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 fundraising campaign to facilitate this project working closely with library goers and staff, as well as employing local workers to help realize its construction. 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. There will also be face painting, popcorn, food trucks, a place for adults to sign up for a library card, and special music and dance performances featuring local acts. 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.