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New BRIC Arts Space Has Gallery, Theater, TV Studio and More in Ft. Greene

By Janet Upadhye | August 30, 2013 9:38am
 BRIC Arts is set to open their new 40,000-square-foot space at the old Strand Theatre in Fort Greene on October 3, 2013.
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FORT GREENE — BRIC Arts, one of Brooklyn oldests arts and media organizations, has new digs.

Their newly renovated complex — located at the renovated Strand Theatre — features an art gallery, a 400-seat theater, a glass television studio, an artist work/performance space, and a new café and media broadcasting center in the middle of Fort Greene's growing "cultural district."

“The renovation of the historic Strand Theatre creates wonderful new spaces for two of Brooklyn’s most unique cultural organizations," Kate Levin, the city's cultural affairs commisioner, said in a statement. "BRIC’s remarkable multi-disciplinary art and media programs and UrbanGlass’ unparalleled glass working facilities and exhibitions provide an extraordinary range of cultural services to artists and audiences from Brooklyn and beyond."

Urban Glass is also set to move into their own storefront on the ground floor of the state-of-the-art facility.

Dozens of programs will make a new home at the new location including: the Firework Residency that helps artists create large-scale art projects; The Stoop Series that hosts poetry readings and film screenings; a dance residency program; and, the popular broadcast series, Brooklyn Free Speech TV.

And in celebration of the two-year, $35 million facelift, BRIC Arts will host three days of free programs for the community.

The group that founded Celebrate Brooklyn! is planning a gallery exhibition and open house with a free "community meal," concerts by Burning Spear, The Revive Big Band, and Natural Expressions Rhythm Band, and a block party with food trucks, music and food, and more beginning on Oct. 3 when the new facilty's doors open.

For more informtaion and a schedule of opening day events visit BRIC Arts website. Their new space is located at 647 Fulton St.