Community Engagement

our commitment

At BRIC, we have a unique responsibility to communities surrounding our main year-round venue, BRIC House. By collaborating with cultural, social, and educational organizations, along with long-time and new residents, BRIC aims to be an integral thread in our neighborhood fabric, and support the deep creativity, activism, and leadership that surround us. 

Community Partnerships

Our work with neighboring organizations connects residents to the arts, media, and cultural resources available at BRIC, and connects BRIC to new audiences and communities. Organizations interested in media training have unique opportunities through BRIC’s Media Share program. Other program partners include: GRIOT Circle, University Settlement and Ingersoll Community Center, and Brooklyn High School for the Arts. Have an idea for a partnership? Please let us know!

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Stoop Share

BRIC Stoop Share is a community engagement initiative for nonprofit organizations based in the immediate area around BRIC House. The goal of this program is to share the space resources of BRIC House with our neighbors, especially those groups who do not have a regular venue for public gatherings, meetings, and performances. 

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Participatory Programs

BRIC supports creativity at all stages and in all forms, from the aspiring poet to professional artist. Monthly opportunities for participation include Community Dance Classes taught by Urban Bush Women, and the Brooklyn Poetry Slam. Opportunities for visual and performing artists range from exhibitions to residencies, and all Brooklyn residents can become media makers through BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech extensive education offerings. Come down to BRIC House, and join in!

Opportunities for Local Schools

Each Fall, BRIC invites students and educators from local schools to BRIC House to experience the power of Jazz through live, educational concerts highlighing musicians from the celebrated BRIC JazzFest. This year, the concerts will feature saxaphonist Lakecia Benjamin, and her ensemble, Soulsquad. These programs are designed to create meaningful interation between students and professional musicians. For more information, please email jsucher@bricartsmedia.org.

Community Arts Council

At Ingersoll Cornerstone Community Center, a multi-generational team of residents and program partners are joining together to chart the course for sustainable, values-driven arts programming designed by and for community members. At monthly meetings, the Intergenerational Community Arts Council (ICAC) uses art-making, storytelling and discussion to set priorities, evaluate potential projects, and produce public arts programming. BRIC is working alongside Ingersoll Community Center and University Settlement's arts program, The Performance Project to develop and support the work of the ICAC.  This summer, the ICAC produced We Are Brooklyn: A Community Block Party, in collaboration with Najee Omar, the first ICAC Artist-in-Residence. 

Share your thoughts

We’d love to hear from you! Do you have ideas for programs or projects you want to see at BRIC? Email ideas@bricartsmedia.org, and share your thoughts. For general inquiries about BRIC’s Community Engagement initiatives, please email jsucher@bricartsmedia.org.