Oct 31, 2017 • 3:30 PM





Evening to Feature Performances by Inyang Bassey and Binky Griptite, Art Installations by Esperanza Cortés and Amanda Browder,  Cocktail Reception, a Contemporary Art Auction, and a Seated Dinner

BRIC After Dark After Party to Feature DJ Duo The Illustrious Blacks, Special Appearance by Untitled Queen and Friends, Nightlife Photographer Meryl Meisler, Costume Designs by David Antonio Cruz and Friends


BRIC, Brooklyn’s leading presenter of free cultural programming, will hold its annual fall gala, Wednesday, November 8, at BKLYN STUDIOS at City Point, Brooklyn’s newest shopping, entertainment and eating destination. The evening, celebrating BRIC and its mission to provide arts to all, will begin at 6pm with a cocktail reception, followed at 7pm by a seated dinner. A live auction will take place at 8pm, alongside “Random Acts of BRIC”— pop-up moments of culture showcasing emerging Brooklyn talent and highlighting the range of the organization’s work.

The event will honor Paul Travis, founder and managing partner of Washington Square Partners, a partner in the City Point with Acadia Realty, for his ongoing commitment to Brooklyn through real estate vision and philanthropy. Lucy Sexton, acclaimed performance artist and Executive Director of the Bessies, will lead the live auction of contemporary art with music by genre-bending vocalist Inyang Bassey and Dap-Kings guitarist Binky Griptite. The event will feature installations by Columbia-born multidisciplinary artist Esperanza Cortés and Amanda Browder, creator of collaborative, architecture-engulfing patchworks.

BRIC After Dark, an after-party celebration, will take place from 8:30 to 11pm. This ultra-glam block party-style event will include music and performance by afrofuturist DJ duo The Illustrious Blacks, a special appearance by Brooklyn drag royalty Untitled Queen and friends Lucy Balls and Chris of Hur, legendary nightlife photographer Meryl Meisler, costume designs by artist David Antonio Cruz and friends, an open bar and tastings and bites from City Point’s Dekalb Market Hall.

Tickets to the event are available for $750 and up, via Marion Carr, at 718.683.5637. BRIC After Dark tickets start at $75 and can be purchased at

BRIC’s 2017 gala is co-chaired by Ashley C. Cotton and Jessie McClintock Kelly. Confirmed attendees include a range of artists, influencers, and business leaders, such as Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage; Judith O. Rubin, Chairman of the Board at Playwrights Horizons; sculptural muralist Marela Zacarías; painters Sam Messer and Deborah Brown; Gemini Entertainment Principal Christina Norman; BRIC President Leslie G. Schultz; Jen Wong, Time, Inc. COO; and many more.

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About BRIC

BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Our main venue, BRIC Arts | Media House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces.

Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, several path-breaking public access media initiatives, including the newly renamed BRIC TV, and a renowned contemporary art exhibition series. BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.

In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences.

BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression.  This dual commitment enables us to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity.  Learn more at


About City Point

City Point, a 1.8 million-square-foot retail, residential and office development at the epicenter of Downtown Brooklyn, is the nexus of the burgeoning borough’s creative energy and entrepreneurial spirit.  With retailers, restauranteurs and entertainment including Alamo Drafthouse, DeKalb Market Hall, Century 21, Target, Trader Joe’s and many others, the mixed-use development is a hub for innovation and commerce where locals and tourists alike go to work, dine, shop and play. 


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