FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WES JACKSON NAMED PRESIDENT OF BRIC, THE PIONEERING BROOKLYN-BASED ARTS AND MEDIA INSTITUTION
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Accomplished Entrepreneur and Innovator, Civic Leader, and BRIC Arts Media Alumnus
June 7, 2022, New York, NY – Today, BRIC, a leading, multi-disciplinary arts and media institution anchored in downtown Brooklyn, announced Wes Jackson will be appointed President of the organization, effective July 18, 2022.
Wes has over 25 years of experience as a leader, entrepreneur, innovator, creative and executive in entertainment and academia. Jackson comes to BRIC from Emerson College where he was the Director of the Business of Creative Enterprises (BCE) Program and Senior Executive In Residence. While at Emerson, he was instrumental in increasing enrollment fivefold, launching the graduate degree, founding “The Future of Creative Industries'' Conference, and the Global BA degree. He is an alumnus of BRIC Arts Media and has collaborated with the organization as a creator and speaker in several capacities since 2016.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead an outstanding organization like BRIC. It is a pillar of Brooklyn and the arts community worldwide. For decades, BRIC’s excellence has touched so many. With its mission and reputation, BRIC is entering a powerful era of growth. I look forward to working with the team to ensure we realize our full potential,” said Wes Jackson. “It is not hyperbole to say that arts, culture, and education can change the world. It is with that understanding that I embark on this journey. The world needs a place where ideas and expression can flow freely and evolve. The world needs BRIC.”
Wes’ career began with producing concerts for Nas, The Roots, The Dave Matthews Band, The Fugees, and A Tribe Called Quest. His first venture, Seven Heads Entertainment, was a vanguard for progressive and community based Hip-Hop. Seven Heads helped launch the careers of Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Talib Kweli, El-P (Run The Jewels), Common, and others. Music from Seven Heads Roster was included in HBO's "The Wire", “The Boondocks”, and the film "Brown Sugar” among others.
Wes would later found and lead the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, an annual event that ran for 15 years with the mission to create a world class event to honor Hip-Hop music and culture and the borough of Brooklyn. The Festival hosted a range of talent including Jay-Z, Kanye West, NYS Attorney General Letitia James, Deray McKesson, Kendrick Lamar, Fab 5 Freddy, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Q-Tip, and many others.
"Wes Jackson is a thinker and doer. His approach to leadership, entrepreneurism, art and culture, public service, creativity, relentlessness, academia, integrity, and curiosity plus his love for Brooklyn inspire us. Leading BRIC into its bright and evolving future while embracing transformation, growth, and innovation will be an extension of his life's work. BRIC's board and staff are enthused to partner with him as he brings his track record of building successful organizations to BRIC on our voyage to continue Building Brooklyn's Creative Future," said Michael Liburd, BRIC Board Chair.
Wes also taught at the City University of New York and consulted for Jazz At Lincoln Center, MTV, Grammy Camp, and VH1. Jackson is a Trustee of the Brooklyn Public Library and Board Chair of the Brooklyn Crescents.
Jackson succeeds Kristina Newman-Scott who was preceded by Leslie Griesbach Schultz. BRIC House is a 40,000-square-foot arts-and-media complex that brings BRIC’s year-round live performances, visual arts exhibitions, media making and education programs together under one roof. It attracts 100,000 visitors each year, and is a cornerstone of the Brooklyn Cultural District. The facility includes two performance spaces; BRIC Gallery, a major contemporary art exhibition space; a project room for small-scale contemporary art exhibitions; a glass-walled television studio where BRIC TV, the Emmy award-winning Brooklyn-focused cable and digital network films and broadcasts; a state-of-the-art public access media center, home to BRIC 's media education programs; and editing and podcasting studios.
BRIC’s programs include the free, summer-long BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, whose 44th season is currently underway; the New York Emmy Award-winning BRIC TV, whose programming includes acclaimed original scripted series, a live daily show, and hyper-local news stories and documentaries; Brooklyn Free Speech TV, a leading public access TV network; a major contemporary art exhibition program; BRIC JazzFest, which brings global legends and emerging artists in jazz to Brooklyn each October; the weekly Stoop Series of free public conversations at BRIC House with artists, authors and filmmakers; family programs; and more. BRIC’s nationally recognized school-based arts and media education program reaches thousands of NYC public school students each year.
BRIC supports the work of artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity of New York City through programs including BRICLab, which awards ten residencies per year to playwrights, choreographers, composers and others developing new performing arts works; residencies providing 16 visual artists with work space each year; commissioning programs for Brooklyn filmmakers to create new scripted TV series; and long-term residencies for established Brooklyn artists.
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 builds Brooklyn's creative future. Learn more at bricartsmedia.org.
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