BRIC to launch ‘Raised By Brooklyn’ campaign with party and gala this summer

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BRIC will launch their new “Raised By Brooklyn” campaign with a party and gala on June 12.
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BRIC is preparing to throw a party and gala — complete with some honored guests and special performances — to launch its new “Raised By Brooklyn” campaign this summer. 

The June 12 BRIC House Party and Gala will celebrate BRIC and the borough of Brooklyn — and will honor special guest D-Nice, who will take the stage for a DJ set at the end of the night. The rapper last performed with BRIC in 2021, when he put on his “Club Quarantine” set at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! 

“It is truly an honor to be a 2024 ‘Raised by Brooklyn’ honoree,” D-Nice said in a statement. “As I reflect upon my time in this remarkable borough, I am filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude and pride. For ten wonderful years, Brooklyn was not just a place I called home, but a place that shaped me, nurtured me, and instilled in me a profound sense of community.”

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BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of the organization’s best-known events. File photo courtesy of BRIC

The event will also honor BRIC board member and producer Toni Williams and the company In The Raw — best known for producing Sugar In The Raw — for its longtime support of arts and culture organizations in the city. 

In a statement, Williams said her time at BRIC — as a board member, donor, and Community Producer — has been “truly rewarding.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized by this organization that remains a vital nexus of art and culture,” she said. “BRIC’s commitment to artists like myself is a testament to their lasting impact. Their support is living proof that artistic visions can flourish here in Brooklyn.”

For nearly 50 years, BRIC has supported local arts and media in Brooklyn. Its first and perhaps most famous event was the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival in Prospect Park, a summer staple that still draws thousands of attendees each year. The organization also produces local public access television and a nonprofit community TV channel called BRIC TV, hosts an annual JazzFest, and offers classes in writing, production, podcasting, and more. 

The gala is just the start of the “Raised By Brooklyn” campaign — the theme will shape BRIC’s programming for the next year, including the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival. “Raised By Brooklyn” is meant to celebrate BRIC, Brooklyn and the community. 

“This gala celebrates the transformative power of our programs and their impact on Brooklyn,” said BRIC President Wes Jackson, in a statement. “‘Raised By Brooklyn’ is a universal story that inspires us to live up to our borough’s legacy of inclusivity and empowerment. We look forward to unveiling a year of programming that celebrates all things Brooklyn!”

Tickets for the BRIC House Party and Gala are available on BRIC’s website.