Together and Apart
32nd Annual Contemporary Art Education Exhibition
On Monday, March 16, 2020, our city’s 1.1 million school children returned home to continue their education safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, BRIC’s residency programs have operated largely in virtual spaces where we could come together despite physically being apart. These spaces have allowed us to feel connected, process our experiences, gain skills, and find moments of joy. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted nearly all aspects of life, but we all had to find ways of continuing to move forward. The pandemic also has revealed our profound interconnectedness and the incredible strength that is possible when we are truly able to see humanity in one another.
The works included in this exhibition were created by young artists under extraordinary circumstances and during an unprecedented time. They are a testimony to the creativity, resourcefulness, and resiliency of this generation. Especially in times like these, the arts and media remain powerful tools for self-expression, discovery, and connection.
For over three decades, BRIC has been a pioneer in providing exceptional art education to public school students throughout Brooklyn. BRIC’s Youth Education program is distinguished by the involvement of professional artists and media makers, who bring their individual professional practices into the classroom via in-school residencies that introduce new ways of learning through a project-based approach. Programs are tailored to the needs of each individual classroom and aligned to local and state educational standards. For more information, please email [email protected].
BRIC’s contemporary art and education programs benefit from generous private funding from Brooklyn Community Foundation, Con Edison, Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, Genesis Inspiration Foundation, Exploring the Arts, JP Morgan Chase, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Scherman Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, TD Bank, and TD Charitable Foundation, as well as numerous individual supporters. Public support is provided by New York City Councilmembers Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Inez Barron, Justin Brannan, Robert Cornegy, Darma Diaz, Brad Lander, Alan Maisel, and Mark Treyger.