The Bronx Museum of the Arts is a contemporary art museum that connects diverse audiences to the urban experience through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, and education programs. Reflecting the borough's dynamic communities, the Museum is the crossroad where artists, local residents, national, and international visitors meet. The Museum was founded in 1971 by a group of local residents to bring the visual arts to the borough. To this day it remains the only fine arts museum in the Bronx. The Museum’s permanent collection is now composed of more than 2,000 works of art in all media, conveying a broad range of modern and contemporary art practices. Since 2012, The Bronx Museum features a Free Admission policy that has increased attendance from a modest 20,000 annual visitors to up to 100,000 today, and deepened the Museum’s role as an accessible, community-focused institution.