Dear BRIC Community,
In this moment of profound reckoning for our country, I'm stunned by having witnessed so brazenly the ongoing consequences of whiteness being weaponized against Black bodies. I grieve for the Black lives taken from us: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others. I'm also pained by the toll COVID-19 has taken on our country, our city, our borough, and our neighbors.
BRIC shares in the loss, rage, and sadness of our community in Brooklyn and across the country. As a group of individuals, we have wrestled with finding the right words and the right actions while doing our civic duty of letting our voices be heard out on the streets. As an institution, we will continue to elevate underrepresented voices by building platforms for them and helping them channel their creativity and message.
Our priority is to listen to our community, provide them with resources, and amplify and present artists, works, and content that grapple with this moment and reflect on the history that has led us here. Through it all, BRIC will continue to operate with integrity, inclusivity, and a commitment to equity.
Arts and Cultural institutions face an uncertain future. This moment behooves us to rebuild and reimagine our arts and cultural sector, centering, celebrating, and acknowledging Black Excellence in all artistic forms.
Our ask is not for Black communities to come up with solutions for a problem that it had no participation in creating. Instead, we will continue to take inventory of our contribution to the field, and invite our partners to do the same.
We are in this together,