BRIC Announces 35th Annual Showcase of Artwork from Public School Students Across Brooklyn, Celebrates with Youth Takeover



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BRIC Announces 35th Annual Showcase of Artwork from Public School Students Across Brooklyn, Celebrates with Youth Takeover

“BRIC Youth Takeover” on May 30 will feature panels and a film festival by BRIC’s Youth Media & Curatorial Fellows, and will mark the opening of Emerging Creators, BRIC’s youth art exhibition featuring work by students from BRIC’s 50 partner schools and beyond (on view until July 28)

(BROOKLYN, NY – May, 29, 2024) – BRIC, a leading arts and media institution, is pleased to announce Emerging Creators,its 35th annual Contemporary Art Student Exhibition; THIS I BELIEVE, an art exhibition curated by BRIC’s Youth Curatorial Fellows; and 11th Annual Concrete Stories: BRIC Youth Media Festival, a youth media festival produced by BRIC’s Youth Media Fellows. BRIC Youth Takeover – an event that will mark the opening of the exhibitions featuring a live film festival, reception, and panels – will take place on Thu, May 30, 2024, from 5-8pm at BRIC House. The exhibitions will be on view through July 28, 2024. RSVP HERE


The 35th edition of BRIC’s yearly student exhibition celebrates the work of young artists and media makers from BRIC’s Youth Education Residency Programs in public schools and community centers across Brooklyn and beyond. BRIC partners its Teaching Artists with more than 40 schools and 12 community-based organizations every year, located across 23 Brooklyn neighborhoods, to deliver quality arts education. Emerging Creators showcases a selection of works created by over 3,200 young artists across a variety of media, including: mixed media, painting, sculpture, printmaking, sewing, creative writing, photography, podcasting, animation, and filmmaking.The exhibition will be on view from May 30 – July 28, 2024, in BRIC House’s Main Gallery. 


THIS I BELIEVE is planned, curated, and promoted entirely by teens for teens as part of the BRIC Youth Curatorial Fellowship Program. Over the course of the program, fellows determine the theme of the exhibition, solicit submissions, conduct program outreach, select participating artists, and install the show. THIS I BELIEVE explores the question “What do YOU believe in, throughout all the stages of your life?” and the need to take action based on our beliefs. The exhibition will be on view from May 30 – July 28, 2024, in BRIC House’s Main Gallery. 

2023/24 BRIC Youth Curatorial Fellows: Gaia Wolski, Jaylen Johnson, Khalid Collier, Mariama Pimentel, Marlin Xie, Mei Chau, Renee Siu, Sharnali Das, Shubhechchha Khadka, Subhah Hoque, Tandi Caldwell


11th Annual Concrete Stories: BRIC Youth Media Festival is a film festival for teens, organized by BRIC’s Youth Media Fellows and sponsored by National Grid. The fellows gain skills and professional insight into the planning, curation, and promotion of a media festival. Concrete Stories aims to promote conversations around the power and potential of young people by showcasing authentic, entertaining, and diverse works. 

At BRIC Youth Takeover on May 30, the live film festival will take place, featuring a screening of selected short films, documentaries, drama, experimental, and animation shorts in various categories. Thanks to our sponsor, National Grid, monetary prizes will be awarded in each category and student films will remain on view in BRIC House’s Project Room fromMay 30 – July 28, 2024

2023/24 BRIC Youth Media Fellows: Ali Sayma, Anika Hossain Ashur Sattiewhite, Azizabonu Mardonova, Devi Bedford, Jared Aguilar, Min Zeng, Prince Diedrick, Savion Rankin

Featured Filmmakers: Ashur Sattiewhite, Claudio Cofré, Colin Schmidt, Hoshi Casero, Iman Alexander, Jackson Milott, Jaxon Bartok, Lisa Dodell, Maxx Omole-Nelson, Rahm Kosman, Savion Rankin, Tanvir Kaur, Wesley Chessa-Forman, William Trevino, Zuzu Hill

Carmen Hernandez, Senior Director, Community Impact at BRIC, said: 

“From the 10-foot-long mural produced by students at Brownsville Academy under the guidance of BRIC Teaching Artist Eric Miles, to panels suspended from the ceiling showcasing the work of our youngest creators, to an interactive Adirondack chair installation by fashion designer Camella Elhke, Emerging Creators pushes the norms and will delight visitors with a surprise at every corner. We’re also so excited to feature the work of our brilliant teen fellows with a special exhibition in our Gallery curated by the Youth Curatorial Fellows and an installation in our Project Room featuring the films selected by our Youth Media Fellows for their festival, Concrete Stories. We’re grateful to National Grid for making this possible. We want our budding artists to dream big and to execute with confidence, and these exhibitions are a homage to the potential of our youth.”

Aubrey Kellman, Community and Customer Manager for Brooklyn, National Grid, said: 

“National Grid is proud to support the work of the Youth Fellows and the 11th Annual Concrete Stories Youth Film Festival. At National Grid, we are committed to providing more opportunities for young people to succeed in STEM careers and recognize media training as an important skill to help them become competitive in today’s job market. Congratulations to this year’s Fellows and all the winners for their incredible work!” 

Gallery Hours

Wed-Sun, 11am-6pm

To stay up-to-date on show information, RSVP below: 


BRIC’s Youth and Family Programming benefits from generous private funding from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Con Edison, The Hearst Foundations, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, Robert Lehman Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, National Grid, and the Tiger Baron Foundation.

Public support for BRIC’s Youth Programming is provided, in part, by the National Endowment for The Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne Adams with special thanks to Council Members Crystal Hudson, Chris Banks, Justin Brannan, Shahana Hanif, Rita Joseph, Farah Louis, Darlene Mealy, Mercedes Narcisse, Sandy Nurse, Chi Osse and Lincoln Restler.


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.


National Grid (NYSE: NGG) is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people through our networks in New York and Massachusetts. National Grid is focused on building a smarter, stronger, cleaner energy future — transforming our networks with more reliable and resilient energy solutions to meet state climate goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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