Thank you for making our campaign a success!
More than 416 people raised $34,977 on Kickstarter. Thank you to everyone who shared our campaign on email, Facebook and Twitter. and to those of you who supported us offline by sending checks. The BDC is a 501(c)3 non-profit and we thrive on the generosity of individuals donors like you.
Still would like to make a tax-deductible contribution? Go to bronxdoc.org/donate or send a check to “Bronx Documentary Center.”
Here’s a few ways you can stay engaged:
- Sign up for our mailing list
- Come to our next exhibition on May 2, The 60s: Decade of Change by Benedict J. Fernandez
- Or, to volunteer at the center write to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you.
The Staff, Volunteers, Neighbors of the BDC
At 3:52 pm today, our Kickstarter campaign officially closes. So many of you have helped us not only surpass our goal, but spread the word about the BDC. And by making this gift to us, you’ve touched a diverse group of people.
- You’ve made it possible for folks like Ed to develop passion and a sense of purpose.
- You’ve given Arianna and other kids in our after school program a chance to see the world differently.
- You’ve given volunteers like Karah a sense of community.
You’ve helped make documentary photography and film alive and engaging for new audiences. Thank you for helping build the vibrant, creative crossroads that is the BDC. We have until 3:52pm. Let’s see how many more lives we can impact before then.
Let’s make #photo4all.
Prior to becoming involved with BDC, I knew only a few of my neighbors. I landed in Melrose in 2008 because of the area’s reasonable rent and easy access to my office in Lower Manhattan.
The perfectly manicured Victorian building that presently houses BDC was an object of curiosity around the neighborhood, with it’s first floor windows hidden by corrugated metal for as long as I’d lived in the Bronx. In early Fall 2011, the metal barricades came down to reveal what would become the gallery, and around the same time I happened across an online invitation to BDC’s first show–”Visions”, Tim Hetherington’s last work from Libya.
Amazed that I would be able to see Hetherington’s work in my own neighborhood, I rallied some friends and we came to the opening. I was thrilled that this place existed only four blocks from my apartment. I came back the next day determined to get involved in any way possible.
The BDC is unlike any venue in the South Bronx (or New York for that matter): photographers, journalists, artists, filmmakers, well-known and unknown, share local, national, and international stories in a very intimate setting. It’s refreshing to have a place like BDC to get to know neighbors, and to be presented with subject matter that sparks conversation on a variety of topics.
Additionally, through efforts of volunteers and community members who meet at the center on weeknights after work, the center has become a haven for storytellers focused on perfecting their craft. Through discussions held in the gallery at BDC, I have learned new ways to critically assess my work and elevate the quality of my own creative projects.
The BDC, with unwavering support from a passionate and talented volunteer staff, has been able to bring some truly fantastic events to my neighborhood. Because of introductions made in my nearly three years volunteering at the BDC, Melrose is now my community instead of the place I commute home to. With the help of your donations to the Kickstarter campaign, BDC will continue to tell stories, and connect more members of the community to each other and to the world.
(above: Karah installs wall text for a recent exhibition at the BDC)