Arts, Music, Community Engagement and Hip-Hop Culture At The Heart of Fall Initiatives & Events

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Kicked off Festivities During Hip-Hop 50 Weekend

BRIC JazzFest Returns October 19 – October 21
JazzFest Taps Melanie Charles As Guest Artist Curator


(New York, NY – August 16, 2023) – On the heels of their Hip-Hop 50 celebratory anniversary weekend, BRIC, the leading cultural organization dedicated to presenting innovative art and media programming to the Brooklyn community and beyond, is thrilled to announce its exciting lineup for the 2023 Fall Season.

During the biggest weekend in Hip-Hop culture, BRIC announced their plans to institutionalize Hip-Hop at BRIC House for years to come, kicking off with two days of thoughtful, dedicated programming at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! The celebration included sets from rappers Digable Planets, Kari Faux, WIKI and more; a ceremony hosted by hip-hop icon April Walker; an intimate fireside chat with BRIC Hip-Hop Scholar in residence Antoine Hardy and New York Times culture reporter, Joe Coscarelli, and other interactive opportunities. This was a sneak peek of the fall 2023 BRIC Hip-Hop programming that will encompass multiple aspects of Hip-Hop culture including visual art, fashion, education, film, advocacy, and more.

The upcoming season will have an array of enriching programming from captivating art exhibitions to thought-provoking town halls and the much-anticipated return of BRIC JazzFest. This season promises a dynamic array of events that celebrate art, culture, and community.

The fall season kicks off on Sunday, September 10 with the BRIC House Block Party & Family Day, a new event designed to bring families, artists, and the community together for a day of creativity, music, and fun in Downtown Brooklyn while commemorating the 10-Year Anniversary of BRIC House. This vibrant event offers something for everyone, from engaging workshops to live performances that showcase the diversity of talent within Brooklyn and beyond. RSVP here: bit.ly/3YC5y6D

Continuing the momentum, on October 5, BRIC presents the thought-provoking #BHeard Town Hall, titled “Dead Rappers Get Better Promotion?: The Health Crisis in Hip-Hop.” This crucial conversation will delve into the pressing issues surrounding the health and well-being of artists in the Hip-Hop industry, addressing important questions and shedding light on critical matters. RSVP here: bit.ly/47uH5V5

Visual art enthusiasts can look forward to BRIC’s Fall 2023 Contemporary Art Exhibitions Opening Reception on October 10, featuring the main gallery show titled B-side: (Broken) Memory and Remix. This exhibition – which highlights the work of Adama Delphine Fawundu, Camella Ehlke, David Ellis, and Raque Ford – explores the intersections of memory, creativity, and reinterpretation, offering visitors a unique perspective on the power of artistic expression. RSVP to the Opening Reception here: bit.ly/3YxgS49

Undoubtedly a highlight of the season, BRIC JazzFest returns from October 19 to October 21, bringing together an exceptional lineup of musicians and performers. This year, the festival is honored to have Melanie Charles as the Guest Artist Curator. The festival’s carefully curated lineup includes headliners Georgia Anne Muldrow and Terrace Martin, as well as Isaiah Collier, Amina Claudine Myers Trio, Melanie Charles / Orrin Evans Duo, B. Cool-Aid, BIGYUKI, Miki Yamanaka, and George Burton. BRIC JazzFest promises to be a celebration of the genre’s rich history and its vibrant future. Purchase tickets here: bit.ly/45ydmZH

October 27-28 marks BRIC Media Maker Weekend, an immersive event that empowers aspiring media creators through workshops and discussions with industry professionals. Additionally, the application period for the Youth Media & Curatorial Fellowship runs from August 14 to September 15, offering young creatives a unique opportunity to learn and grow within the world of media and curation. RSVP here: bit.ly/3qp2QoF

As part of their commitment to lifelong learning, BRIC is pleased to offer a range of free and low-cost Fall Adult Media Education classes from September to December, providing individuals with the chance to develop new skills and explore various facets of media production.

2023 marks a handful of legacy milestones for BRIC Art & Media, including ten years of BRIC House, based in Downtown Brooklyn; 35 years of their community-produced platform Brooklyn Free Speech; 45 years of the annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival; and the launch of BRIC Hip-Hop, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop. With a diverse and engaging lineup, the 2023 Fall Season programming is set to inspire, provoke thought, and foster a sense of community.

For more information and to stay updated on event details, please visit the BRIC website at www.bricartsmedia.org

Buy tickets for JazzFest: HERE

Apply for JazzFest Media Credentials HERE


BRIC JazzFest 2023

OCT. 19 Terrace Martin | Melanie Charles Orrin Evans Duo | Isaiah Collier

OCT. 20 Georgia Anne Muldrow | Big Yuki | George Burton

OCT. 21 Amina Claudine Myers Trio | B. Cool-Aid | Miki Yamanaka


For More Information Contact:

Wendy Washington
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Decota Letman
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Naya Samuel
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BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, BRIC has shaped Brooklyn’s cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for their community, BRIC ignites learning in people of all ages and centralizes diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC builds Brooklyn’s creative future.

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