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BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn receives $50,000 award from NEA

May 18, 2011—BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of its contemporary art education program led by professional artists. BRIC Contemporary Art Education includes in-school residencies with Brooklyn public school students, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, class visits to BRIC Rotunda Gallery, and professional development and training for teachers. The program, which has previously received NEA support, is unique in its focus on contemporary art and artists, engaging students with cutting-edge ideas and practices directly in their classroom.

Executive Director Leslie G. Schultz said: “We are thrilled to receive NEA support for our contemporary art education program. BRIC has a long track record of success in delivering high-quality arts and media education programs in public schools throughout Brooklyn. This support will enable us to continue engaging with students of varied ages, sparking new learning and discovery of self-expression for a diverse and underserved population of young people.”

Through this program, specially trained artist teachers provide arts instruction at public schools. All of BRIC’s artist teachers are professional, exhibiting artists, a key factor contributing to the authenticity and vitality of the program. Artists have skills in multiple disciplines including painting, sculpture, video, printmaking and photography. Each in-school residency is customized to complement the curriculum of each school while addressing the needs and interests of the participating classroom. Residencies take place over at least eight classroom sessions; themes are based on a curriculum area selected by the Classroom teacher and Artist teacher, such as biology, geography, language arts, or social studies.

On an annual basis, BRIC Contemporary Art Education directly serves over 2,000 Brooklyn students and 200 Classroom teachers at 15 to 20 public schools in the borough’s most culturally diverse, under-resourced communities during this period.

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BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn presents contemporary art, performing arts, and community media programs that reflect Brooklyn’s creativity and diversity. BRIC also provides resources to launch, nurture and showcase artists and media makers. We advance access to and understanding of arts and media by presenting free and low-cost programming, and by offering education and other public programs to people of all ages. Each year, upwards of a million people in Brooklyn and citywide are served through BRIC’s programs.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at


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