; in-school, sequential arts instruction for students from local partner schools; after- school and summer arts programming for teens focused on civic engagement, graphic arts and design, and digital media; and weekend art-making workshops for youth and their families.