BRIC Family /

House Party: Free Radicals


Jan 28, 2017 • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM




BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Photo by Abigail B. Clark


Brooklyn’s best daytime family parties continue! 

Inclusive and welcoming programming that encourage creativity and discovery. Join us for dance classes, gaming, art-making and other participatory activities, culminating in a raucous all-ages dance party.

The Free Radicals House Party will feature a day of unbound exploration, action and reaction – from science projects to political movements.

SCHEDULE (Continually Updated):

12-5pm Rad Women Coloring Booklet
Color and draw important women in your life.
12-2pm Digital Remix Educational Activity: Innovative in Motion
Create and animate an invention of your very own! During this digital art-making activity, participants will have the opportunity to work with a Teaching Artist to cut out and assemble their own inventions/future technology (à la Rube Goldberg machines) using a selection of imagery—of science and inventions throughout history—as inspiration. These creations will then be animated and given life via our green screen! 
12:30-2:30pm Magic of Science with Carmelo the Science Fellow
Navigate your way through a laboratory of fun! Join Carmelo the Science Fellow for a lesson in chemistry with experiments focused on the states of matter and take home what you make!


Rad American Women A-Z
Recharge with some radical inspiration from 26 amazing women who have changed- and are changing - American History. We'll feature a slide-show of Miriam Klein Stahl's bold and colorful illustrations from the book RAD American Women A-Z. Learn from the only alphabet that starts with Angela Davis and ends with Zora Neale Hurston! Copies of RAD American Women A-Z and RAD Women Worldwide, by Kate Schatz with illustrations by Miriam Klein Stahl will be available for family reading.
12:30-3pm Radical Hope for the Year of the Rooster with artist Betty Yu and the USDAC
January 28th marks the Chinese Lunar New Year, the year of the Rooster. In celebration, you’re invited to draw or write your radical hope or courageous act for our country. These messages will be placed in traditional lucky red envelopes, and hung on a lucky bamboo tree to create a collective, radical hope for the New Year. Participant messages will be incorporated into the USDAC’s The Poetic State of the Union Address which will be hosted by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco on March 11.
12:45 & 1:45pm

Afro-Cuban Dance and Revolution!
Participants will have a chance to become warriors through movement, song, and imagery that evokes both human character traits and elements of the natural world, singing and dancing to the Yoruba gods and goddesses of Cuba. Along the way, you will meet:  Elegua, divine trickster and king of the crossroads who opens the way; Ogun, fierce warrior, hard worker, and owner of iron; and Oya, goddess of the threshold and the “winds of change.”  

12:45-1:30pm A Screening of Short Films by Imagine Science 
Imagine Science Films, whose mission is to bridge the gap between art and science through film, thereby transforming the way science is communicated to the public, presents a screening of kid-friendly short films. Come be amazed!
1-4pm Art-Making Activity: Protest Posters
Let your voice and message be heard! 
1:15 & 2:15pm Movement for the People with Preschool Rock! (all ages welcome)
Preschool Rock will lead an exploration through various movement traditions of unity, strength building, and collective resistance. We'll embody ideas from marching games, ring shout, gum boot, toi toi, hip hop - and we'll explore creative movement to interpret our hopes for our community into a collective action statement . . . movement for the people by the people!
1:45-2:30pm Shine & The Moonbeams Perform!
Singer-songwriter Shawana “Shine” Kemp and her band bring soulful R&B and funk music to audiences of all ages through their interactive, family-friendly concerts.
2-5pm Minecraft Meet-Up!
Place blocks and go on adventures by playing everyone's favorite game on your own or against others.
2:45-3:30pm Brooklyn United Marching Band Performs!
Practice your best parade form with Brooklyn United Marching Band as they enliven the Stoop with a full drumline. Learn some new rhythms and march with them into the new year.
3:30-5pm Party Like Brooklyn presents baby loves disco!
Move your family dance party from the living room to the BRIC House Ballroom and dance it out! Party Like Brooklyn presents an after­noon dance party featuring real music spun and mixed by real djs blend­ing clas­sic disco tunes from the 70s, & 80s with today’s hottest dance tunes that creates a child-proof dis­co for tod­dlers, pre-schoolers, and par­ents look­ing to let loose! 


This program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant #MA-10-15-0423-15; Con Edison and by TD Bank

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Special thanks to Imagine Science Films for their partnership in House Party activities. 




Venue Information:

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. 

Beginning Nov. 1, 2022, attendees of any BRIC House programming will no longer have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter the building. Masks are encouraged but not required in all BRIC operated spaces. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email For our full BRIC House COVID-19 policy, visit:

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 Benno Orlinsky at or (718) 683-5637.