BRIC Expands and Reimagines Annual Artist Residency Programs

Aug 26, 2020 • 1:00 PM

BRIC Expands and Reimagines 
Annual Artist Residency Programs 

The Leading Arts and Media Institution Shares 2020 Cohort for three of the four BRIClab Residency Tracks and Announces Launch of New BRIClab: Film + TV Residency Track

Photo by Liz Maney.

(BROOKLYN, NY — AUGUST 26, 2020​) BRIC is pleased to announce the newly-reimagined BRIClab residency program. This multidisciplinary residency program was created to advance opportunities for emerging and mid-career visual artists, performers, and media makers by offering essential resources, mentorships, and platforms to share their work. It aims to build a stronger and more diverse artistic community that is reflective of Brooklyn by supporting long term growth and fostering conversations across disciplines, especially for artists of color and underrepresented artists. The 2020 artists-in-residence have been selected for the Contemporary Art, Performing Arts, and Video Art residency tracks, and the application period for the Film + TV residency track opens today. 

“For over forty years, BRIC’s mission has been to provide Brooklyn artists with a platform for incubation, growth and creativity,” states BRIC President Kristina Newman-Scott. “BRIC remains steadfast in our commitment to advance opportunities for Brooklyn’s creative community through initiatives such as our BRIClab residency. We are so looking forward to working with this year’s remarkable cohort of artists.” 

Former artist opportunities operated individually under the BRIClab, BRICworkspace, and Media Arts Fellowship programs, which served performing, contemporary, and video artists, respectively. This new approach will shift all three into aligned tracks under the overarching BRIClab artist residency program and will also welcome the addition of a new Film + TV track. Each track offers unique resources designed to meet the needs of varied artistic practices including financial support, mentorship, skills-based learning opportunities, and documentation of their work. In-progress public programs (virtual and later live) will take place from September 2020 through June of 2021. 

As part of the refreshed format, BRIC will also formally pair each participant with a mentor with industry experience relative to their project. These mentors will work alongside the residents to help investigate and interrogate their work as it develops.

Each residency has its own timeline and application. More information about each track and the residency finalists is below.

BRIClab: Contemporary Art 

Above (left to right): The 2020 BRIClab: Contemporary Art finalists. Top row: Destiny Belgrave, Jasmine Murrell, Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira. Bottom row: Lizania Cruz, Sarah Nicholls. 

The BRIClab: Contemporary Art residency track offers visual artists technical support, space, feedback, and resources to develop and advance their innovative projects. The residency offers three months of rent-free studio space at BRIC House (647 Fulton Street) in Downtown Brooklyn, a $2500 stipend, studio visits with curatorial staff from BRIC and other local NY institutions, mentorship, and an Open Studio event during the residency period.

This year’s finalists are Destiny Belgrave, Lizania Cruz, Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira, Jasmine Murrell, and Sarah Nicholls. Public programs to be announced.

BRIClab: Film + TV (NEW!)

BRIC is excited to announce the launch of its new BRIClab: Film + TV residency track. Three residencies will be awarded in the first year of the program to create opportunities for emerging and mid-career media-makers by incubating innovative and ambitious storytelling talent working in both established and experimental forms of media.

Applications are now open for the 2020 BRIClab Film TV Residency Program, which will run from November 2020 - April 2020.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: September 18, 2020.

Application is available at

BRIClab: Performing Arts

Above (left to right): The 2020 BRIClab: Performing Arts finalists. First row: Maria Bauman; Mia Rovegno, Tahir Karmali, and Elizabeth Thys; Darian Dauchan. Second row: Becky Baumwoll; Modesto “Flako” Jimenez and Brisa Areli Muñoz; Diane Exavier and Dominique Rider. Third Row: Adrienne Westwood and Angélica Negrón; and Parijat Desai.

The BRIClab: Performing Arts residency track is for local performing artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater, and multidisciplinary performance. The residency offers artists rent-free studio space for ten days in the Artist Studio at BRIC House, a $2500 stipend, tech support, mentorship, and work-in-progress public performances. 

This year’s finalists are Maria Bauman;  Mia Rovegno, Tahir Karmali, and Elizabeth Thys; Darian Dauchan; Becky Baumwoll; Modesto “Flako” Jimenez and Brisa Areli Muñoz; Diane Exavier and Dominique Rider; Adrienne Westwood and Angélica Negrón; and Parijat Desai.


THU-FRI, SEP 24-25, 2020 | 7:30PM
Desire: A Sankofa Dream (DESIRE) (work-in-progress) is a multi-disciplinary, non-proscenium and site-responsive artwork centered on imagination and consent as mechanisms of Black Queer survival which must be practiced rigorously.

Choreographer/Facilitator: Maria Bauman; Dramaturg: Sharon Bridgforth


THU-FRI, OCT 8-9, 2020 | 7PM
Elevator is an immersive multimedia performance exploring a deconstructive critique of the Elevator Pitch, a capitalist ritual where a concise business proposal is delivered within a two-minute elevator ride to a captive listener.

Playwright/Director: Mia Rovegno; Conceptual Artist: Tahir Carl Karmali; Dramaturg: Elizabeth Thys


THU-FRI, NOV 12-13, 2020 | 7PM
The Brobot Adventure (work-in-progress) is the follow-up show to The Brobot Johnson Experience, where an alien Hip Hop android named Flobot Owens travels through space and time to help humans be better humans.

Writer/Composer/Performer: Darian Dauchan; Director: Andrew Scoville; Projection Designers: Sadah Espii Proctor and Lisa Renkel; Co-Producer: Poetic Theater Productions


THU-FRI, DEC 10-11, 2020 | 7PM
Body/Language (work-in-progress) explores the communicative capacity of the body through playing and plays, developed and performed by an ensemble of BKBX mimes, live musicians, and ASL-speaking artists.

Artistic Director, Broken Box Mime: Becky Baumwoll; Company Members, Broken Box Mime: Nick Abeel, Blake Habermann, Regan Sims, Duane Cooper, David Jenkins, Tasha Milkman, Joél Pérez, Marissa Molnar, Matt Zambrano, Géraldine Dulex, Dinah Berkeley, Esti Bernstein, Jamie Roderick, Ismael Castillo, Joshua Wynter, Leah Wagner Leonard


THU-FRI, FEB 4-5, 2021 | 7PM
MMDementia Project (work-in-progress) is a new multidisciplinary theatrical work in which we explore our relationship to the matriarchy and our ancestors, familial bonds and inherited trauma, and how our own identity can impact our mental health.

Writer/Performer: Modesto "Flako" Jimenez; Director: Brisa Areli Muñoz


THU-FRI, MAR 4-5, 2021 | 7PM
Bernarda’s Daughters (work-in-progress) is an exploration of private and public grief that asks when, where, what, and whom do we mourn.

Writer: Diane Exavier; Director: Dominique Rider


THU-FRI, APR 1-2, 2021 | 7PM
[  ] (work-in-progress) is a corporeal and sonic exploration into histories of womxn ancestors created by choreographer Adrienne Westwood and composer Angélica Negrón. Together with five performers, they create an embodied exploration of untold and imagined histories.

Choreographer: Adrienne Westwood; Composer: Angélica Negrón


THU-FRI, APR 29-30, 2021 | 7PM
How Do I Become (work-in-progress) is a multidisciplinary performance exploring the relationship between inner struggle and outward action in two parts—“How Do I Become I” and “How Do I Become We.”

Creator/Choreographer/Co-Composer: Parijat Desai; Vocal/Co-Composer: Kiran Ahluwalia; Guitar/Co-Composer: Rez Abbasi; Violin/Co-Composer: Arun Ramamurthy; Percussion and Flute/Co-Composer: Kaoru Watanabe

BRIClab: Video Art

Above (left to right): The 2020 BRIClab: Video Art finalists. First row: Jonathan Gonzalez, Sareh Imani, Melissa Joseph, James McCracken. Second row: T. Autumn Newcomb, Elizabeth Orr, Carrie Elston Tunick, Tanika Williams. Third Row: Hanwen Zhang.

The BRIClab: Video Art residency track is a year-long residency for professional, local visual artists who have a desire to explore video and audio as distinct mediums, or as part of an interdisciplinary practice. This residency offers free access to equipment, courses through BRIC’s Media Education program, and studio/editing facilities. The selected artists also receive a $2500 honorarium, consultations with BRIC curatorial staff and past residents, mentorship, and a public screening of their work upon completion of the program.

This year’s finalists are Jonathan Gonzalez, Sareh Imani, Melissa Joseph, James McCracken, T. Autumn Newcomb, Elizabeth Orr, Carrie Elston Tunick, Tanika Williams, and Hanwen Zhang. Public programs to be announced.

BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, BRIC has shaped Brooklyn's cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for their community, BRIC ignites learning in people of all ages and centralizes diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC is Building Brooklyn's creative future.

Major support for BRICLab is provided by Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Additional support for BRICLab: Performing Arts is provided by Howard Gilman Foundation and Mertz Gilmore Foundation. 

General support for BRIC is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Booth Ferris Foundation, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Con Edison, Howard Gilman Foundation, Industry City, JP Morgan Chase, Lambent Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, New York Community Trust, Scherman Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Surdna Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, The Zankel Fund, and numerous individuals.


Danellys Wong                  
Account Coordinator, Cultural Counsel