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City seeking architect to design new wing at Bronx Museum

 New York City Development Corporation (NYCEDC) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) on behalf of the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) and The Bronx Museum of the Arts seeking an architect to design the Bronx Museum’s new South Wing Atrium. 

The renovation of the space includes construction of a new South Wing Atrium and main entrance, located on the corner of Grand Concourse and 165th Street, which will: 

  • Create an enhanced entrance to the Museum with a spacious lobby that includes seating, gathering space and large street-facing walls for artwork 
  • Activate the new space and façade to showcase artwork while connecting with the community and enticing patrons to enter the museum  
  • Serve as an extension of the sidewalk, offering multiple opportunities for art and public programming to be visible from the street 

“I am thrilled about the release of this RFP to design The Bronx Museum’s new South Wing Atrium. The Bronx Museum is a true jewel of our borough, and one of the most important cultural institutions in our city,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. 

Ruben Diaz Jr.

“This new proposal will allow for a much-anticipated expansion of this important creative space for our community. As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts will play a critical role in this process, that is why I am proud to have allocated over two million dollars in funding to this project. I would like to thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Cultural Affairs for their work on this project.” 

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is one of the only major New York City museums with free admission, making it a vital resource for residents in The Bronx, all five boroughs, and tourists.

The Museum’s permanent collection of over 2,000 works 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.  

Submissions for the RFP will be accepted until August 2, 2021. For more information, visit here

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