Youth Takeover BRIC, An Event Showcasing Artwork and Films by Brooklyn Students

May 3, 2023 • 12:00 PM


Elisa Smilovitz / 551.486.3273 /
James Michael Nichols, BRIC / 718.683.5980 /
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Youth Takeover BRIC, An Event Showcasing Artwork and Films by Brooklyn Students

Youth Takeover brings together three programs for one night, Concrete Stories: BRIC’s Youth Media Festival;  Emerging Creators, 34th Annual Contemporary Art Student Exhibition; The World, Reflected In Your Eyes, the 4th annual For-Teens-By-Teens exhibition

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Dreams Are What We're Made Of, mural by Brownsville Academy High School and BRIC Arts Media. Photo Credit: Eric Miles

(BROOKLYN, NY - May, 3, 2023) – BRIC, a leading arts and media institution, is pleased to announce the 34th annual Contemporary Art Student Exhibition, Emerging Creators, The World, Reflected In Your Eyes, an art exhibition curated by the Youth Curatorial Fellows, and Concrete Stories: BRIC’s Youth Media Festival produced by Youth Media Fellows. Youth Takeover, a reception and media event for the exhibitions and film festival, will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2023, from 5-8pm at BRIC House. The exhibitions will be on view through June 18, 2023.

BRIC’s 34th annual student exhibition, Emerging Creators, celebrates the creativity of K-12 graders who are part of BRIC's Youth Education Residency Programs, representing a network of over 800 students across 37 schools, and 12 community-based organizations  located across 23 Brooklyn neighborhoods. The exhibition brings together youth voices exploring diverse topics, including community,  identity, activism, and current events. Artists work across a wide range of media, including mosaic, mixed media, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, podcasting, animation, and filmmaking, to produce artworks that explore the issues and events shaping the post-pandemic world. Emerging Creators, embodies the creative courage, thoughtfulness, and resiliency of the youth. The exhibition will be on view from May 25 - June 18, 2023, in the Main Gallery. 

2022-2023 BRIC Youth Education Program Sites
Boys & Girls High School, Brooklyn High School of the Arts, Brownsville Academy High School, CyberArts Studio Academy, Digital Arts and Cinema Technology High School, Fort Greene Preparatory Academy - K691, I.S. 281 Joseph B. Cavallaro, J.H.S. 278 Marine Park, J.H.S. 383 Philippa Schuyler, Lyons Community School, M.S. 266 Park Place Community Middle School, M.S. 340 North Star Academy, M.S. 352 Ebbets Field Middle School, M.S. 484 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center II, M.S. 582 - Magnet School for Multimedia, Technology, and Urban Planning, P.S. 005 Dr. Ronald McNair, P.S. 034, P.S. 059 William Floyd, 

P.S. 100 The Coney Island School, P.S. 115 Daniel Mucatel School, P.S. 139 Alexine A. Fenty School, P.S. 177 The Marlboro School, P.S. 196 The Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School for Communication & Mixed Media Arts, P.S. 222 Katherine R. Snyder, P.S. 225 The Eileen E. Zaglin, P.S. 272 Curtis Estabrook, P.S. 276, P.S. 277 Gerritsen Beach, P.S. 288 The Shirley Tanyhill, P.S. 306 Ethan Allen School, P.S. 310 The School for Future Leaders, P.S. 327 Dr. Rose B. English, P.S./I.S. 104 The Fort Hamilton School, P.S./I.S. 308 Clara Cardwell, Urban Assembly School for Music and Art, Van Siclen Community Middle School, Williamsburg HS for Architecture & Design, Flagstone Family Center, Queens Community Justice Center -Rockaway

2022-2023 BRIC Youth Education Program Partner Organizations
Brooklyn Academy of Music, CAMBA Inc, Center for Court  Innovation, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, FAB Fulton, Fund for Public Housing, Inc, Grand Street Settlement, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), NIA Community Services Network, University Settlement

The 4th annual For-Teen-By-Teen exhibition, The World, Reflected In Your Eyes, is a curated exhibition by the 2022-2023 Youth Curatorial Fellowship. The fellows, nine New York City-based sophomores, juniors, and seniors ages 13-19, developed the concept and curated a selection of artwork across mediums submitted by New York City High School students through an open call. The World, Reflected In Your Eyes  is an immersive exhibition about our realities and vision of the future. It asks the questions: What are your revolutionary ideas for the future? What problems are we trying to solve? What do you want out of this reality? The exhibition is divided into two sides that represent the opposing views showing multiple possibilities. One side is a natural blooming dreamscape, and the other is industrial steampunk. The exhibition shows the future is open to interpretation, based on the effects of the social challenges of the present. The World, Reflected In Your Eyes will be on view from May 25 - June 18, 2023, in the Project Room. 

2023-2023 Youth Curatorial Fellows:
Xiwen Mark, Alondra Salas, Diana Fedenko, Jeremiah Lewis, Kaitlyn Velasquez, Samuel Edwards, Erickson Hernandez, Brandon Ray Edwards, Shelby Maricheau “LACY”

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Concrete Stories: BRIC’s Youth Media Festival. Concrete Stories aims to promote conversations around the power and potential of young people by showcasing authentic, entertaining, and diverse works. The 2023 BRIC Youth Media Fellows worked diligently to organize the 10th Annual Concrete Stories: BRIC Youth Media Festival. The fellows reviewed film submissions and awarded winners in categories including directing, storytelling, cinematography, acting, editing, and viewer's choice. The festival features the winners’ films showing a collection of short films across documentaries, drama, experimental, and animation.

2023 Youth Media Fellows
Blake Poole, David Zuniga-Velasco, Elysia Hernandez, Emmet Palabasan, Ianna Banfield, Kailyn Perez, Kamora Hinds, Rina Hyseni Silver Saturn, Yaseem Ross-Townsend

Carmen Hernandez Director, Youth Education and Family Programs, said:
“On this day, the community comes together to celebrate the culmination of work by students in collaboration with their peers and teaching artists and school communities. What makes this day truly special, is the youth's occupation of BRIC House through art, a labor of expression. NYC youth have synergized this organization's re-opening with their presence, intention and voice. When BRIC Youth Fellows started meeting early last fall to produce Concrete Stories and The World, Reflected in Your Eyes, many of us were still finding our footing in the new normal, and the youth utilized this fragile moment to create. Our young people need and deserve a place to meet, exchange and plan for greatness. BRIC makes space for creators to make mistakes and accomplish more than they thought possible. This is the same growth-mindset we bring to classrooms and share with our students every day.  We are proud to nurture, host and exhibit their vision because it is perfectly theirs.” 

Gallery Hours
Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm
To stay up-to-date on show information RSVP here.

BRIC's Contemporary Arts & Youth and Family Programs benefit from generous private funding from the Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, TD Ready Commitment, and Tiger Baron Foundation. This project is supported, in part, by public funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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