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To honor 50 years of supporting the Bronx arts scene, the Bronx Museum of the Arts will host an anniversary gala and auction on May 10, 2022. The event will take place both virtually and in-person at Guastivino’s, an event venue in Manhattan.

The gala and auction are the museum’s largest fundraising event, raising about 20% of its annual operating budget. This year’s honorees include Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, Trailblazer award recipient Henry R. Muńoz III, and Art & Social Justice award recipient Derrick Adams. The event will feature performances by Bronx-born musicians Maluca and Valerie Capers.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, located in Concourse, was founded in 1971 by Irma Fleck and other community activists. Originally a partnership between the Bronx Council on the Arts and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the museum was created to support the vibrant and diverse arts community in the Bronx. The theme of this year’s gala is “Our Stories–Our Voices,” in order to honor the founding mission of the museum.

“In our anniversary year, we embrace artistic voices of the past, present, and future to facilitate visibility, encourage criticality, and celebrate diverse perspectives in contemporary art,” the museum’s website says.  “At the heart of our programing is the foundational idea that visibility is the primary tenet of social justice — that to be truly seen is the first step in forward movement towards equity.”

Tickets for the gala and auction can be purchased online.

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