We know that you love coming to the Prospect Park Bandshell each summer to experience the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, and our staff gets pretty jazzed about the shows, too! Check out some of our favorite shows and memories from this year!
This year’s OPEN (C)ALL: TRUTH exhibition featured the work of over 125 artists from BRIC’s Contemporary Artist Registry, each responding to the question “What is real and true for you?” From the exhibition, two awardees emerged - a "Viewer's Choice" winner, determined through votes by the public; and a "Best in Show" winner, determined by members of BRIC's Contemporary Art staff and select past exhibition artists. Roughly 350 individuals cast the “Viewer’s Choice” award.
Reminisce with us and warm up thinking back to the summer #AtTheBandshell! We had some amazing artists hit the stage in 2017, but here were our top shows based on how many of YOU came out to enjoy them. Thanks for making it a great year—we can’t wait for 2018!
Another premiere week is in full swing on Brooklyn Free Speech TV and this month, we've got not one...not two...but THREE very special highlights on Brooklyn Free Speech HD! That's Spectrum 1993, Optimum 951, Verizon 47 or BRICartsmedia.org/HD
BRIC is pleased to highlight the four recipients of our BRICworkspace visual artist residency program for Fall 2017. BRICworkspace provides professional, practicing artists with free studio space, a stipend for materials, and visits with curatorial staff from BRIC and other local institutions, and an open studio event. The residency program is now in its fourth year and is open to artists who live, work, or were born in Brooklyn. This fall's residents include Jonathan Allen, Tusia Dabrowska, Maria Hupfield and Josephine Messer. These artists all share studio space at 505 State Street, a satelitte residency location generously donated by Alloy.
Get to know more about Nicole Awai, one of BRIC's artists-in-residence this past summer 2017, participating in the BRICworkspaceResidency program at 505 State Street. Awai is a Brooklyn-based artist who creates multi-media installations that explore the negotiation of multiracial identities and labeling. To create her work, Awai blends traditional and non-conventional materials including nail polish, glitter and found objects, focusing on the the connection between us and the material reality of the world.
Sara Jean-Baptiste is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who creates illustrative work inspired by strong and confident Black women that uses vibrant images and bold colors to produce a dramatic yet calm feel. Her work sends a message about strong, ambitious Women of Color who are often overlooked in our society. Jean-Baptiste studied illustration at the Fashion Institution of Technology. After graduation with an AAS in Illustration, Jean sought out to continue her career in art. She works at live events in which you can find her creating images based on the flow of the audience and in her studio where she is often creating work based on current events.
As part of the release of Sole Kings, BRIC TV has embarked on a special street style series titled "The Sole Kings of Kings County". Each week we will showcase a person or group that considers themselves a legitimate sneakerhead inspired or influenced by Brooklyn.
At BRIC JazzFest this year, you might just find yourself listening to some musicians who aren’t quite old enough to get into jazz clubs themselves—but don’t let that worry you! They’re part of the Groove Diplomacy Youth Orchestra, led by LaFrae Sci, an internationally sought composer, drummer, and educator.