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From Dance to Digital Images: Brooklyn's BRIC Arts and Media

By Elisha Neubauer

A staple in the Brooklyn arts scene, BRIC Arts and Media has been providing a home to both performers and visual artists for over thirty-five years. Beginning as a small non-profit organization in 1979, BRIC quickly became a force to be reckoned with.

Today, BRIC offers visual arts, performing arts, interdisciplinary arts, and community media in a multitude of venues: the BRIC house, parks, schools, and even public library branches.

"We create opportunities for artists through a range of programs," says Binta Vann-Joseph, Director of Marketing and Communications. "It is a welcoming and inspiring environment; open to the public much like a park or library." Recently voted Best Place in Brooklyn to be Creative by Airbnb, BRIC House is a home for artists, audiences, and media makers.

In 2013, BRIC opened a new space to the public; replacing their Rotunda Gallery with a 40,000 square foot powerhouse. The space is a multi-arts center that offers a home for all BRIC programs, such as a flexible performance space, an intimate Artist Studio, a contemporary art gallery with 18ft ceilings, a state of the art TV studio, amphitheater style seating, classroom space for adult media education classes and a café. The facility has hosted over 100,000 visitors within its walls since opening its doors, with guest rates expected to rise annually.

There is no limit to the type of programming made available by BRIC. For visual artists living and working in Brooklyn, The Artist Registry is an online, comprehensive resource. The Emerging Curator Program cultivates curatorial growth and talent through the use of an open call.

For those interested in pursuing art through the use of video, the BRIC Media Arts Fellowship grants the opportunity for training and use of equipment to Brooklyn artists. BRIClab and Fireworks are residency programs for performing artists to develop new or in-progress work, and the Media Education program provides adult Brooklyn residents free or low-cost courses in broadcasting.

"BRIC's mission is to provide exceptional cultural experiences to the artists, audiences and makers around the borough and beyond. Central to that mission is community involvement and engagement," explains Vann-Joseph. "The fact that audiences come out to support our events, and take in some of that culture, is a testament to how BRIC is received by the community. We have a roving roster for volunteers for events, very active BRIC members and a network of artists and makers who remain in the BRIC family long after their show or performance."

If you're interested in supporting the BRIC, there are many ways to do so. Donations help BRIC provide low-cost or free programming. Becoming a member not only helps BRIC, but allows a two-way relationship which comes with some great perks. And of course, you can also participate in BRIC programs! Take a class, attend an exhibition, or see a show- and be a part of the Brooklyn arts scene.

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