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BRIC Expands Opportunities for Artists With Disabilities in Residency Program

Applications are open for BRIC’s multidisciplinary residency program, and the organization is encouraging artists with disabilities to apply
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Photo: Thomas Leeser/ Courtesy of BRIC

BRIC has opened applications for its 2022-2023 BRIClab Residency program, designed for artists wanting to develop their practices in contemporary art, film and TV, performing arts and video art — and it is encouraging local artists with a disability to apply.

The Brooklyn arts and media institution said in a statement that it was committed to expanding opportunities for disabled artists, adding that it would work with all selected artists to support an accessible and accommodating BRIClab residency.

The residency program was created to offer emerging and mid-career New York City-based artists essential resources, financial support, mentorship, skills-based learning opportunities and a chance to share their work with their peers and the public, BRIC says.

The goal is to build a stronger and more diverse artistic community in Brooklyn by fostering relationships, supporting long term growth and creating a pipeline of engagement with BRIC, the organization said.

“The program provides support for artists to freely and diligently explore the possibilities of their practices. Each of the four creative tracks offers a unique set of resources tailored to meet the distinct needs of varied artistic practices.”

Each selected artist will receive a stipend of $2,500.

The video art residency supports six artists with free courses, equipment and 80 hours of access to BRIC’s community media studios and editing suites. Artists will also be paired with a mentor and receive access to consultations with BRIC curatorial staff and previous residents.

Over the course of a year, residents work individually or collaborate on projects, culminating in a public screening of their work.

The film and TV residency will take three emerging to mid-career documentary filmmakers working on short form, episodic or feature length non-fiction films. The residents receive access to courses, production studios, post-production resources, networking events and professional development opportunities.

They will also be given opportunities to collaborate and engage in group critiques with an assigned mentor and cohort of peers. The program will close with a public presentation of projects developed during the residency period.

The contemporary art residency supports five emerging to mid-career artists pursuing innovative projects with a year-long rent-free studio space at 20 Jay Street, feedback via studio visits and mentorship, and resources to enable them to develop their visions. An Open Studio event will take place during the residency period to share works in progress with the public.  

The 12-day performing arts residency is for artists working in music, dance, theater and multidisciplinary performance who want to make new work that is relevant to diverse Brooklyn audiences. Free and open exploration and intentional commitment to process are at the heart of the program, in which artists receive resources, studio space, and support including opportunities for artistic mentoring and work-in-process performances.

Applications for all residency programs must be submitted by March 10, 2022. An information session will be held over Zoom on February 15, at 7:00pm. The information session will include live captioning and ASL interpretation.

The new residents will be announced in May 2022.


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