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.
BRIC, Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) are pleased to announce the launch of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship, a new program whose aim is to build long-term equity and diversity in the field of arts management.
Leslie Griesbach Schultz has announced that she will step down as President of BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn and a major incubator and supporter of Brooklyn artists and media-makers. Schultz, who has led BRIC since 2005, will remain at BRIC until June 2018, when the organization begins a yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary. BRIC’s Board of Directors has begun a nationwide search for her replacement.
The Leading Presenter of Free Cultural Programming in Brooklyn Presents a Wide Range of Performances, Exhibitions, Artist Residencies, Original TV Shows, Podcasts and More Reflecting the Diversity of the Borough
The acclaimed Festival brings together globe-trotting jazz legends, groundbreaking emerging jazz artists from Brooklyn and beyond, and grows in third year to include a full week of programming, much of it free. Plus performances by Maceo Parker, The Sun Ra Arkesta directed by Marshall Allen, Vijay Iyer, The Terri Lyne Carrington Band, GoGo Penguin and more.
Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship Is Conceived in Partnership by BRIC, Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) Following 2016 Diversity Study by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs