Downtown Brooklyn getting 40,000-square-foot art space in October

The complex is run by nonprofit arts group BRIC, and will premiere with three days of free programming.

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A rendering of the upcoming BRIC House

A rendering of the upcoming BRIC House Courtesy of BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn credited to Leeser Architecture, 2009


Artists in Downtown Brooklyn will have a new place to play soon, now that a massive multidisciplinary arts and media complex is headed for the neighborhood this fall. The complex has been spearheaded by local art nonprofit BRIC promises to host a slew of contemporary art, performing arts and community media programs once it opens to the public on October 3, and to celebrate, they're offering three full days of free programming.

The 40,000-square-foot BRIC House will take up space in the former Strand Theatre at 647 Fulton Street, and will feature a contemporary art gallery, a performance space, a glass-walled television studio, a work and performance studio, and a café. Planned events include a monthly House Parties dance-party series, a drop-in free lecture and storytelling Stoop series, and several artist residency programs.

To kick things off, BRIC is offering gallery shows, musical performances and a big block/house party complete with music and food trucks; all events are gratisfrom October 3 through 5, and highlights include Artist Parade, a multimedia installation by Addams Family set designer Julian Crouch, Bang on a Can musician Mark Stewart and filmmaker Ragnar Freidank, plus a concert by local pan-Caribbean collective Natural Expression Rhythm Band.


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