A Message from BRIC President Wes Jackson

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Right now the world needs arts and culture more than ever, and we need your support to keep programs like ours going strong. As we navigate humanitarian crises in our own backyard and abroad, and the City faces unprecedented budget shortfalls, your support helps artists, media makers, and people like you tell their stories and offer hope for the future.

Arts and Culture are a powerful tool for our communities in times like these. Art can bring people together across lines of difference, help people better understand their own experiences and surface connections between past, present, and future. Culture can transmit concepts of racial and social justice that words alone may not fully capture, and can ensure that all of us understand the perspectives and experiences of our neighbors – even those who we may not often interact with.

BRIC has a rich history of doing just this. My commitment as President is to continue this legacy and ensure all people have the opportunity to tell their own stories, whether that be through music, film, theater, dance, or the visual arts. No matter what challenges our sector is facing, BRIC is committed to continuing our community-based work and being a leader in the Brooklyn arts and culture community in 2024 and beyond.

BRIC relies on a mixture of City, State, and Federal funding, as well as support from private sources and individuals like you to keep our programs running and accessible to all New Yorkers. The City recently announced reductions in funding across almost every agency that is likely to last for years to come. Your support now ensures we can continue our work with little disruption.

Right now, thanks to longtime friends of BRIC, Jennifer & Steven Eisenstadt, all donations up to $10,000 will be matched, doubling your impact.

Over the past few weeks, you’ve heard from a number of artists and creators who have been directly shaped by BRIC’s work over the last several decades. Whether you have experienced the astounding impact of BRIC’s work at the bandshell, at BRIC House, in one of our artist studios, or watching your story come to life on screen, I hope you will consider making a donation now during this match, doubling your support of artists and creators in Brooklyn.

Wishing you a very happy new year and looking forward to seeing you at BRIC in 2024!


Wes Jackson


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