Nueva Luz Mentor Issue Featuring Jamel Shabazz Available Now!

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En Foco celebrates the release of the Jamel Shabazz-Nueva Luz issue on Gordon Parks’ birthday, November 30th, 2017 at the Hamilton Landmark Galleries. 

Nueva Luz vol. 21:2 | The Mentor Issue featuring Jamel Shabazz


Curated by Noelle Flores Theard along with
contributing essay by  Felipe Luciano


This issue features two covers, each $15:

Cover image (LEFT) | A father introducing his son to the craft of photography, Honor and Dignity series. Central Park, NY: CLICK HERE

Cover image (RIGHT) | Fathers and sons, Honor and Dignity series,
Brooklyn, NY: CLICK HERE

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En Foco presents The Apartment Gallery Series!



En Foco is proud to announce the opening receptions for it’s newest exhibitions: Perdidos, Transitions, and Three Minutes as part of the upcoming Apartment Gallery Series, curated by artist and En Foco’s Exhibitions Manager, Oscar J Rivera.  En Foco has recognized the lack of access provided to local community members, and artists of color within the larger gallery-based culture of viewing art. The Apartment Gallery Series is an effort to recognize the value of alternative gallery space and provide underserved communities with access to the arts.

Perdidos at AAA3A Project Space, Opens Saturday, October 28th, 2017 from 3-6pm on view until December 9th, 2017.

Transitions at Bronx Breeze Gallery, Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 from 6-8pm on view until January 5th 2018.

Three Minutes at Hamilton Landmark Galleries, Friday, November 3rd, 2017 from 6-8pm on view until January 5th 2018.

Artists being featured: Christian Rodriguez, Groana Melendez, Andrea Ibarra, Emily Raboteau, Jon Henry, Imani Tudor, and Kris Graves.




Urban Arts Cooperative



Bill Aguado
Executive Director
En Foco., Inc.
(917) 838-1223
Ron Kavanaugh
Executive Director
Literary Freedom Project
(347) 454-2161


August 17, 2017, Bronx, NY – As the Bronx continues to transform under assiduous development and economic pressures, a group of diverse independent arts organizations have formed the Urban Arts Cooperative with the goal of advocating as one collective voice for local artists. 

Urban Arts Cooperative

Launched by five small community-based arts organizations: BronxArtSpace, Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICAEn Foco, Inc., Literary Freedom Project, and Puerto Rican Institute for Development of the Arts, the Urban Arts Cooperative has developed a strategically localized advocacy initiative that will enhance the members organizational capacity to serve artists and grassroots cultural interests and to effectively leverage human and capital-based resources (financial and in-kind) on behalf of artists. Independently, each Cooperative member is continuously undercapitalized, with budgets under $100,000, and managed by unsalaried leadership. Collectively, through a diligent commitment to the arts, UAC will bridge many communities and remain steadfast in assuring the financial well-being of artists they benefit and employ, while also collectively addressing the lack of cultural equity for the artists and communities of color that we primarily serve. 

The Cooperative’s goals: 

  1. Design and implement a survey of the artists we serve to ascertain the impact of our programming and services and their access to funding, resources, work spaces, etc; awareness of advocacy efforts and strategies.  
  2. Assess the survey’s responses and schedule focus groups with artists and the communities to determine our member’s best practices.  
  3. Design and implement a long-term advocacy plan with extensive and sustainable social media methods for our cooperative, artists, and other like-minded groups. 
  4. Assess the potential impact of the advocacy strategy on the cooperative’s members. 
  5. Convene planning sessions based on the survey to design cost effective community-based artist funding models that reflect our artist’s priorities and concerns.  Ultimately, there will be regular advisories on advocacy issues sent to artists.  

Providing funds as a management mechanism for artists will be one of the functions of the Cooperative.  The initial assessment will help develop a funding-advocacy model to present to private foundations and institutions, and government-based funders, i.e., New York State Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, etc. The goal is to build a financially viable alternative to the existing local arts council and institute strategies for arts support that does not rely on the traditional 501(c) nonprofit model while meeting accountability standards set by funders. Acknowledging there is a need to develop a new model, the Urban Arts Cooperative has received seed funding from the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund in The New York Community Trust. This new model will ultimately act as intermediary providing funds directly to artists –particularly those who reside in The Bronx, Harlem, and Washington Heights. 

Historically, better-funded nonprofits have led a prescriptive cultural dialogue at the expense of artists and smaller cultural organizations, effectively creating a two-tier support system. One in which new artists/arts orgs, which are not adept at grantsmanship and fundraising, have diminished agency. UAC will be able to nimbly identify needs and create a platform for advocacy for the estimated 4,500 artists we continue to serve—digitally and tangibly—through direct engagement, employment, professional development, and public programs, building a network to address needs and common issues.  

Further, UAC expects and would welcome additional like-minded collectives, small-budgeted arts organizations, and networks within our geographic area to join the Cooperative. We are also hopeful that we can begin to develop a younger cohort of arts managers and artists to assume the mantel of arts advocacy leadership. 

For additional information, contact:
Bill Aguado,, (917) 838-1223
Ron Kavanaugh,, (347) 454-2161

The Urban Arts Cooperative is supported in part by The New York City Cultural Agenda Fund in The New York Community Trust, The Booth Ferris FoundationLambent FoundationStarves Niarchos Foundation and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Urban Arts Cooperative Members 

The following arts organizations are committed to building a better way to support artists and build a better platform for artist’s voices to participate in change. 

BronxArtSpace is a non-profit gallery that promotes the innovative ideas of underrepresented and emerging artists and curators. Started in 2008 by Linda Cunningham and Mitsu Hadeishi, BronxArtSpace is dedicated to exhibiting the highest quality artwork from the Bronx and around the world. Our mission is to foster dialogue around the contemporary local, national and global issues while advancing local arts education and opportunities.  

Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA is a printmaking collective of 12 artists of Dominican descent who live and work in and around New York City. The artists of the collective are: Carlos Almonte, Pepe Coronado, René de los Santos, iliana emilia garcía, Reynaldo García Pantaleón, Scherezade García, Alex Guerrero, Luanda Lozano, Miguel Luciano, Yunior Chiqui Mendoza, Moses Ros-Suárez, and Rider Ureña.   

En Foco, Incis a non-profit that supports contemporary primarily U.S.-based photographers of African, Asian, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander heritage. Founded in 1974, En Foco makes their work visible to the art world, yet remains accessible to under-serviced communities. Through exhibitions, workshops, events and publications, it provides professional recognition, honoraria and assistance to photographers as they grow into different stages of their careers.   

Literary Freedom Project is a Bronx-based non-profit arts organization that seeks to restore the importance of social and cultural identity through reading. Towards this goal, LFP publishes Mosaic Literary Magazine; develops literature-based lesson plans; presents the Mosaic Literary Conference and cohosts the Bronx Book Fair.  

PRIDA, Puerto Rican Institute for the Development of the Arts is an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Puerto Rican artists and the arts. PRIDA supports Puerto Rican artists with a website, timely newsletter, and social networking resources that Inform members about upcoming events and opportunities. 


The 2017 En Foco Photography Fellowship Winners!

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En Foco is proud to announce the ten Fellowship winners of its 2017 Photography Fellowship Program who were selected from a pool of 108 applicants. The winners each receive an award of $1,000; participate in the 2017 Fellowship Group Exhibition (opening May 19th at the Andrew Freedman Home); are featured in En Foco’s Nueva Luz publication, in printed and online editions; and are provided professional development and networking opportunities. The Fellowship initiative affirms and demonstrates En Foco’s ongoing commitment to the financial support of artists of color.

En Foco’s 2017 Photography Fellowship winners are Cinthya Santos BrionesSantana CopelandLisa DuBoisDaesha Devon HarrisRhea KaramDaniel MartinezErika Morillo, Jonathan Santiago, Byron Smith, and Nichole Washington. The Fellowship winners selected are based exclusively on the excellence and quality of the work submitted. All work is reviewed by panelists who are all distinguished members of the arts community: Amy Chin, Special Advisor for Cultural Initiatives at Chinatown PartnershipSabrina Cedeño, Membership Associate at Fractured Atlas; and Stephanie Baptist, independent curator, producer, and editor. This year’s Fellowship exhibition will be curated by Gabriel de Guzman, Curator of Visual Arts from Wave Hill. Stephanie Baptist will curate the special issue of Nueva Luz.

Cinthya Santos Briones‘ series, Abuelas: Portraits of the Invisible Grandmothers, honors the culture and experiences of undocumented Mexican grandmothers, while exploring the women’s relationships with their environments and their identities.

Santana Copeland‘s series, BlackWhiteColor, deconstructs the complex urban landscape and reduces the banality of overlooked buildings, electric wiring, and scaffolding to their parts and in doing so offers abstract perspectives on urbanity.

Lisa DuBois‘ series, Holy Water, is a visual comparison of the spiritual significance of water in ritual practices, across different faiths and religions in Eastern and Western cultures.

Daesha Devon Harris‘ series, Just Beyond the River, uses the visual language of Negro folklore along with personal and cultural histories to re-examine the current and historical discourse on race and the ongoing struggle for freedom.

Rhea Karam‘s series, Déraciné (Uprooted), uses the image of trees from New York in urban landscapes that lack green spaces in Lebanon to challenge the contemporary ideas of placement and identity.

Daniel Martinez‘s series, A Gated Community, is an exploration of home. For Martinez, this project documents, represents, and presents the people, places, and experiences that make the Bronx home.

Erika Morillo‘s series, Umbral, seeks to find the balance between the idealized version of childhood that adulthood offers and the realities we offer our own children.

Jonathan Santiago is a documentary photographer concerned with familial and geopolitical identities in his home borough of the Bronx. He is also working on a concurrent project documenting climate change migrants in the south of Bangladesh.

Byron Smith‘s series, Mosul Offensive 2016, is a photographic quest to document and understand the consequences of a U.S.-backed war between the Iraqi Army and ISIS, for civilians in Mosul, Iraq.

Nichole Washington‘s series, For My Girls, is a celebration of the intersection of black womanhood and the female energies of 90s Hip-hop. For My Girls is a call for sisterhood and empowerment.

Exhibition Location: The exhibition opens on May 19, 2017 at the  Andrew Freedman Home at 1125 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10452. Phone: 718-588-8200.

For additional information on the exhibition and Nueva Luz, visit


En Foco Presents The Next Generation of Bronx Photographers


En Foco proudly announces its upcoming exhibition “The Next Generation of Bronx Photographers at the Andrew Freedman Home. The exhibition highlights five Bronx-based photographers beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

The artists are Melanie Gonzalez, Renell Medrano, Abigail Montes, Osjua Newton, and Gloria Zapata. The exhibition is curated by Marisol Diaz and is on view from Friday February 24 through Friday, March 24, 2017.

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 from 6-8pm
Event is open to the public. No RSVP required.

*In partnership with The Bronx Trolley Night!

Exhibition Dates:
February 24th – March 24th, 2017

Exhibition Location and Gallery Hours:
Executive Ballroom
Andrew Freedman Home
1125 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10452

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm; Saturday: By Appointment.

The Bronx Trolley is a project of the South Bronx Cultural Corridor. Making a cultural loop through the lower Grand Concourse and in other sections of the Bronx, it provides an innovative way to travel free while giving Bronxites and tourists alike the opportunity to sample several of the area’s hottest cultural attractions, dining establishments and

entertainment venues.
First Wednesdays Trolley begins at 5:00pm at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos which is located at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse & 149th Street (easily accessible by the 2, 4 & 5 trains and the BX1 & BX19 buses). The trolley departs from Hostos at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm, making a cultural loop through the lower Grand Concourse, dropping off riders at their selected stops and picking them up at the next go-around.


This exhibition is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, aswell as the generosity of an anonymous donor.  Special thank you to the Andrew Freedman Home.

©Image by Renell Medrano, Sisters, Untitled Youth, 2014.

Call for Entries | En Foco 2017 Photography Fellowship


En Foco is currently accepting submissions for its 2017 Photography Fellowship through February 6, 2017.

En Foco, the leading arts organization serving support to photographers of color, is accepting submissions for its 2017 Photography Fellowship, designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals. Submission Deadline is Monday, February 6, 2017 at 11:59pm. Fellowships will be announced in mid-March. Contact E-mail:

The Photography Fellowship Program will award ten Fellowships of a $1,000 each; participate in the 2017 Fellowship Group Exhibition; feature the Fellows in En Foco’s Nueva Luz publication, in printed and online editions; and provide Professional Development and Networking Opportunities. En Foco is highly regarded for its leadership in the variety of ways it supports photographers of color and for its advocacy role in addressing the issues related to the lack of cultural equity and access.

Who Can Apply: (1) Photographers of Latino, African, Asian American heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific; (2) Must be a resident of New York City or New York State for the past year at the time of submission and must show proof of residency; (3) Must be at least 18 years of age; (4) Collaborating photographers are eligible to apply, but only one photographer can submit the application; (5) Previous winners of En Foco’s New Works Fellowship Program prior to 2014 are eligible to apply; (6) Photography for consideration must represent work completed after 2014.

Who Cannot Apply: (1) Graduate or undergraduate students matriculated in a fine art and/or photography degree program at the time of application submission; (2) En Foco’s Board members and staff are ineligible to apply.

Panel Process: The Fellowships selected are based exclusively on the excellence and quality of the work submitted. All work will be reviewed by panelists selected from a pool of photography and photography-related professions, such as photographers, curators, critics, and collectors. Each year, new panelists are chosen to ensure a fresh perspective in the fellowship review process.  En Foco’s Board of Directors will review the panel recommendations to assure the integrity of the process and formally approve the Fellowship awardees.

Award Notification: The ten Fellowship Awardees will be notified via email. The Awardees will each receive $750 dollars with the balance of $250 to be remitted at the Fellowship Awardees’ participation in their exhibition.

Submission Requirements: (1) Create an account with; (2) Include a written description (no more than 400 words). Describe specific aspects of your work practices such as subject matter, context, content, location and personal relevance; (3) A one-page resume and 200-word biography; (4) A 200-word artist statement about your work; (5) Five images, follow the sizing guidelines; (6) Head shot (300 dpi, jpeg only). The application form does not have to be completed in a single session. The system will save your draft application. We suggest that you save often as you fill out the form, and that you save a copy of any narrative texts. 

Support for the En Foco Photography Fellowship program has been provided by an anonymous donor with additional support by the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A special thank you to the Andrew Freedman Home.


En Foco’s Photographers Town Hall and Networking Meeting

townhallheaderEn Foco cordially invites all photographers of color, minority curators, cultural writers, and friends to attend Photographers Town Hall and Networking Meeting.

Date: Thursday February 2nd, 2017

Time: 6:00 – 8:00PM

450 Grand Concourse
Bronx, New York 10451

Purpose: Direct Funding for Photographers and Artists of Color

  •  Introduction to En Foco’s Fellowship Program for Photographers of Color
  • An overview of the current funding climate for direct support of photographers and artists of color
  • Will the new New York City Cultural Plan support artists directly?
  • Is “trickle down” funding for artists through arts organizations sufficient?
  • Alternative support models to be considered

Brief presentations will be presented on related topics.

Travel Directions:

Subway: Take the #2, #4, or #5 to 149thSt and the Grand Concourse Station
Bus: Take the #19 from 145th St (Manhattan) to 149th St & the Grand Concourse

Refreshments will be served.

To RSVP or have any questions, please email: