BRONX MUSIC HERITAGE CENTER
Building a Fresh Digital Home for Bronx Music History
The Bronx Music Heritage Center is a community arts facility dedicated to preserving and promoting Bronx music and arts.
To coincide with the opening of a new state-of-the-art facility, the BMHC needed a comparable online home that pays homage to the dynamic cultural past of the Bronx, while inspiring community engagement and sparking positive change for the future.
In 2017 the Criminal Justic Reform Act shifted many low-level violations from criminal to civil court. With this shift of more users into the civil courts, the Center for Court Innovation sought to create an e-learning course, as alternative to in-person classes, as one of the community service-based ways for folks to resolve their summons.
The resulting interactive learning module is a much more flexible solution both for the city of New York and for court users, that engages respondents around common quality of life offenses, their consequences on communities, and ways to prevent making similar decisions in the future.
This Is Bronx Music
The site's masthead makes a bold statement about music's role in the borough's identity by featuring the tagline "This Is Bronx Music." To further reflect the diverse and rich history of music in the Bronx, the word "Bronx" rotates in varing stylistic type treatments that reflect some of the different genres of music and cultural aesthetics that contribute to the borough's unique communal identity.
The Bronx is a diverse borough and the design of the site aims to reflect its unique cultural vibrancy. Big type treatments and a high contrast color palette create a vivid, theatrical, and edgy feel. Subtle interactions like a custom-designed fading soundscape, layered imagery, and pulsing calls-to-action create depth and evoke a sense of place. As well, the desaturated images that saturate on hover add a layer of discovery and serve as a slight nod to the connection of past and present, tying in the historical aspect of the BMHC's mission.
The Audience is the Audience
The BMHC is a multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted organization, and a destination for arts education. To better serve the community of the South Bronx, the website features a robust events listing that clearly communicates its diverse roster of musical and artistic offerings. Facilitating access to these programs, presentations, and spaces, creates new opportunities for audience engagement and participation, enriching community that the BMHC serves.