BRIC House Set to Open Next Month

For more than 35 years, BRIC has been providing Brooklyn with access to some of the best music and art in the country. BRIC’s services include community access television for the entire borough, contemporary art exhibitions, and throwing the free concert series Celebrate Brooklyn every year since 1979. This October, the company is expanding with the opening of BRIC House, a 40,000-square-foot space located in the former Strand Theatre. The $35-million renovation will include a state-of-the-art public access television center, a flexible artist studio for local artists developing new work, and a café, as well as the new home of UrbanGlass.

“The new facility has a number of different features in it that BRIC did not have in our old space. Among those are an expanded gallery space that will allow for large-scale exhibitions, mostly those with a focus on Brooklyn-based artists and curators,” said Colleen Ross, Director of Marketing and Communications at BRIC. “Another is a performance space that we’re calling the BRIC House Ballroom. We’re really looking to host everything from dance performances to house parties with DJs to more traditional theater events.”

Before obtaining the space for BRIC House, the organization had hosted various programs in different locations around the borough. BRIC House will allow easy access to everything the company has to offer.

“The space allows us more flexible and adaptable workspaces that we’ll be able to provide to the artists of Brooklyn,” said Ross. “The scale of the work we can present is so much greater.”

To celebrate the opening of BRIC House on October 3rd, the group is hosting three days of free programing open to anyone and everyone in the community. A gallery show entitled Housewarming: Notions of Home from the Center of the Universe will feature work from Brooklyn-based artists Margaret Boyer, Nathan Wasserbauer, Esperanza Mayobre, and many more. Other events going on over the three days include live television show tapings of Brooklyn Independent Media; a performance by reggae artist Burning Spear; and an installation by Julian Crouch, Mark Steward, and Ragnar Freidank called Armchair Parade. BRIC will also host a free open house and block party on Saturday, October 5th from 2pm-10pm.

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