This event will include interactive art-making activities; live music, poetry, theater, and dance performances; community organizations on hand; and a keynote address by national social and criminal justice advocate, writer, and educator, Shaun Leonardo; plus much more! Lunch and snacks will be provided, and there will be swag bag giveaways!
- Get Involved! These organizations will have representatives on-site to help you get involved with local activism and initiatives: YO S.O.S. (Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets); Center for Community Alternatives; The Legal Aid Society’s Know Your Rights; El Puente
- BRIC's 31st Annual Contemporary Art Student Exhibition,
- Art-Making: community mural, t-shirt screenprinting, and post-card making.
- Welcome remarks and keynote address by Shaun Leonardo at 10:45AM.
- Performances by Brooklyn area schools.
Art A Catalyst For Change is a city-wide program initiated by several NYC Council members and dozens of activists as a way to raise awareness and end gun violence, through art. “Art has the power to change the lives of our young people,” said Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, who, along with Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams, spearheaded the initiative.
Participating schools include: Boys and Girls High School | P.S. 308 Clara Cardwell | P.S./I.S. 288 The Shirley Tanyhill | Liberation Diploma HS | Ebbets Field Middle School | P.S. 284K The Gregory Jocko Jackson School of Sports, Art and Technology | Meyer Levin High School | M.S. 240 Andries Hudde | High School for Civil Rights| Junior High School 292K Margaret S. Douglas | P.S. 184K Newport | Brownsville Academy High School | Van Siclen Community School
This program is part of New York State’s Gun Violence Awareness month, and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Laurie A. Cumbo
Speaker of New York City Council
Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough.
BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Nia I'man Smith at nsmith@BRICartsmedia.org or 718.683.5986.