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Aug 10, 2017 • 3:15 PM

The Leading Presenter of Free Cultural Programming in Brooklyn Presents a Wide Range of Performances, Exhibitions, Artist Residencies, Original TV Shows, Podcasts and More Reflecting the Diversity of the Borough


Highlights Include:

  • Brooklyn Photographs (September 7 – October 29), a group exhibit tracing Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and traditions from the 1960s to the present, curated by BRIC’s Elizabeth Ferrer and including work by Yolanda Andrade, Stephanie Apple, Nelson Bakerman, Leigh Davis, Max Kozloff, George Malave, Meryl Meisler, Patrick Pagnano, Sergio Purtell, Larry Racioppo, and Frederick Russell;
  • The celebrated, week-long BRIC JazzFest, including Maceo Parker, The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, Regina Carter, Vijay Iyer, Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, and Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition (October 14 – 21);
  • Two new original series from BRIC TV, the New York Emmy- and Ippies Award-winning Brooklyn-focused cable channel and digital network: The Great Pretender and Sole Kings, the first-ever television series exploring the “sneakerheads” community;
  • The return of GRAMMY-nominated, Brooklyn-based orchestral collective The Knights as BRIC Artists-in-Residence, with both adult and family-friendly concerts (October 1 & 5; December 9 & 10);
  • The World Premiere of The Commons Choir’s mayday heyday parfait (November 9– 12), featuring a diverse cast of 15 weaving a multi-layered narrative in complex musical harmonies and highly personal movement; and
  • New work in the BRIClab Residency program by artists including Kaneza Schaal, Martha Redbone & Aaron Whitby, Edisa Weeks, and Leila Buck (September 21 – December 8).

BRIC, the largest presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, is pleased to announce the fall 2017 season at BRIC House, the organization’s 40,000 SF home in Downtown Brooklyn. The programming exemplifies BRIC’s dual commitment to presenting exceptional arts experiences and nurturing individual expression in order to reflect the borough’s—and New York City’s—innate cultural richness and diversity. The lineup includes premieres and works-in-progress from artists and companies spanning the performing arts; music across the spectrum of genres; rigorously curated exhibitions featuring some of Brooklyn’s most exciting artists; new shows and returning favorites on BRIC TV, the award-winning, Brooklyn-focused cable TV and digital network, and on BRIC Radio, Brooklyn’s premier non-profit podcast network; live-broadcast town hall discussions of timely topics; family programs; education initiatives; and more.

BRIC House has quickly become one of New York City’s most inviting and accessible spaces to experience the arts. The Municipal Arts Society has named it “Best Neighborhood Catalyst,” The New York Times has called “the snazzily re-designed headquarters of BRIC, the venerable Brooklyn arts organization,” and Time Out NY has deemed it “one of Brooklyn’s best hubs for performance art and exhibitions.” BRIC received the 2015 Building Brooklyn Award for Community Development by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, awarded to “renovation projects that improve the borough's diverse neighborhoods and economy.”

Brooklyn Vegan recently wrote, “There are those who believe that art and culture is the province of the few, the elite—i.e., those who can afford it. Then there’s BRIC. The organization advocates that culture is everyone’s right and, as one of the city’s largest presenters of free cultural programming, it backs up that advocacy big time.”

Leslie G. Schultz, President of BRIC, said, “This fall, BRIC House will once again be filled with adventurous programming of the highest quality across a wide spectrum of disciplines, and will proudly maintain its place as a welcoming cultural town square for all. BRIC’s support of diverse Brooklyn artists and media-makers in the development and presentation of inspiring new work is unparalleled.”

Tickets to BRIC House events are currently on sale to BRIC members and will open to the general public on January 15th; they may be purchased online at or via phone at 866.811.4111. The Box Office at BRIC House is open on performance days, one hour prior to the event. BRIC House is located at 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn. BRIC House is open weekdays and Saturday at 8am and Sundays at 10am.





Brooklyn Photographs
Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer
Gallery at BRIC House
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | 7-9pm
On view: September 7 – October 29, 2017
Brooklyn Photographs brings together the work of eleven photographers who have turned their lens on the Brooklyn experience from the late 1960s to the present. Each of these photographers will present a body of work on a specific theme—childhood in Williamsburg in the 1960s, Halloween in the 1970s, Bushwick street life in the 1980s, to name a few. Photography from the last decade will explore such subjects as the rapidly gentrifying post-industrial landscape, Brooklyn artists, and the microcosm of street life visible at the intersection of Fulton and Flatbush, just a few blocks from BRIC House. In sum, the exhibition will illuminate the important role that photography has played in preserving aspects of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and traditions, and in documenting the extraordinary cultural and social diversity that is a hallmark of the borough. It will also reflect the borough as a site of continual change. Neighborhoods transform and new populations emerge, while the essence of Brooklyn’s humanity remains.

Photographers include Yolanda Andrade, Stephanie Apple, Nelson Bakerman, Leigh Davis, Max Kozloff, George Malave, Meryl Meisler, Patrick Pagnano, Sergio Purtell, Larry Racioppo, and Frederick Russell.

Accompanying the exhibition will be a catalogue and public programs, including an artist-led gallery tour on September 16.  

OPEN (C)ALL: Truth
Gallery at BRIC House
On view: November 16 – December 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | 7-9pm
We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand. The artist must know the manner whereby to convince others of the truthfulness of his lies. -Pablo Picasso

We live in an era when truth is under assault. In a time of alternative truths and truthiness, BRIC asks that you show your truth. What is real and true for you? BRIC’s open call exhibitions—presented every other year in the Gallery of BRIC House—feature the work of over 100 artists and are open to all members of BRIC’s online Contemporary Artist Registry. BRIC’s Artist Registry is free and open to artists who were born, live, or work in Brooklyn.


How to Escape a Black Hole
Julia Oldham
Project Room at BRIC House
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
On view: September 7 – October 20, 2017
Working in video and animation, Julia Oldham creates narratives that explore scientific and natural phenomena. Part physics lesson, part voyage toward destruction, the starry universe/video installation Oldham presents in How to Escape a Black Hole is immersive and stimulating. As a giant floating head guides viewers on a meditative journey into an all-encompassing black hole, Oldham replicates YouTube tropes of self-hypnosis and ASMR videos that fabricate soothing soundscapes for their listeners.

Julia Oldham has exhibited at This Friday or Next Friday and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, both in Brooklyn; the Portland Museum of Art, OR; the San Diego Art Institute, CA; and the Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, CA. She maintains an artistic partnership, Really Large Numbers, with Chad Stayrook, and they have exhibited at 125 Maiden Lane and Rooster Gallery, both in NY; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore, MD; and Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL. She has completed residencies at Bison Bison, Corvallis, OR; the Everglades National Park, FL; The Wassaic Project, NY; and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL, among others.


What Is It, Then, Between Us
Magali Duzant
BRIC House Café
On view: October 10, 2017 – May 26, 2018
Magali Duzant’s interdisciplinary work fuses the poetics of perception with a scientific approach to relating the lived experience. In this installation, Duzant illuminates the power of gesture to serve as a universal language. The text, an American Sign Language translation of an excerpt from Walt Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” underscores the possibility of human connection through shared experience. To translate the poem, Duzant created an archive of hands using different hands for each letter, many of them belonging to local artists who were first-time signers. As a result, each hand forms a different version of the letter it portrays, personalizing the interpretations of the universal gestures.

Magali Duzant’s work has been shown at SPRING/BREAK Art Fair, 3W Group, and Fridman Gallery, all in NY; Queens Museum, Local Project, and Flux Factory, all in Queens; Pelham Arts Center; and Gospel Flat, Bolinas, CA. Internationally, she has been featured at Crypt Gallery, London; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; and Parramatta Artist Studios, Sydney.


The World Contained
Leslie Kerby
BRIC House Garage Door
On view: October 23 – November 14, 2017
Leslie Kerby’s work employs a variety of media to explore how identity and social narratives are constructed personally and collectively. The World Contained investigates the multivalent uses of boxes: as containment vessels within global trade and as temporary materials for low-cost housing. Through the course of the animation, Kerby creates a universe punctuated by shelters of boxes perpetually in flux. The collages of rectangles rotate in an orderly line while the cut-outs of hands and feet haphazardly navigate the matrix of structures under construction. The individual body parts move through the network that they create, intrinsically linked to the boxes and to themselves as they struggle to establish a sense of place against the stark background.

Leslie Kerby has been featured at 490 Atlantic Gallery, Norte Maar, the NARS Foundation, and BRIC House, all in Brooklyn; The Painting Center and Garvey|Simon, both in NY; and The Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ. In addition to her artistic practice, she has co-curated exhibitions at for BRIC House, Brooklyn, and Project: ARTspace, NY.


An Inquiry into the ELE
Leigh Davis
Project Room at BRIC House
Opening Reception: November 15, 2017
On view: November 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Intrigued by the complicated relationship people have with death and grief, Leigh Davis explores the moments directly preceding, during, or right after someone loses a loved one. Working in a variety of media, Davis creates an archive of End-of-Life Experiences (or ELEs), which can be described as any sort of deathbed coincidence, premonition, change in atmosphere, or peculiar vision. Through interactions with funeral directors, hospice nurses, religious leaders, and people of all spiritual backgrounds, Davis has accumulated an assemblage of images and oral and written accounts that bridge the mystical gap between the earthly realm and that of the spiritual.

Leigh Davis has had solo exhibitions at Dixon Place, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, and Clermont State Historic Site, all in NY. Her work has also been featured at the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including ones from The Pollination Project, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art.


Mirror’s Inhabitants
Fernanda Mello
BRIC House Hallway
Opening Reception: November 15, 2017
On view: November 16, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Working primarily in painting and drawing, Fernanda Mello reinterprets folkloric culture she learned as a child growing up in Brazil. A self-taught artist, Mello derives her artistic inspiration from her studies of South American tribes and shamans of the Amazon region. In Mirror’s Inhabitants, she catalogs the life of Davi Kopenawa, an important indigenous shaman from Brazil who advocated for rainforest conservation and indigenous rights in light of the arrival of gold miners and their diseases in his region.

Fernanda Mello has exhibited at Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn; the Fort Tilden National Recreation Area; the Regents Canal Festival and The Brick Lane Gallery, both in London; Grand Palais, Paris; Galeria Olho d’Agua, Brasilia; and FilaAC, São Paulo. She is the recipient of an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and currently resides in Brooklyn.


Social Media Strategies for Artists
Robin Cembalest
Gallery at BRIC House
Thursday, November 30 | 7PM
How can you create an authentic voice that conveys your values as an artist, a professional, and a citizen of the world? How can you produce social content that brings your work to expanding networks of journalists, curators, critics, and collectors? How can you combine social media and face-to-face networking to share information, gain visibility and cultivate professional opportunities? Join us for an evening with journalist, editorial strategist, and social media maven, Robin Cembalest, as she offers her expertise to artists. Described by artnet as “one of the leading lights of art-world social media,” Robin Cembalest and her consulting business, Robin Cembalest Editorial Strategies, works with art-world clients to design and implement editorial and digital content. She also founded and directs the Niboristas, a mentoring and networking group for art-world professionals. The former longtime executive editor of ARTnews, she has published widely in The Wall Street Journal, W magazine, and many other publications, and maintains popular feeds on Instagram and Twitter.



BRIC JazzFest
October 14-21
BRIC House, various spaces
The third annual BRIC JazzFest, curated by Jack Walsh, Lia Crockett and Brice Rosenbloom, takes place over the course of a week (October 14-21) and brings together globe-trotting jazz legends and groundbreaking emerging jazz artists from Brooklyn and beyond. The Festival features films, a panel discussion, dance class, poetry slam, and student workshops, culminating in a three-day concert marathon with overlapping performances spanning the BRIC House Ballroom, the Stoop overlooking the Gallery and a jazz club inside the Artist Studio at BRIC House.

Confirmed artists include Maceo Parker, The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, Regina Carter, Vijay Iyer, Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, GoGo Penguin’s live score to Koyaanisqatsi, Harriet Tubman, Rudresh Mahanthappa Indo-Pak Coalition, Samora Pinderhughes, Miles Mosley & The West Coast Get Down, Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirate Troubadours, Theo Croker Escape Velocity, Troker, Butcher Brown, Braxton Cook, Miramar, Imani Uzuri: Wild Cotton, Dave Douglas Meets The Westerlies, Kavita Shah Quintet, Matana Roberts and many more. A full roster of artists and schedule can be found here.

Free events require RSVP at Tickets for the BRIC JazzFest Marathon are $25 advance/$30 door (per day), with limited 3-day passes available for $65.


The Knights
2017-2018 Artists-in-Residence
“[The Knights are] one of Brooklyn’s sterling cultural products…known far beyond the borough for their relaxed virtuosity and expansive repertory.” -The New Yorker
The Knights are a GRAMMY-nominated, Brooklyn-based orchestral collective, flexible in size and repertory, and dedicated to transforming the concert experience. Led by brothers Colin and Eric Jacobsen and evolving from late night chamber music reading parties among a group of friends, The Knights engage listeners and defy boundaries with programs that showcase the players’ roots in the classical tradition and passion for musical discovery. The Knights are proud to bring their Home Season in Brooklyn to BRIC for the third year, partnering to grow orchestral music in Brooklyn. The Knights are Artists-in-Residence at BRIC, rehearsing works that will be performed at BRIC and elsewhere while simultaneously engaging in education and community programs.

In The Knights’s October program of Everything Illuminated, celebrate with Mendelssohn’s jubilant Italian Symphony and special guest tenor Nicholas Phan in Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations.

Everything Illuminated: Family Matinee
October 1 | 2PM
BRIC House Ballroom
$10 Advance | $12 Door, General Admission Seating
Sponsored by Peapod

Everything Illuminated: Orchestra Concert
October 5 | 8PM
BRIC House Ballroom
$18 Advance | $21 Door, General Admission Seating

Cozy up this December for The Knights’s A Brooklyn Schubertiade, an intimate evening of poetry, music, song, and art that includes Puerto Rican-born, Brooklyn-based composer Angélica Negrón.

A Brooklyn Schubertiade: Orchestra Concert
December 9 | 8PM
BRIC House Ballroom

$18 Advance | $21 Door, General Admission Seating
A Brooklyn Schubertiade: Family Matinee
December 10 | 2PM
BRIC House Ballroom
$10 Advance | $12 Door, General Admission Seating

Kiran Ahluwalia 
December 1 | 6:30PM
BRIC House Ballroom
FREE w/RSVP; General Admission Standing
Co-presented by BRIC in association with Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts

Indian-born singer Kiran Ahluwalia fuses the hypnotic grooves of her homeland and Pakistan with passionate Saharan desert blues and innovative Western jazz. Ahluwalia’s vocals are backed by a band that includes the guitar wizardry of Pakistani-American musician Rez Abbasi, as well as harmonium, tabla, and bass. With the release of her most recent album, Sanata: Stillness, the Juno Award–winning artist continues to break new ground and ascend to the forefront of Indo-Pakistani music.



The Commons Choir
Fall 2017 Artists-in-Residence
Led by choreographer Daria Faïn and poet-architect Robert Kocik, The Commons Choir collectively sets humanity’s troubles and highest aspirations to song, movement, and spoken word. A performance by The Commons Choir takes on the scale of an epic, town hall musical, with a core and variable cast of roughly 30 singers, actors, dancers, poets, musicians, and composers. In addition to performance, the Choir’s work manifests in architecture, health, education and socioeconomic justice.

The Commons Choir
mayday heyday parfait (World Premiere)
November 9 – 11 | 8PM
November 12 | 3PM
BRIC House Ballroom
$20 Advance | $23 Door, General Admission Seating
The Commons Choir’s new work, mayday heyday parfait, sets humanity’s troubles and highest aspirations to song, dance, and poetry, exploring the human capacity for empathy across difference. A diverse cast of 15 weaves a multi-layered narrative in complex musical harmonies and highly personal movement—from the violence of history that brought us to where we are now, to a way forward where individuals follow their own paths and yet still feel their connection to others. As the title whimsically suggests, our stories and our histories are irreducible and interdependent. Our collective force may be strong if we can find a way to undiscover ourselves and meet again.

mayday heyday parfait will be performed by Sylvestre Akakpo, Martita Abril, Massimiliano Balduzzi, Ilona Bito, Yoon Sun Choi, Lydia Chrisman, Daria Faïn, Ichi Go, Alvaro Gonzales Dupuy, Antígona González, Michael Ingle, Aram Jibilian, Robert Kocik, Anaïs Maviel, Saúl Ulerio, and Jean Carla Rodea.


BRIClab Residency
BRIClab is a commissioning and residency program that offers local artists time and space to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater and multi-disciplinary performance. Work-in-progress showings, presented with moderated artist-audience dialogues, open artists’ process and creativity to BRIC’s diverse public.

Kaneza Schaal
JACK&JILL (work-in-progress)
September 21 & 22, 2017 | 7PM
BRIC House Artist Studio
$8 Advance | $10 Door, General Admission Seating

JACK&JILL is a comedy of errors structured on social codes and trainings from prison re-entry programs to debutante balls. The performance considers the metric-less damages of being in prison; not the time one has served, but the measure of one’s dreaming that is given to the state. Aspirational class stories like those of the 1950’s sitcoms “The Honeymooners” and “Amos and Andy” intersect with real and imagined entering-society ceremonies like debutante balls. Directed by Kaneza Schaal and starring Cornell Alston, the artists explore markers of transition and transformation, and the liminal ritual spaces that bridge worlds.


Edisa Weeks
THREE RITES: Liberty (work-in-progress)
October 5 & 6, 2017 | 7PM
BRIC House Artist Studio
$8 Advance | $10 Door, General Admission Seating

THREE RITES: Liberty is an installation that will ultimately comprise 1,865 roots, representing the year that legalized chattel slavery ended in America. The roots are made of paper and twine and dangle from the ceiling to the floor. The audience physically separates and moves through the roots to find open spaces containing reflections on liberty. For example: hanging retablos with portraits and quotes by whistle blowers such as Edward Snowden and Marsha Coleman-Adebayo and a totem pole of TV monitors with video of various civic protests in America. The installation includes a performance by Edisa Weeks where she is connected like a puppet to objects that have informed the black experience in America. Alternating between white face, black face and visceral ritual dance, the work examines the pathologizing of African-Americans and how the ideals of liberty are upheld in America.


Martha Redbone & Aaron Whitby
Bone Hill (work-in-progress)
November 16 & 17, 2017 | 7PM
BRIC House Artist Studio
$8 Advance | $10 Door; General Admission Seating
The newest work from Martha Redbone, Aaron Whitby and their collaborators is Bone Hill, a devised, interdisciplinary musical theater piece that brings to light an important piece of American history that has never been told. Inspired by the lives of Redbone’s family in the hills of coalmining Appalachia, Bone Hill is the story of one woman’s return to her childhood homeland in Harlan County, Kentucky, where her family dwelled for centuries. Steeped in a celebration of American music and told through the voices of four generations of Cherokee women, Bone Hill is a story about the sacredness of connections—to the land, to culture, and to each other—and the ruptures that threaten to extinguish them. 

Dark and violent at times, Bone Hill is uncompromising in its desire to be honest about uncomfortable subjects, particularly colonization and race. The piece addresses issues and stories rarely heard in musical theater, including the plight of the Cherokee people who returned home after the Trail of Tears, the U.S. government’s racial reclassification legislatures of the Mid-Atlantic states, the American Indian and African-American interracial dynamic and the ancient burial mounds on the Eastern seaboard, land that was desecrated for coal and the building of new mining towns during the early 1800s. Beyond reflecting the cultural and aesthetic diversity of today’s theater, Bone Hill adds missing narratives. It reveals erased, forgotten truths and it does so with humor, pathos and exuberance. 

Leila Buck
American Dreams and Arabian Nights (work-in-progress)
December 7 & 8 | 7PM
BRIC House Artist Studio
$8 Advance | $10 Door; General Admission Seated
Scheherezade Brown returns to the U.S. from a year in the West Bank, pregnant and engaged to a Palestinian Muslim man. Staying with her WASP father and Lebanese mother in their comfortable suburban home, she must convince both the government and her family to let her love in.  In the process she begins to investigate her own roots and his through letters to their unborn child.  As she struggles to hold on to love and trust across miles and time zones, her jet lag, dreams, and nightmares create a magical, liminal space where boundaries between past and present, here and there, truth and fiction begin to blur, and anything seems possible. Weaving storytelling, dreams, music and more, this playful work-in-progress invites the audience into an interactive exploration of who we let in to our hearts, families and nations – and how those choices shape who we are.


BRIC TV is the voice of Brooklyn on cable television and online video—reflecting the best that the borough has to offer and telling Brooklyn’s story to itself and the world at large. With an audience of influential tastemakers and a reach of millions, the network delivers award-winning documentary series, hyper-local news, politics, music, comedy, original scripted series and more. BRIC TV’s state-of-the-art media facilities are based at BRIC House in Downtown Brooklyn.

Programming airs live on Spectrum 1992, Cablevision Optimum 70, Verizon 46 and posts to YouTube daily at

New BRIC TV Original Series

  • Sole Kings – Premiering on October 2, 2017 - Michael Pinckney (The 25th Hour, Precious, Inside Man) writes and directs this new series that follows the lives of five entrepreneurial sneaker enthusiasts as they hustle their way through Brooklyn’s competitive sneaker culture, trying to define who they are in a world where kicks rule. The colorful cast of collectors, resellers and OGs will resonate with fans of early Spike Lee joints and sneakerheads in Kings County and beyond.
  • The Great Pretender – Premiering on November 20, 2017 - In this new series from director Nate Silver (Thirst Street, Tribeca Shorts 2017; and Actor Martinez, 2016), French theater director Mona, trying to exorcise her past, escapes Paris to do a play based on her last relationship: a tumultuous eight-year, on-again-off-again affair between her and a New Yorker six years her senior, Nick. A mash-up of fiction and reality ensues.


Returning BRIC TV Fall Series

  • The Show About the Show – Season 2 Premiering in December 2017 - Created by filmmaker-provocateur Caveh Zahedi (The Sheik and I) and named one of the top TV shows of 2015 by Indiewire, this self-referential series centers on a Brooklyn filmmaker (Zahedi) trying to make a TV show. As we follow a filmmaker unhinged, burning through ideas and relationships at warp speed, The Show About the Show is by turns painfully revealing, more than a little lunatic, and utterly captivating.  
  • Brooklynification – Season 2 Premiering in December 2017 - Directed by Keith Miller (Five Star, Welcome to Pine Hill), and produced by Christopher Poindexter (72 Hours: A Brooklyn Love Story?), Brooklynification is an uncomfortable comedy series about gentrification in New York’s most storied borough. For fans of Portlandia, High Maintenance and Broad City, this hilarious and diverse cast of characters take on the good, the bad and the awkward as transforming neighborhoods face the unexpected encounters of Brooklyn’s rapidly changing streets.
  • Frameworks - A long-form documentary series that delves deep into a range of subject matter, going beyond the level of a slice-of-life portrait to bring the viewer on a journey as it unfolds. 
  • Laffaholics  - Host Ray Dejon showcases some of the best emerging comics from multiple cities as they hit the stage at East New York’s Lindenwood Diner and Downtown Brooklyn’s Alamo Draft House. 
  • BK Stories - A weekly showcase for short documentaries from around the borough, created by some of the area’s best filmmakers.
  • B-Side - This live in-studio music series features intimate performances and interviews with Brooklyn’s hottest emerging and established musicians of all genres.

#BHeard Town Halls

BRIC TV’s #BHeard Town Halls are a who’s who of local politicians, activists, journalists and community members, gathered in BRIC House to unpack some of the most important yet difficult social issues facing the borough today. From gentrification and school segregation to race and policing, no topic is off-limits, and no viewpoint is ignored. These events are held before a live audience and broadcast on BRIC TV along with Emmy Award-winning #BHeard documentaries that explore social justice issues through a human lens.


Muslims in New York: A Community Comes Together

A #BHeard Town Hall

October 11, 2017 | 7 – 9PM


Within days of taking office, the Trump administration signed an executive order banning travel from six countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The ban sent a familiar ripple of fear through Brooklyn's large Muslim community, still reeling from years of post-9/11 scrutiny, hate crimes and religious profiling. As the Supreme Court convenes this fall to deliberate the future of the ban, BRIC TV will bring together organizers, faith leaders, members of directly affected Muslim communities and elected officials to ask: How can Brooklyn's diverse communities come together in defense of our civil rights? How can every Brooklynite become an ally against religious discrimination? And what are the next steps towards eradicating a legacy of fear and standing together as a community united?


No Shame: Mental Health as a Civil Right

A #BHeard Town Hall 

December 13, 2017 | 7 – 9PM


Mental health is not just a medical issue, but also a civil rights issue; one that permeates our daily lives, those of our friends and family, and the vital institutions that support our society, from schools to the criminal justice system and beyond. While we talk about ending the stigma surrounding mental illness, we often fail to address the discrimination and oppression that compounds itself in poor communities and communities of color.  Here in New York, the lack of accessible, quality mental health resources is real and poses an urgent threat to our Brooklyn community. This event will bring together the voices of patients, practitioners, politicians, and advocates.





BRIC Radio, BRIC’s new premiere podcasting network, offers high-quality programming that reflects the diversity and creative spirit of the borough. BRIC Radio breaks through the mostly white and male world of podcasting by being the only community-based player in the field, incubating free and accessible content for Brooklyn and the world.   

Listen to BRIC Radio on SoundCloud, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play.


Brooklyn, USA

Brooklyn, USA is your home for stories and sounds by, for, and about Brooklyn. Produced by a curated and rotating group of producers, journalists, and radio professionals, the stories are compelling portraits of a particular place and time, transporting a worldwide audience to the borough we call home.  


Last Name Basis

In this bi-weekly podcast hosted by comedian Franchesca Ramsey (MTV’s Decoded) and her husband Patrick Kondas, the pair discusses what’s going on in the world and in their lives as an interracial married couple.


B-Side Podcast

An adapted audio experience of BRIC TV’s live, televised, in-studio music and interview series of the same name, featuring Brooklyn’s hottest emerging and established musicians of all genres.


Talkin’ 4 Curry

Born in 2010 on Brooklyn College Radio, Talkin’ 4 Curry explores different aspects of Caribbean culture through Ole Talk, interviews, guest appearances, live performances and musical segments.


Dear Queer

Every week on Dear Queer, comedian and filmmaker Robin Cloud sits down with a talented member and/or ally of the Queer community to tackle listener’s questions on topics ranging from sex, relationships, money, work and, well, the struggle in general.





The Stoop Series

BRIC’s Stoop Series welcomes audiences for dynamic conversations that connect art, performance, media and other creative fields with big ideas that are important to Brooklynites. The Stoop Series highlights voices we don’t hear enough, creative solutions that deserve more attention, artistic endeavors that make you see the world differently, and tools for enhancing your own creativity.


The Sol Project: Building Equity in Theater

With Jacob Padrón, Artistic Director, The Sol Project

September 12 | 7PM

BRIC House Stoop


Making the artistic ecosystem more equitable requires strategic support by a network of stakeholders dedicated to shared vision. This conversation with the Artistic Director of The Sol Project, Jacob Padrón, and members of the Latinx theater community reveals how the project builds a body of work for the new American theater and promotes the visibility of Latinx playwrights. The Sol Project is a New York City-based theater initiative dedicated to producing works by Latinx playwrights, bringing the stories of this community to the fore of American theater.

East New York Stories

Led by Sarita Daftary with poetry by Tracie Morris

September 19 | 7PM

BRIC House Stoop


The history and changing landscape of East New York inspires many intimate and impactful stories. Led by community organizer and oral historian Sarita Daftary, who will share her audio recordings, and featuring poetry from experimental poet/performer Tracie Morris, who was born and raised in the neighborhood, this conversation will explore topics like redlining, policy making, and the myths of East New York.


Dame Tu Mano: A Performance-Conversation with Combo Chimbita & Amanda Altancara

September 26 | 7PM

BRIC House Stoop


In a small New York living room with no headphones, four first-generation New Yorkers from Colombia created their debut album of sounds rooted in distinctly Afro-Latinx rhythms, titled Abya Yala. Combo Chimbita is the band behind the fiercely entrancing “tropical futurist” work, where you can hear—and feel—influences from Sun Ra to punk rock, evoking a beautifully entangled psychedelic cumbia that feels right at home in Brooklyn’s music scene. Join them in conversation, led by writer and activist Amanda Alcantara (Remezcla, La Galeria), to discuss their music, living and creating in Brooklyn, and how we hear and interpret what’s around and within us.


Real Films by Reel Sisters

October 3 | 7PM

BRIC House Stoop


Reel Sisters, the first Brooklyn-based festival devoted to women of color, has supported and showcased more than 1,200 films by women filmmakers over two decades. This evening of powerful and inspiring short films produced, directed and written by women of color honors the 20th Anniversary of the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series and offers film lovers a chance to meet revolutionary women who are re-shaping the film industry.


Black Masculinity & the Style of Resistance

October 10 | 7PM

BRIC House Stoop


Globally, black people are among the most influential trendsetters in music and fashion. Like music and other forms of black cultural production, personal style and fashion are forms of expression and creativity that are often politically charged. An intergenerational panel, representing a wide range of fields including academia, fashion, art, and social justice, will engage with the idea of personal style to interrogate constructions of black masculinity, investigate ideas of male identity in the contemporary landscape, and consider black male resistance in a discussion about what it means to represent oneself visually.


Jazz & Justice

Moderated by Greg Tate

October 17 | 7PM

BRIC House Stoop


A growing number of jazz elders and newcomers are creating music that indicts, confronts and critiques, without pretending to provide easy answers. This panel discussion delves into the impact of their work, moderated by author and musician Greg Tate, whose writings on culture and politics have been published in The Village Voice, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Artforum, Rolling Stone, VIBE, and many others. Tate is widely praised for his groundbreaking work on music’s social, political, economic and cultural implications. Panelists include composer Samora Pinderhughes, who has created many multidisciplinary works used to examine sociopolitical issues, and Imani Uzuri, vocalist and creator of Revolutionary Choir, a community singing group dedicated to preserving songs of resistance.


Demons, Enemies, and Other Tales from the Promised Land:

A Conversation with Lauren Sanders and J.T. Rogers

November 7 | 7PM

BRIC House Stoop


Join Lauren Sanders to celebrate the release of her new novel, The Book of Love and Hate, a deeply personal reckoning of family and history in the storied land of Israel, in conversation with playwright J.T. Rogers, whose Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation Oslo follows the back channel between Palestinians and Israelis that led to the historic peace agreement in 1993.


Last Name Basis! Live

Hosted by Franchesca Ramsey and Patrick Kondas

November 14 | 7PM

BRIC House Stoop


BRIC Radio proudly presents a live taping of its favorite couplecast, Last Name Basis. Hosted by husband and wife team Franchesca Ramsey and Patrick Kondas, Last Name Basis is a bi-weekly podcast that covers everything from what’s going on in the world to what’s happening in their lives as an interracial married couple. 


The Art of Appropriation: Know Your Copyright/Fair Use Laws

Moderated by Rebecca Cleman

November 28 | 7PM

BRIC House Stoop


Artists are increasingly using found footage to challenge the lack of visibility in the construction of race and identity in popular media. This panel moderated by Rebecca Cleman, Director of Distribution at Electronic Arts Intermix, will include a screening and discussion with audience members diving deep into the laws behind copyright/fair use and issues of appropriation.


Re-Programming: Building Equity in Tech

December 5 | 7PM

BRIC House Stoop


The tech industry is under fire for issues of gender discrimination and racism. But there are bright lights within the industry that are already succeeding in addressing the gender and diversity gap in tech, and are guided by the fundamental belief that technology can be a tool for social good. This conversation highlights those working towards equity in the field and shares their solutions for moving forward.


Children’s Books for Brooklyn Now

December 12 | 7PM

BRIC House Stoop


Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab comes to BRIC for a panel discussion with some of Brooklyn’s favorite children’s book authors and illustrators to share their process of bookmaking. Complete with visuals and a live drawing demo, these local talents will show you the ins and outs of how to make a picture book, from the first spark of an idea to the gorgeous final product.


The Brooklyn Poetry Slam

Select Mondays

BRIC House Stoop


The Brooklyn Poetry Slam brings together Brooklyn’s best slam poets for a monthly gathering of words and wisdom, hosted by Mahogany L Browne & DJ Jive Poetic. The Slam is followed by an Open Mic, so come early to sign up and make your voice heard. As Mahogany Browne says, “These poets will make you feel things.” 


  • Monday, September 18, 7-9PM
  • Monday, October 16, 7-9PM
  • Monday, November 6, 7-9PM
  • Monday, December 18, 7-9PM


Community Dance Class

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company

Select Mondays

BRIC House Ballroom


All ages and skill levels are welcome for a series of Community Dance Classes taught by Ronald K. Brown, founder and Artistic Director of Evidence, A Dance Company. Evidence blends traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word, providing a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. These Community Classes, accessible for all ages and skill levels, are rooted in the Company’s fusion aesthetic and are the perfect alternative to another boring day at the gym. No previous experience necessary.

  • Monday, September 11th, 6:30 – 8PM
  • Monday, October 16th, 6:30 – 8PM
  • Monday, November 20th, 6:30 – 8PM
  • Monday December 11th, 6:30 – 8PM


Community Media

BRIC offers free and low-cost, high-quality media training courses at BRIC House and several Brooklyn Public Library locations, benefitting close to 2,500 adults annually. From video editing to television studio production, the Media Center at BRIC House gives Brooklynites the tools and know-how to professionally create and distribute their own television and podcast shows on Brooklyn Free Speech, BRIC’s New York Emmy-winning community television network that amplifies and honors alternative voices in media.


Practice Your Pitch

Thursday, September 7 | 7 – 9PM

BRIC House Stoop


Do you have a television pitch that you are working on and would like immediate feedback from industry professionals? In this Practice Your Pitch session, you will have 3 minutes to pitch your idea and then get feedback on how you might improve your pitch. Come prepared to pitch your idea to television professionals (Writer/Director Michael Pinckney, author of 100Pitches Squeaky Moore, BRIC TV Executive Producer Aziz Isham, BRIC TV Head of Development & Production Kuye Youngblood) and a live audience!


BRIC Media Talks: Perfect Your Pitch 

Friday, October 20 | 7 – 9PM

BRIC House Media Center


Do you have an interesting idea for a television show but are having difficulty coming up with a way to sell it? In this workshop, you’ll learn valuable techniques from BRIC TV producers for preparing for a television pitch. These include developing a hook, considering the audience, coming up with a trailer, as well as common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid when brainstorming your pitch.


BRIC TV Open Pitch

Thursday, November 16 | 7 – 9PM

BRIC House Media Center


Have an idea for a television series that you want to see air on BRIC TV? This is your chance to pitch your show idea directly to BRIC TV! You will have 5 minutes to introduce your idea and sell your show (make it good folks!), and then our esteemed panel of judges will give you 5 minutes of feedback. Select projects may be chosen for further development.


BRIC Media Talks: Pillow Talk – The Personal in Podcasting

Saturday, November 18 | 3 – 5PM

BRIC House Stoop


As a medium, podcasting opens many options for independent expression. But what are the risks and obstacles of sharing personal and intimate details with a growing audience? Does podcasting present a new route for personal and documentary storytelling? Brooklyn Free Speech presents this Media Talk featuring producers and hosts from public radio and independent productions who will share their insights within this burgeoning medium. Panelists include Andrea Silenzi, Giulia Rozzi, Will Miles, and Lu Olkowski.


Media Arts Fellowship Screening

Wednesday, November 29 | 7 – 9PM

BRIC House Stoop


Come see what the 2015 Media Arts Fellows have been up to! Attend a screening of work created by this year's Fellows, using the skills and knowledge they have acquired during their BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, which makes BRIC's Media Education courses, equipment and facilities available to professional Brooklyn-affiliated visual artists at no charge. Each fellow will present his or her work to the audience and then screen a 5-minute excerpt.




BRIC House Parties

Brooklyn’s best daytime family parties continue with special activities including hands-on art making, gaming and science exploration, and live performances all culminating in a raucous family dance party for all ages!


BK to the Future

September 23 | 12PM – 5PM


Sponsored by Peapod

Compose images, stories and songs to remember the past, create the present, and imagine the future.


Truth Be Told

December 2, 2017 | 12PM– 5PM


Sponsored by NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

A day exploring fact and fiction. You be the detective, the researcher, the judge.



A hands-on workshop for families to work together on a creative art project. From silent movies to mosaic plaque creations, these projects will celebrate the notion of home and more. For families with school-age children (ages 7+).


Picture This

October 7 | 11AM– 2PM

BRIC House Stoop


Sponsored by Peapod

Before digital cameras and taking pictures with your phone there was exposing paper and film to sunlight!  Come and let BRIC teaching photography artists help you capture images the old-fashioned way. Against the backdrop of the Brooklyn Photographs exhibition in the Gallery, families will use analog photography techniques such as pinhole cameras and sun-prints, and develop their images in our pop-up red-light darkroom.  Bring in small flat objects that can cast a silhouette for sun-prints (e.g. necklaces, charms, keys, leaves, etc.) to add to the fun!


Light It Up

November 4 | 11AM– 2PM

BRIC House Stoop


Since the invention of the light bulb in 1885, people have found creative ways to diffuse the harshness of the bare bulb.  Come and let BRIC teaching artists help you create your own decorative lamp!  Drawing inspiration from various cultural traditions; families will learn how to design and build their own lamps using armature, colorful tissue paper and an actual light bulb cord kit.  Take home a one of a kind lamp structure that can be used to illuminate your family’s home every day!



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 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 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.

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BRIC’s programs benefit from generous private funding from 66 Rockwell, Alloy, American Express, Astoria Bank, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Bay and Paul Foundations, Bloomingdale’s, City Point, Con Edison, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America, Ford Foundation, Forest City Ratner Companies, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, Lambent Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, New Music USA, New York City Cultural Agenda Fund in the The New York Community Trust, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Oppenheim Family Foundation, PeaPod, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Henson | Soule | Compass, The Shubert Organization, TD Bank, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Pia and Jimmy Zankel, as well as numerous individual supporters. BRIC’s media programs are made possible by generous funding from Verizon, Optimum, RCN, and Spectrum.

Generous public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; The Institute of Museum and Library Services; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl; Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; New York State Assembly Members Joseph R. Lentol, Walter Mosley, Annette Robinson, and Jo Anne Simon; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council; New York City Council Members Inez Barron, Robert Cornegy, Laurie Cumbo, Rafael L. Espinal, Jr., Mathieu Eugene, Vincent Gentile, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Alan Maisel, Darlene Mealy, Mark Treyger, and Jumaane Williams; and the Theater Subdistrict Council.

The Knights residency at BRIC is made possible through generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and, in part, with public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bone Hill is commissioned by Joe’s Pub and the Public Theater, with support from the NEFA National Theater Project Creation and Touring Grant, National Performance Network Creation Fund and Lincoln Center.  

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