Last night’s celebration at The Bronx Museum of the Arts for the BxArts Factory launch event was full positive vibes and energy. Although I was never fortunate enough to go to Fashion Moda, judging from the film clips and history, it felt as if I had stepped into something very much like it.
Hundreds of people came to the event from all walks of life — artist or not — and the air was full of laughter, people were dancing, performance artists were entertaining, painters were painting but best of all was watching how organically many people came together making new connections within the arts community.
During a speech by Phillip Morrow, President and CEO of SoBro (South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation) and the agency which BxArts Factory is working with to secure their space at Brook Avenue Gardens, he stressed SoBro’s commitment to the arts and fostering local artists.
Many Bronxites are excited about BxArts Factory and can’t wait for it to open. People applauded when the organizations founders spoke about the importance of connecting arts programming with our children.
The evening wouldn’t have been possible without their partners Beyond Organic Design and SoBro and their sponsors, The Bronx Museum of the Arts who generously provided the space for the event, and Morris Perk who served up a delicious Lovers’ Leap blend (with berry and chocolate flavors) by Ricks Roaster Coffee Company (provided by their rep, Denise Martino who baked the most delicious cookies!). The Bronx Beer Hall provided their great selections of local brews, Don Reyes, along with Luscious Vines, sampled some of their delicious rums and wines, Trevon Blondet’s Black Blonde Images documented the evening Flaco Coquito had their low-cal drink on hand, and all the artists who provided live entertainment.
Now the hard part comes in which is waiting for their doors to officially open!