Bronx Council on The Arts

Submitted by ub on Sat, 04/21/2012 - 10:40

BCA’s BRIO Café Saturdays continue in April 2012!

The Bronx Council on the Arts invites you to enjoy two more Saturdays of special creative events. Socialize and network with other artists, hear directly from BRIO winners, and enjoy a variety of presentations and thrilling performances. Festivities will include the return of the "Griots Collective," a group of talented young poets who will welcome you to perform spoken word of your own.

Join Us at BRIO Cafe Saturdays at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos. Doors are open from 10:30am to 5:30pm. Click here for directions to Hostos. Admission is Free and All are Welcome!

April 21st | 11:00am-5:30pm BRIO Dialogue

BCA introduces a new concept called "BRIO Dialogue." This is a chance to meet and converse with BRIO artists whose work is featured in Longwood's Home is Where the Bronx is exhibit. Come chat with them about their work and artistic experiences, and receive their valuable insight and advice. This also serves as a fun opportunity to witness a variety of artwork alongside its creators.

The afternoon will include a presentation of Lincoln Art Exchange, a program at Lincoln Hospital offering a unique option for eligible NYC-based artists to exchange their creative services for comprehensive healthcare.

April 28th | 11:30am-5:30pm
Butterflies, Jazz and Poetic Pizzazz!

Drawing inspiration from Julia Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies, a novel that depicts the brutality of dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo's Dominican Republic;

The Griots Collective return to share poetic stories of persecution. Like their BRIO Cafe event in January, there will be a chance for all to participate and give voice to their own experiences of hardship. It can be any kind of oppression ─ by the government, by society, by personal relationships, or by any other source;

Jazz Performance;

Free Give-a ways of Alvarez's novel.

Can't make the event, but still want to join in? Don't worry! If you have a text document or a video-recorded reading that you would like to be a part of BRIO Café Saturdays, please e-mail the document or upload the video to your video service of choice (e.g., You-Tube) and e-mail the link to by April 26 and we will share your experience on your behalf.

For additional information on BRIO Cafe Saturdays, e-mail or call 718-931-9500 x35.

Funding for BRIO is provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs-Greater New York Arts Development Fund. Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies. Additional funding is provided by the NYS Council on the Arts, the Scherman Foundation and BCA’s membership program.