JACK WALSH STEPS DOWN AS BRIC SVP OF PERFORMING ARTS AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF THE BRIC CELEBRATE BROOKLYN! FESTIVAL
BRIC, a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action, announces that Jack Walsh has departed as Senior Vice President of Performing Arts and Executive Producer of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. Through 26 years at BRIC, as executive producer of the Festival since 1994, Walsh has been responsible for its remarkable growth from a neighborhood concert series to a nationally and internationally acclaimed music festival. Walsh also developed and produced BRIC JazzFest, Brooklyn’s premier jazz festival, and oversaw the launch and expansion of BRIC’s artist residency programs, music showcases, and a variety of other performing arts series.
“Jack has led the Festival through an extraordinary period of growth, featuring a stellar lineup summer after summer at the Prospect Park Bandshell, and positioning the Festival and BRIC as a model locally, nationally and internationally,” said Kristina Newman-Scott, President of BRIC. “We are grateful to him for shaping programs over the years, including BRIC JazzFest, BRIC House Sessions, the BRIClab residency program, and being part of the team that developed BRIC House.”
“I am honored and humbled to have worked at BRIC for nearly three decades. I had been considering my next chapter for a while, and when the in-person Festival was cancelled in April due to COVID-19, the time felt right for me to pass the baton.” said Jack Walsh. “I am proud of the work we’ve done to create platforms for artists to raise their voices and shine a light on what is at stake in our world, and to celebrate what is good and just in our society. I plan to continue producing performances, developing venues, and bringing people together again once we are allowed to do so.”
As Senior Vice President of Performing Arts, Walsh produced the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival while also furthering the growth and expansion of all BRIC performing arts programming. In 2007, he oversaw the launch of BRIC’s signature BRIClab Commissioning and Residency program, which nurtures the development of new work in the performing arts. In 2015 he launched BRIC JazzFest, a major new jazz festival/showcase for Brooklyn featuring twenty-seven performances on three stages over three days. And in 2016 Walsh and his team launched BRIC House Sessions, a weekly series of concerts featuring artists from around the world and around the block.
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.