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BRIC’s television channel, Brooklyn Independent Media, is hosting a town hall on gentrification tomorrow evening and inviting experts, politicians, activists and urban planners to weigh in on how rapid economic development is transforming Brooklyn. “Where do market forces and policy need to meet so that we can preserve the integrity of our diverse borough?” asks the event description.

Speakers include New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer; Brooklyn College Sociology Professor Sharon Zukin; City Council Member Robert Cornegy (36th District); Ron Shiffman, urban planner and founder of the Pratt Center for Community Development; Jherelle Ben, an organizer for the Flatbush Tenant Coalition; and Juan Ramos, chair of the Broadway Triangle Coalition.

The free event will take place tomorrow from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the BRIC House Ballroom at 647 Fulton Street, and you can register to attend through Eventbrite. It will also be broadcast live here

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BRIC Community Media staff record visitors as they celebrate the opening of BRIC House in October 2013

This post is sponsored by BRIC.

BRIC is a non-profit arts and media cultural organization. BRIC’s brand-new 40,000-sq-ft cultural complex opened October 3, 2013.

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BRIC House, Brooklyn’s new cultural town square, opened just over a month ago in the former Mark Strand Theater located at 647 Fulton Street, and inside it’s already buzzing with creative energy. In addition to offering visual arts exhibitions and performances, BRIC offers a range of community media classes to Brooklyn residents. Media classes are also being taught by BRIC at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central, New Lots and Kings Highway branches. With 3rd Ward’s abrupt closure, the course offerings at BRIC become that much more unique and, thanks to substantial funding from the City, they won’t be going anywhere any time soon.

Today we’re taking you inside the Community Media Center at BRIC House with Video Production in the Field instructor Dontré Conerly.

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The historic Strand Theater at 647 Fulton in Fort Greene will re-open tomorrow as the BRIC Arts/Media House, a 40,000-square-foot multi-disciplinary arts and media center. Architect Thomas Leeser, who also designed the expansion of the Museum of the Moving Image in Long Island City, supervised the $35,000,000 renovation of the 94-year-old theater. The new space includes a 3,000-square foot contemporary art gallery, a flexible performance space that can accommodate 240 to 400 people, a glass-walled television studio visible from the lobby, an artist work studio, a public lobby with a café and a state-of-the-art TV broadcasting center. The lobby cafe is an outpost of Park Slope’s Hungry Ghost, and the lobby opens onto a series of cement steps furnished with cushions called The Stoop, which will feature free programming for all ages. And Urban Glass, an organization dedicated to giving artists access to glass-making facilities, has a 17,000-square-foot glass-making studio inside the BRIC House. Strand Theater was originally built in 1919 and has gone through various incarnations as a bowling alley, movie theater and a print shop.

Click through to see more pictures of the ultra-modern interior and the new art exhibitions inside!

Building of the Day: 647 Fulton Street [Brownstoner]
Progress on BRIC Arts Center Near BAM [Brownstoner]
Transformation of the Strand Theatre Coming Soon [Brownstoner]
Photos two, five, six, eight, 11, 12 and 13 by Jenna Salvagin for BRIC