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Welcome to the 7th Annual Bronx Borough Arts Festival 2021 Submission Application

The Performing Arts Showcase will take place in June 2021 and will be virtual.

Application Deadline:  Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Before you begin the online application, please read these guidelines in its entirety. Please complete a form for each performance you wish to enter in the festival. Answers cannot be edited once you have submitted this form, however you are able to save a draft prior to submitting, so please review your answers when inputting.

If accepted into the festival, the spelling on the application will be the spelling in the catalog, playbill, and/or title card.  Please double check the spelling of student names.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Do not send submission videos or student reflections via email as they will not be considered as part of a complete submission.

Any questions, email BronxBAF@gmail.com.

Tips on Creating a Virtual Performance

Liz Guglielmo, Director of Music, has uploaded 7 YouTube videos on using various programs HERE. 

For video tutorials on creating virtual musicals and theater productions, and more, Peter Avery, Director of Theater, has made a resource page available HERE.

RECORDING TIPS:

  • If recording using an iphone or any other smartphone, set up the device in a horizontal (landscape) position. Even if you feel that your full body would fit better in "portrait" (vertical mode), still please do horizontal.
  • Do some test recording.  It’s always good to record yourself practicing and then play it back to hear how you sound.
  • Singers - Make sure your camera isn’t too close.  Capture space above your head as well as all the way down to your stomach.
  • Don’t record too close and don’t record with a bright window or light behind you.  You should be the star!
  • Instrumentalists: Frame yourself and your whole instrument or most of your instrument.
  • You can film with: a cell phone, a webcam, a tablet, a desktop, a laptop, a digital camera, a video camera. Anything you have that you’ll be able to upload to a computer is OK.  Ask a family member for help, if needed.
  • Make sure you look good!  Can we see your face?  Your smile?  Your instrument? Turn on a light behind the camera so your face is well lit.  Make sure your background looks good.  Clean up if you need to!
  • Is the room still quiet?  Turn off any fans or anything else that makes noise.
  • Place the camera (phone or tablet) on a tripod / dresser / table. Please no hand-held filming - video gets wavy or shaky.

ELIGIBILITY

- Music, Theater and Dance performances from Bronx students in grades Pre-K to 12

- Each school may submit up to 4 (four) works per Performing Arts specialist. You may submit in multiple genres or submit multiple performances in the same genre

- All performances should represent the best student-produced piece from this academic year, and of the work you plan to perform

*(Please note- Dance submissions do not have to be student-choreographed)

- Please refer to the grade appropriate Blueprint Benchmarks to help guide decision making regarding submission choices

- ALL FINAL PERFORMANCES will run 2-4 minutes in length (please do not submit videos longer than 5 minutes)

SELECTION:

- A panel of NYC art educators will adjudicate the submissions

- Individual expressiveness, technical proficiency as well as thoughtfulness in answering the Student Reflection Questions will be considered

- Due to space limitations, it is not possible to guarantee representation of every school. Our committee will do its best to assure even representation amongst Districts 7-12 and D75

Student Artist Reflection Questions 

(Video statements are preferred, though written answers are accepted)

Please have your student(s) respond as thoughtfully as possible to the following three questions, they will be considered part of your submission.  For ensemble submissions, please select one or two students to answer the following questions.  

Elementary Artist Reflection Questions:

  1. When people look at your performance, what do you want them to think or feel?
  2. Why do you think this work is good? What were some choices you made to change or revise the piece?
  3. Why do you like to make art (dance, music, theater)?

Middle/High School Artist Reflection Questions:

  1. What difference does expressing yourself through performance art make in your life?
  2. As a performing artist, what was challenging about creating this piece and how did you overcome this challenge?
  3. Why do you think this work is successful?

Student Permission Forms

New this year, completed permission forms for each student performer are required as part of the application. An upload of a signed permission form or a screenshot from a parent/guardian's email will be permitted.

Click here for more information and to download the student permission form.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.