Now Open! A House for the Arts in Brooklyn
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Since 1979, BRIC has provided a creative home for the arts and artists in Brooklyn.
We are now excited to begin an extraordinary new chapter in the story of BRIC—one which will bring our contemporary art, performing arts and community media programs under one roof for the first time.
In support of the vital role BRIC plays in the borough’s cultural landscape, The City of New York has invested in us to create BRIC House, a multidisciplinary arts and media center designed to support artists and engage the public. BRIC House serves as a true home for artists and audiences—a place where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of Brooklyn.
The project repurposed the former Strand Theater building in the heart of the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. Our neighbors include BAM Harvey and 651 Arts (next door), Mark Morris Dance Center (one block away), Theatre for a New Audience (across the street at the soon-to-open Polonsky Shakespeare Center), among many other cultural organizations that call the area home.
BRIC House features the following spaces:
- 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.
- A 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.
- A 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.
When BRIC House opened, something entirely new had been created in the borough of Brooklyn, and indeed in New York City.
We look forward to welcoming you to our House.
To learn more about our architect, visit: Leeser Architecture