Kristina Newman-Scott has been named president of BRIC ahead of the Brooklyn-based arts organization’s 40th anniversary, which is coming up in September. Newman-Scott, a painter, curator, and arts administrator from Jamaica, was previously the director of culture and state historic preservation officer for Connecticut, the first immigrant and the first woman of color in that post.
As president of BRIC, Newman-Scott will oversee the art and media enterprise’s numerous programs. Institutions like BRIC House, a multi-purpose space for performance, exhibition and broadcasting; the annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival; and local news outlet BRIC TV illustrate the organization’s penchant for “using the arts as a catalyst to create vibrant, connected and strong communities,” Newman-Scott said in a statement.
Hilary Ackermann, the chair of BRIC’s board of directors, said in a statement that Newman-Scott “has found innovative ways to support artists, cultural practitioners, media-makers, and creative entrepreneurs throughout her singular career. As a creative leader, she has the experience and vision to build on our success and help chart our path to the future.”