BRIC announces the spring 2019 season of BRIC House Sessions (February–April 2019), part of BRIC’s 40th Anniversary. The exhilarating concert series, held annually, brings the ethos of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival into the organization’s Fort Greene headquarters through world-class performances on Thursday evenings. BRIC House Sessions draws its talent from a bold and eclectic array of musical genres and world cultures, with concerts featuring opening acts by DJs and musicians, and headlining sets from internationally-renowned artists.
BRIC, celebrating 40 years as the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, is seeking inventive and creative proposals to provide and operate food and beverage services seasonally for the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell, and at its year-round venue BRIC House (647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn).
BRIC is pleased to welcome back Grammy-nominated Brooklyn-based orchestra – and BRIC Artists-In-Residence – The Knights for an evening-length program titled Leonard Bernstein and Walt Whitman: American Originals & De Falla's Master Peter Puppet Show.
BRIC announces eight projects selected for its 2018-19 BRIClab residency program at BRIC House from September 2018 to May 2019. BRIClab is a commissioning and residency program that offers local artists time and space to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater, and multidisciplinary performance. Work-in-progress showings, presented with moderated artist-audience dialogues, open artists’ process and creativity to BRIC’s diverse public.
BRIC, celebrating 40 years as the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, announces the New York premiere of Hair & Other Stories from newly appointed BRIC Artists-in-Residence Urban Bush Women. This evening-length experiential journey from the Brooklyn-based dance company that has “interpreted the black experience with passion and focus for [over] thirty years” (Village Voice) blends dance-theater performance and conversation (Jan. 31, Feb. 1-2, 7-9) in what Urban Bush Women describe as the “urgent dialogue of the 21st century.”
BRIC, the pioneering NYC arts-and-media organization and leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, announces programming for its milestone 40th Anniversary season at BRIC House (September 2018-May 2019)—the organization’s award-winning 40,000SF Downtown Brooklyn home. The season at BRIC House—its first under newly appointed BRIC President Kristina Newman-Scott—highlights the central idea that has animated BRIC’s identity from the very beginning: that to create the future we want to see, artists must be supported in their role as civic leaders and citizens must be empowered to speak in their own creative voice. The season also deepens the organization’s inclusive approach to both local and global discussions, and the places where they intersect
BRIC, a major incubator and supporter of Brooklyn artists and media-makers, and the leading presenter of free cultural programming in the borough, today announced Kristina Newman-Scott as the organization’s new President. The artist, curator, and arts administrator, who since 2015 has served as Director of Culture for the State of Connecticut, assumes leadership of BRIC in September, in the midst of the organization’s 40th anniversary season.
Newman-Scott’s appointment as President of BRIC is the latest chapter in a remarkable, multifaceted career in the arts. She became an acclaimed painter while still a BFA student at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in her hometown of Kingston, Jamaica. When she moved to Connecticut in 2005, she took her first job as a curator and arts administrator—as Director of Visual Arts at Real Art Ways in Hartford. There she conceptualized, organized, and helped to secure funding for over 60 exhibitions and 50 publications, garnering attention from an array of national and international media. In 2010, she was appointed Director of Programs at the Boston Center for the Arts, where she led the management, design, implementation, and evaluation of numerous innovative programs in the fields of literature, dance, visual art, public art, theater, and education, including a small business program focused on creative businesses. She worked to ensure that all of these programs were responsive to Boston’s diverse communities.
BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, announces its 2nd Annual BRIC OPEN festival of arts and ideas, this year themed around Borders (April 26-29). The BRIC OPEN was borne in 2017 out of BRIC’s core values of creativity, inclusion, and community, bringing people together to imagine a more equitable future through four days and nights of art, music, film, and performance; readings and conversations; and neighborhood tours and shared meals. This year’s festival theme, Borders, reveals complex experiences of moving across geo-political and ideological borders, illuminates the way real and imagined borders intersect, and celebrates our capacity to create connection across boundaries. To maximize accessibility of the BRIC OPEN, all events are free and open to the public, subject to space availability.
BRIC presents Bordering the Imaginary: Art from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Their Diasporas, an exhibition of contemporary artworks using an array of media to mine the interrelated histories of two Caribbean countries that share a single island, their tradition of cultural and social exchange, and the racism and social injustices that have long impacted the people of both nations. The exhibition, sponsored by Goya, brings together Dominican and Haitian artists based in both the island and in the U.S., creating a vivid visual narrative and opportunities for discourse that reconsider differences and commonalities between the distinct but intertwined communities of these countries. Through the exhibition, accompanying catalogue, and public programs, Bordering the Imaginary investigates definitions of nationhood as it relates to these two adjacent countries whose shared border bears a brutally racialized history, yet has also managed to persist as a space of cultural fluidity and collaboration.
BRIC kicks off yearlong 40th Anniversary Celebration with a free concert by Common to open the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on June 5. Annual Opening Night Gala honors outgoing BRIC President Leslie Schultz for her 13-year leadership.
BRIC, Brooklyn’s leading presenter of free cultural programming, will hold its annual fall gala, Wednesday, November 8, at BKLYN STUDIOS at City Point, Brooklyn’s newest shopping, entertainment and eating destination. The evening, celebrating BRIC and its mission to provide arts to all, will begin at 6pm with a cocktail reception, followed at 7pm by a seated dinner. A live auction will take place at 8pm, alongside “Random Acts of BRIC”— pop-up moments of culture showcasing emerging Brooklyn talent and highlighting the range of the organization’s work. The event will honor Paul Travis, founder and managing partner of Washington Square Partners.