As Chair of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Friends Council, Nell Muldoon leads a 15-group council who serve as the community ambassadors for the Festival and help promote BRIC’s mission of keeping the arts accessible to all. Learn more about Nell, her life in Brooklyn, and how small businesses have become an important element of the Festival each summer!
Summer is here, and we have seven wonderful visual artists in-residence at BRIC House, and just down the street at 505 State Street, our satelitte residency space. Learn more about our newest BRICworkspace artists and visit their open studios during our OPEN HOUSE/OPEN STUDIOS event on August 1 from 6-9PM.
We are proud to announce our newest BRICworkspace visual artists-in-residence -- Paolo Arao, David Antonio Cruz, Tali Keren, and Adama Delphine Fawundu -- who have moved into their studios at 505 State Street, our satelitte residency space generously provided by Alloy and just steps from BRIC House. Learn more about these artists below and stay tuned for an open studios event at the end of the year.
This past spring, food giant Goya partnered with BRIC to generously sponsor the exhibition, Bordering the Imaginary: Art from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Their Diasporas. In conjunction with sponsorship of the show and as part of the company’s Goya Gives initiative, the popular food label proposed working with BRIC to facilitate anartist residency at the Orfanato Niños de Cristoorphanage in La Romana, located in the Dominican Republic, and founded by Henry Cardenas and Marc Anthony of the Maestro Cares Foundation. Bordering the Imaginary exhibition artist iliana emilia garcía was selected to travel to the Dominican Republic to provide a series of art workshopsat the orphanage. BRIC's Contemporary Art Program Manager Sol Nova accompanied garcía on the trip, and helped out with the workshops she provided to 25 orphaned kids interested in art, ages 10-18. Here, Sol talks about the trip and her experience helping the youngsters at Orfanato Niños de Cristo create art.
Learn a little bit more about Gretchen Van Lente, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival's Volunteer Coordinator!
"I am amazed at the diversity at every single show. Seeing such a cross section of New York City dancing, singing, swaying and grooving along to the same music really reminds me that it truly is the universal language."
A free community workshop organized by the Downtown Brooklyn Management Fellows (2017-2018)
Brooklyn community members gathered in BRIC’s Artist Studio on Saturday, May 19, 2018 for an afternoon of Freedom Dreaming. In exploration of distinguished U.S. History Professor Robin D.G. Kelley’s concept of Freedom Dreaming, the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellows programmed this event as a manifestation of our own Freedom Dreams as a cohort of women of color working towards equity in arts management. Freedom Dreaming encourages participants to create the world we dream of by first, visualizing the future we want to live in and second, determining the actions that will lead us there.
On May 30, 2018, Concrete Stories, the 5th annual BRIC Youth Media Festival took place, showcasing short films, documentaries, animations, and other media created by youth under the age of 21.Two screenings took place in the BRIC Ballroom in which the those films receiving awards were shown, and the filmmakers were honored. In case you missed the event, here are the winning films in five categories! Congratulations to all who participated.