For Nels Cline, home is where the guitars are. "I have about a billion guitars here," he says of his Brooklyn home, where he's relaxing for a day in between gigs. And not just any gigs—Nels just returned from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and will soon be on a plane to Tokyo.
He will be back in Brooklyn soon enough, headlining a show at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on August 5. Unpredictable folk revivalist Sam Amidon will open the show and Nels will perform songs from his 2016 album Lovers, an instrumental double-disc of originals and re-arranged versions of "Great American Songbook" standards. Learn more about Nels in this blog post!
Food options in Downtown Brooklyn just got elevated. Way elevated. The new DeKalb Market Hall, located in the City Point building in Downtown Brooklyn, boasts a high-end, artisanal food court experience, featuring over 40 vendors including iconic New York names such as Katz's Delicatessen, Ample Hills Creamery, Arepa Lady, Fletcher's BBQ, and more. Given the focus on the local food scene, highlighting a diverse group of local, Brooklyn-based visual artists became very important. BRIC is proud to have worked with City Point and Anna Castellani, the co-founder of Foragers in Brooklyn, who helped to create the new food hall, in the creation of several murals within the Market space. Here's some information about the new murals and artists involved, Tatiana Arocha, Cern, and Olalekan Jeyifous.
The fifth year of the Emmy-nominated Media Share grant program kicked off in May with 11 new non-profit organizations – all excited to learn new skills and become media makers!
The Media Share program is a unique, in-kind grant program designed to help selected Brooklyn nonprofit organizations learn how to create and share media that moves their mission forward. Grantees first take custom classes in the BRIC Media Center and then are paired with a Producing Mentor for additional training sessions. The mentors assign “homework” projects and collaborate with the grantee teams on a final PSA-style project. This year, we welcome four new Producing Mentors, eager to begin working alongside their assigned nonprofits in the coming months.
How we perceive ourselves, visually and mentally, is integral to our sense of personal identity. The artists in this exhibition all in some way deal with issues of identity, and the overarching presence of tradition, but this is not to say that they are all analogous. What art provides is a series of strategies, with varying choices such as of medium, figurative (or non-figurative) mode, or collaborative or individual practice. With such a vast array of practical considerations there are a multitude of possible outcomes. What makes this collection coherent and significant is that despite the works visual, and sometimes phenomenological, differences, there is a discernable common effort to either break down the presumed canon, establish new understandings of representation and identity to replace old ones, or both.
Get to know Lia Camille Crockett, the Associate Producer of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, with this Q&A!
"I was excited by the opportunity to work with such diverse artists and not be stuck in one genre or scene. I also appreciate how committed this Festival is to being accessible to all people, which is really important to me. Traditions can develop around these types of long-running annual events, which become seeped into people's memories and culture. I find that really special."
It’s BRIC first ever B Free Awards! We decided it was time to celebrate what makes Brooklyn Free Speech Television programming unique, original, momentous, and AWESOME. Take a trip down memory lane with us!
A selection of films from BRIC's fourth annual Concrete Strories:Brooklyn Youth Media Festival which took place on May 31, 2017.The Festival showcases media produced by Brooklyn-affiliated youth under the age of 21, celebrating talented young media makers who are telling their stories through short films, documentaries, and animations. During the Festival screenings, eleven winning films were shown, and the media makers behind these films were honored. View a selection of the winning films!
What do you think when you hear the words B Free? A few things that come to mind for us are soaring high, unlimited possibilities, freedom of speech, and of course, the B Free Awards. Take a trip down memory lane with us!
BRIC is pleased to announce the eight recipients of our BRICworkspace visual artist residency program for the summer of 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 summer, thanks to a generous new donation of space by Alloy Development, we were able to double the number of artists in residence, from four to eight. Awardees include an all-female roster of artists Nicole Awai, Esperanza Cortés, Lucia Cuba, Phoebe Grip, Katya Grokhovsky, Katherine Toukhy, Jamie Warren, and Monika Weiss.
BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, is pleased to announce that it won two (2) New York Emmy Awards at the 60th Annual New York Emmy® Awards on Saturday, May 6, 2017. What makes this win extra special is that both of BRIC's media initiatives brought home one trophy each. One for BRIC TV, the Brooklyn-focused nonprofit cable channel and digital network BRIC launched to acclaim last year, and one for a community-produced show produced through BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech public access initiative.