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.
The Mike Casey Trio is making its mark in the New York City jazz scene, with new music and several recent live performances. And later this month, this trio of young performers, who met while studying at University of Hartford’s Hartt School, will bring their fresh sound to BRIC JazzFest.
Last month at BRIC House, Making Gowanus: Theatre of the Liberated premiered their community created multi-media performance, celebrating the arts, creativity and activism in the Gowanus Houses, a NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) residence. BRIC joins the Making Gowanus team and neighborhood-wide colaition as they petition to re-open the Gowanus Houses Community Center.
Strong hurricanes devasted Caribbean countries and parts of the United States as well as Mexico, as a result many people lost their homes and loved ones. BRIC and other organizations are working together to offer disaster relief and accepting donations for the families that were affected by the hurricane.