The Bronx Museum of the Arts is a small, well-organized and well-curated cultural center that that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions and educational programs that are founded in the Bronx’s unique audience.

Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has played a vital role in the Bronx by helping to make art accessible to the entire community and connecting with local schools, teens, and families through educational programs that are modern, culturally-relevant, and accessible.

The museum features three main exhibits as well as great outreach programs like FIRST FRIDAYS which offers multi-media cultural events that combines artwork like sculpture and painting with music and dance. A recent performance Fiesta Flamenca, a flamenco performance by the Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana dance company.

BRONX STORIES is another successful outreach program that an evening dedicated to stories about local residents’ experiences and welcomes storytellers, poets, and musicians and culminates with an open-mic time where audience members perform their own short stories, poems, or songs.

By providing an open forum for discussion and experimentation, the Bronx Museum encourages ideas and dialogue. Whether helping participants create African dolls or mobiles, the museum strives to create transformational art experiences for the public.

Family Affair is a seasonal afternoon program on select Saturdays that promotes the special bond between parents and their children through art-making and exhibition tours. The Bronx Museum Teen Council makes contemporary art and culture accessible to urban teenage youth through a MuseCasts, video productions available on YouTube; and MuseZines, a small publication. The Teen Council is comprised of a group of high school students working closely with museum instructors.

Unfortunately, the Bronx Museum of the Arts does not have a café. Hungry visitors or anyone that is ready for a coffee break can walk down 161st Street, where you’ll find a few diners and fast food establishments.