New York City invests $51M in the arts

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This year, the city allocated more money to the arts across the five boroughs and one organization in the Bronx says this will really help area artists continue to share their craft.

Right before Christmas, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs announced $51.3 million in grants in support of public cultural programming. One of the organizations getting a cut of that is Bronx Council on the Arts.

This year, the council is receiving $610,000 -- a number that's increased year after year. Just four years ago, the funding was $180,000.

Imani Wallace is the most recent Brio Award recipient, receiving with it a grant to put on a public service project in the borough, helping fund her nonprofit Poetry for Service.

As for the community engagement grants, one artist benefiting from that is Tijay Mohammed -- a mixed media artist from Ghana who brings his art to community centers and senior centers thanks to that grant money.

The Bronx Council on the Arts hopes this upward investment trend from the city continues to keep art in the city, and in Bronx communities.

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