Curated by BRIC’s Youth Education department
Re: generation | 33rd Annual Student Exhibition celebrates the work of young artists and media makers from BRIC's Youth Education residency programs in public schools and community centers across Brooklyn.
September 2021 marked the return to full-time, in-person learning for New York City public schools. School communities were forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Educators needed to work tirelessly to address the difficult and complex issues that faced their students and to recreate a sense of safety, agency, and connection for both their students and their communities. As teachers and students strove to reestablish respectful and accepting learning environments, BRIC’s creative and expressive arts programs supported their community re-building.
Through BRIC’s school-based residency program, the classroom became a studio where students expressed themselves, felt seen, and thrived. Guided by a remarkable group of BRIC Teaching Artists, students learned to use art as an outlet for expression and healing. These artists experimented in a wide range of media, including mosaic, mixed media, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, podcasting, animation, and filmmaking, to produce artworks that explored the issues and events shaping their world—COVID-19, mental health, environment, social justice, LGBTQI+, and community.
The works in this exhibition were created by young artists spurred by a force to express themselves and collaborate with their peers. In these uncertain and challenging times, this new generation of artists is embracing the complexities and possibilities for an extraordinary future. Their projects embody the creative courage, thoughtfulness, and resiliency of the youth.
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Photos courtesy of Jason Wyche.
Family Day | Sat. May 21, 11am-2pm
Engage, create, + connect: Join us at BRIC House for amazing adventures in artmaking with BRIC Teaching Artists. Enjoy tours of Re: generation | 33rd Annual Student Exhibition, a performance by Asase Yaa Cultural Arts, and hands-on activities such as scavenger hunts, digital animation, screenprinting, wearables workshops, and more.
ABOUT BRIC YOUTH EDUCATION
For over three decades, BRIC has been a pioneer in providing exceptional art education to public school students throughout Brooklyn. BRIC’s Youth Education program is distinguished by the involvement of professional artists and media makers, who bring their individual professional practices into the classroom via in-school residencies that introduce new ways of learning through a project-based approach. Programs are tailored to the needs of each individual classroom and aligned to local and state educational standards. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 3,000 square-foot Gallery in BRIC House has soaring 18-foot ceilings that permit major exhibitions focusing on emerging and mid-career artists and curators.
Beginning Nov. 1, 2022, attendees of any BRIC House programming will no longer have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the building. Masks are encouraged but not required in all BRIC operated spaces. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email Safety@bricartsmedia.org