By Mitchell Parsons

In the heart of Bronx Little Italy there is a bit of history that has sat silent for many years, the Arthur Avenue Performing Arts Center. A diamond in the rough.
I lived in this neighborhood for a few  years and met some of the kindest people I’ve ever known. It’s more “home” to me than anywhere I’ve ever lived. The Bronx Wanderers, Federico Castelluccio (The Sopranos), Raquel Castro (The Voice), Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos) and Chazz Palminteri are among many people, celebrities, characters and musicians I’ve had the pleasure of meeting via the neighborhood or at the Ferragosto Festival that takes place each fall. The place has heart and soul and the Belmont Society is working to add a lot more via their current project, the Arthur Avenue Performing Arts Center, but they need your support.

The goal of the Belmont Society of Arts & Culture is to create the Arthur Avenue Performing Arts Center in the heart of the Bronx’s Little Italy and to transform it into a multi-functioning space: (a) as a cinema screening facility, (b) an exhibit hall, dance, recital, and theater space, and (c) as a multi-media education center.

Our mission is to provide up and coming artists a platform to express new works in theater, film, art exhibits and education in the creative arts.  To present innovative, thought-provoking and transformational stories; to have a resident theater company of actors and writers in developing new plays; develop a yearly international film festival; and a host of other creative works that inspire the human spirit and help transform lives through the arts.  

Our goal is to raise $25,000!  Your donation will help us cover our renovation costs for stage construction, projection system, lighting equipment, room divider, painting, floor sanding, seating, installation of heating and air conditioning, and so much more!

We invite you to join our efforts and support us by making donations on our RocketHub campaign, liking our Facebook page, and visiting our website at



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Mitchell Parsons