“The Bronx Museum of the Arts is one of the city’s more animated and resilient cultural spaces…and because the Bronx Museum’s exhibitions reflect its constituency, this institution is an important player in shaping New York art of both the present and the future.”
– The New York Times
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.
Today an internationally-recognized cultural destination, The Bronx Museum of the Arts is committed to presenting new ideas and voices in a global context and making contemporary art a vital, relevant experience. For the past four decades, the Bronx Museum has presented hundreds of changing exhibitions featuring works by culturally diverse and under-represented artists from a spectrum of levels. Exhibitions have investigated themes of special interest to the Bronx community while exploring the interplay between contemporary art and popular culture. A permanent collection of over 1,000 artworks in all visual media preserves and documents artists who are not typically represented within traditional museum collections by showcasing work by artists of African, Asian, and Latin American ancestry, as well as artists for whom the Bronx has been critical to their development. The Museum provides direct support to artists through Artist in the Marketplace, which nurtures the work of 36 emerging artists each year and provides professional development seminars culminating in a multi-site biennial exhibition and catalogue.
The Museum’s education department empowers students from grades K-12 by offering a variety of programs that inspire academic proficiency, visual literacy, and critical thinking. Through the Group Visits Program, students are exposed to the Museum’s works during single-session tours led by teaching artists. Through In-School Partnerships, Museum Educators work with school teachers to encourage scholastic excellence through the application of arts education techniques. In addition, the Museum’s Teen Council Program helps Bronx high-school students build applied arts and media skills as they create a variety of visual and text-based materials.
The Bronx Museum has an established reputation as a contemporary art museum that strives to serve diverse audiences, including local Bronx families, residents across New York City and the tri-State area, and international tourists. Specifically, the Bronx is one of the most ethnically and socio-economically varied constituencies in U.S., composed largely of Latino and African American populations as well as increasing audiences originally from West Africa and the Caribbean.