Piazza Gratissima by Brolab

Piazza Gratissima by Brolab

Public Unveiling: Saturday, June 30th from 12-4pm 

Mott Haven Public Library
321 East 140th Street (at Alexander Avenue)  
Bronx, NY 10454

Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) is proud to announce the unveiling of Piazza Gratissima by the artist collective BroLab at the Mott Haven Public Library in the Bronx. This is the culmination of a yearlong community initiative that grew out of BRAC's Shifting Communities exhibition series.

Piazza Gratissima by BroLab is a public intervention dependent on the support and conditions of art viewers, Bronx residents, community organizers and officials, so as to fund and build a Piazza in the courtyard of the New York City Public Library, Mott Haven Branch, that will serve as a multi-use space for library goers and act as an avenue for civic discourse. BroLab completed a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign to facilitate this project working closely with library goers and staff, as well as employing local workers to help realize its construction. Additionally, local organizations, Bronx Green Machine, Build it Green NYC, and Friends of Brook Park, kindly donated materials and gardening consultation to aid the project.

The unveiling celebration will coincide with the launch of the New York Public Library's Annual Summer Reading Program and will feature several information tables by local organizations such as the Children's Aid Society, Community Connections for Youth, New York Foundling, and Boricua College. Of course, BRAC will also have announcing our summer art education program as well as upcoming Exhibition programming. There will also be face painting, popcorn, food trucks, a place for adults to sign up for a library card, and special performances featuring local acts including music by DJ Lightbolt and breakdancing by U.G.E. and Chief69. Fun for the whole family! 

About BroLab:
BroLab consists of Rahul Alexander, Jonathan Brand, Adam Brent, Travis LeRoy Southworth, and Ryan Roa. At its core, BroLab wants to see what they can create when they put their collective minds together advancing issues such as social agency, micro urbanism and the general impact of accessible art in communities and contemporary art institutions alike. BroLab has created exciting contemporary and experimental art for a wide range of venues and forums such as Art in Odd Places, The New Museum, and a recently completed public sculpture, Humps and Bumps, commissioned through the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning in partnership with NYC Department of Transportation's Urban Art Program. Learn more about their collaboration at inthenameofbrolab.org.

About Shifting Communities:
Shifting Communities highlights dynamic initiatives in culture and the arts currently at work in the margins of the art world and American society. The goal of this project is to create a paradigm where community-centric contemporary art and artist think-tanks can be a tool for public service; a language for the exploration and investigation of the broader aspects of culture and society; and a magnet that can bring different cultures and ideologies together in order to strengthen a more inclusive definition of community.

About Bronx River Art Center:
Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) is a culturally diverse, multi-arts, non-profit organization that provides a forum for community, artists, and youth to transform creativity into vision. Our Education, Exhibitions, Artist Studios, and Presenting Programs cultivate leadership in an urban environment and stewardship of our natural resource — the Bronx River. Our Exhibitions Program has become known for both its deft curatorial vision and its ability to produce ambitious, energetic exhibitions with ingenuity and immediacy. In recent years, we have exposed various paradigms of contemporary art to the litmus test of a local Bronx community and the cultural, economic, and social landscape that defines it. Through initiatives like Shifting Communities, we are giving a platform to artists to engage the Bronx specifically in ways that have a lasting and positive impact

This exhibition is made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Majority Leader Joel Rivera, the Bronx Delegation of the New York City Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation's Art and Technology Program, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and The New York Public Library.

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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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