A comprehensive timeline and outline of steps BRIC has taken since the beginning of the novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation in New York City, including closures, postponements, virtual programming, and fundraising initiatives.
As we take heightened precautions to support public health initiatives, including temporarily closing our doors, we want to maintain our unwavering support of the artistic and creative community and ensure that you continue to thrive.
“As my mother would tell me and her mother’s mother told her, Juneteenth was the day we received our freedom. It’s a way to honor my grandparents, and my great-grandparents, and my great-great grandparents who were slaves. We must honor the ancestors. That is why we celebrate.”
Today, as the Movement for Black Lives continues to gain momentum and affect change, Juneteenth has attained mainstream recognition as the official end of slavery in America. It is imperative that the stories of Black Americans be acknowledged, preserved, and celebrated at the level of validity that they deserve.
Arts and Cultural institutions face an uncertain future. This moment behooves us to rebuild and reimagine our arts and cultural sector, centering, celebrating, and acknowledging Black Excellence in all artistic forms.
Our ask is not for Black communities to come up with solutions for a problem that it had no participation in creating. Instead, we will continue to take inventory of our contribution to the field, and invite our partners to do the same.