BRIC Celebrates a Milestone Anniversary With a Packed Season of New Programming

Urban Bush Women, BRIC Artists in Residence. Photo by Hayim Heron via BRIC

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    It’s been 40 years since BRIC was first conceived as a way to bring together arts and economic revitalization and the organization is marking their four decades of making an impact in Brooklyn with a full slate of new offerings.

    Founded in 1979, the organization has become the borough’s largest supplier of free cultural programming and their 2018-2019 calendar continues their traditional vibrant mix of events with performances, community conversations and classes during the season.

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    Photo via BRIC

    The full slate of programs was recently released and includes popular annual events like the BRIC JazzFest from October 13-20 and BRIC OPEN from April 24-27, 2019. Also announced was upcoming work from emerging artists and special anniversary events like a family-friendly birthday house party on September 15.

    BRIC also commissioned new works to mark their milestone. Brooklyn-based artist Mary Mattingly’s “What Happens After,” an examination of the military industrial complex, will be on view at the BRIC House Gallery from September 13 through November 11. You can also hear the premiere of a new piece from trumpeter and vocalist Keyon Harrold at the BRIC Jazzfest in October.

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    See the film “Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different” at the BRIC JazzFest. Photo via BRIC

    The artist in residence for the anniversary season is Urban Bush Women, a Brooklyn dance company that melds contemporary dance and music with the traditions of the African Diaspora. The group will be offering workshops and free community classes, as well as premiering “Hair & Other Stories,” their newest work, in January 2019.

    For the full calendar of events, visit BRIC’s website here.

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