May 18, 2014

BP Diaz Hosts A Bronx Centennial Arts Event at Boro Hall

Celebrating Creativity and Diversity in the Bronx with Artist Daniel Hauben

On Thursday, May 16th, Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. hosted an arts event at his office in Borough Hall to celebrate the centennial of the county and displaying the works of Daniel Hauben, a born and bred Bronxite, who continues to set the bar higher as he captures the evolving character of the Bronx at this pivotal point in the borough's history.

During his introduction, Diaz highlighted the county's diversity informing everyone that over 40% of current residents are foreign born, and nearly forty percent of residents came within the last 25 years, not having witnessed the difficult times of the borough during the 1970's and 80's. These are the years captured in Daniel's art. Diaz also highlighted the other contributions of the Bronx to the arts, such as being the birthplace of Doo-Wop, Hip-Hop, and Salsa. Recognizing Daniel, Diaz states that, "We can never forget who we are and where we come from, and what better way than to pay homage to our borough than to have a talented Bronxite, who can capture through his art the life, the very essence, of what it means to be in the Bronx." Diaz also commented that Daniel's art has, "...single-handedly immortalized what it means to be a Bronxite."

"I really appreciate this opportunity to share my work," comments Daniel, who is lending his artwork to be displayed for the rest of the year at the Borough President's office. "I believe that as an artist, that you can somewhat fit in and be a part of the community. Happily, I'm living to see a time where there is a feeling of community beginning to bubble up and an awareness of artists and of the community of artists."

In addition to the artwork being displayed, the Bronx Artists Collective promoted the upcoming Bronx Artist Documentary Project, a borough-wide, multi-faceted endeavor involving Bronx artists. Thirty photographers are capturing seventy artists at work, and these photographs will be exhibited at the Andrew Freedman Home from September 10th through October 8th. The goal of the project is to raise awareness of the community of artists that work and reside here in the Bronx and that the arts are a powerful building block of strong communities.

For more information about the Bronx Artist Documentary Project, visit their website at www.BronxArtistDocProject.org. For additional photos from the event, visit the Bronx On The Go Facebook photo album. And in the spirit of this project, lets support the work and the goal of the artists in the hope of further building up our communities.

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