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"I am amazed at the diversity at every single show. Seeing such a cross section of New York City dancing, singing, swaying and grooving along to the same music really reminds me that it truly is the universal language."
A free community workshop organized by the Downtown Brooklyn Management Fellows (2017-2018)
Brooklyn community members gathered in BRIC’s Artist Studio on Saturday, May 19, 2018 for an afternoon of Freedom Dreaming. In exploration of distinguished U.S. History Professor Robin D.G. Kelley’s concept of Freedom Dreaming, the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellows programmed this event as a manifestation of our own Freedom Dreams as a cohort of women of color working towards equity in arts management. Freedom Dreaming encourages participants to create the world we dream of by first, visualizing the future we want to live in and second, determining the actions that will lead us there.
On May 30, 2018, Concrete Stories, the 5th annual BRIC Youth Media Festival took place, showcasing short films, documentaries, animations, and other media created by youth under the age of 21.Two screenings took place in the BRIC Ballroom in which the those films receiving awards were shown, and the filmmakers were honored. In case you missed the event, here are the winning films in five categories! Congratulations to all who participated.
For the 40th season of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, BRIC commissioned artist Grimanesa Amorós to create a site-specific light sculpture, which will be on display at the Bandshell all summer long. We spoke with Ms. Amorós about this project, which is called HEDERA, and the inspiration behind her work at the Bandshell and her art exhibited around the world.
On Friday April 27, five local immigrant rights organizations joined us for the BRIC OPEN: BORDERS Immigration Action Fair. Each organization presented attendees with the opportunity to take immediate and creative action toward justice initiatives for immigrant communities in Brooklyn and beyond.
BRICis pleased to have Macon Reed as a spring 2018 BRICworkspace visual artist-in-residence. Reed is an artist whose work is illustrated through sculpture, installation, video, radio documentary, painting, pedagogical and participatory projects. Motivated by political issues and human relationships in the queer and feminist community, her work is elaborated by life experiences, developing new relationships and finding ways to support the communities through her art or volunteering. We spoke with Reed to learn more about her practice, process, and recent work.
Aruni Dharmakirthi is an interdisapinlnary artist whose work is inspired by their Sir Lankan and western culture. As a BRICworkspaceArtist-in-Residence fellow Dharmakirthi uses the mediums of digital animation and fibers, manipulating family photographs, sourced imagery, and fabric, to make digital and handmade collages. Their work has been featured internationally in exhibitions conveying ideas of memory, place, and identity, centering around the effects of colonization on immigrants who choose to leave their native country.
BRIC is pleased to have Sara Jimenez, a Filipina-Canadian artist, as a Spring 2018 BRICworkspaceArtist-in-Resident. Sara Jimenez illustrates her work by using performance, sculpture, drawing and installation, to explore relationships between material impermanence and trans-cultural memory. Concentrating on the idea of home, absence and origins; she uses the concept of finding one's identity through historical texts from cultural experiences.