Thursday, January 09, 2014


You might know BRIC as the force behind the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival held in Prospect Park.  They've been running that show since 1979, but they've also acted as a creative home for Brooklyn's arts and artists.

BRIC is about three main things - contemporary art, performing arts, and community media.  Up until recently, these three divisions have been housed in 3 separate places.  But now, happily, each component lives under one big roof called BRIC House.

Located at 647 Fulton Street  (at Rockwell Place), BRIC House sits amongst other great art organizations and instituations like BAM Harvey and 651 Arts, Mark Morris Dance Center, and Theatre for a New Audience.
Here is a description of BRIC's spaces, taken directly from their website:

  • A flexible Performance Space (240 seated to 400 standing capacity), known as the BRIC House Ballroom, equipped with a sprung floor for dance and flexible seating to accommodate a wide variety of configurations and performance styles. An entirely new professional resource for the performing arts in Brooklyn, the Ballroom also features dressing rooms, a green room for artists and state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment –supporting high-quality production values.
  • An intimate, flexible Artist Studio dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists, with an audience capacity of 75 for rehearsals and performances in workshop settings. This space can also transform into a workspace for visual artists.
  • 3,000-square-foot Gallery with dramatic 18-foot ceilings permits major exhibitions focused on emerging and mid-career artists and curators. A Project Room adjacent to the gallery will be an added resource for video work, BRIC’s emerging curator program, small-scale exhibitions and experimental curatorial projects.
  • state-of-the-art public access television center includes a new glass-walled studio and control room on the ground floor of the facility (fully visible to the public), as well as fully renovated and upgraded studios, editing suites, public equipment and media training lab on the second floor.
  • The Stoop, an all-new public cultural gathering space, featuring free, drop-in programming for all ages.
  • A café from Hungry Ghost, a Brooklyn-based coffee bar and café.
  • Classroom space to expand BRIC’s media education program.
  • All programming spaces, as well as the lobby, are to be fully wired to the master control room to support live cablecasts of select events to over 500,000 Brooklyn households and beyond on the web.
  • BRIC House is open every day. Free admission to the facility. 
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