Curated by BRIC’s Youth Education department
Re: generation | 33rd Annual 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.
September 2021 marked the return to full-time, in-person learning for New York City public schools. School communities were forever changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Educators needed to work tirelessly to address the difficult and complex issues that faced their students and to recreate a sense of safety, agency, and connection for both their students and their communities. As teachers and students strove to reestablish respectful and accepting learning environments, BRIC’s creative and expressive arts programs supported their community re-building.
Through BRIC’s school-based residency program, the classroom became a studio where students expressed themselves, felt seen, and thrived. Guided by a remarkable group of BRIC Teaching Artists, students learned to use art as an outlet for expression and healing. These artists experimented in a wide range of media, including mosaic, mixed media, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, podcasting, animation, and filmmaking, to produce artworks that explored the issues and events shaping their world—COVID-19, mental health, environment, social justice, LGBTQI+, and community.
The works in this exhibition were created by young artists spurred by a force to express themselves and collaborate with their peers. In these uncertain and challenging times, this new generation of artists is embracing the complexities and possibilities for an extraordinary future. Their projects embody the creative courage, thoughtfulness, and resiliency of the youth.