Cause for celebration! Bric welcomes new president at 40th anniversary gala

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Creative crowd: Art lovers partied at Bric’s gala earlier this month, celebrating the group’s 40th anniversary and welcoming its new president, Kristina Newman-Scott.
Music to my ears: Celebrated musician Meshell Ndegeocello performed for the gala attendees at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The in crowd: Kristina Newman-Scott (center right) is Bric’s newest president. She previously served as the Director of Culture for the State of Connecticut.
Running the show: Brian Vines, of Bric TV, hosted the gala event in Brooklyn Navy Yard.
In the lead: Kristina Newman-Scott speaks during the gala’s program. She is the first woman of color to head Bric.

They gave her a glitzy welcome!

More than 600 guests flocked to Bric’s annual gala to celebrate the arts organization’s 40th anniversary, and the arrival of its new president, Kristina Newman-Scott, . The colorful gathering of the borough’s creative class, on Nov. 8 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, was a chance for Brooklyn’s diverse arts scene to meet the group’s new leader, who took over in September, said one organizer.

“As we celebrate Bric’s 40th anniversary, we are also thrilled and honored to welcome Kristina to Brooklyn. Her incredible energy and creativity will propel Bric to continue to advance its mission and commitment to our community,” said Hilary Ackermann, the chairwoman of Bric’s board.

The gala’s guest of honor, Newman-Scott, was formerly the Director of Culture for the State of Connecticut, and is the first immigrant and the first woman of color to lead the downtown arts group.

The evening, hosted by Brian Vines, of the BRIC TV show “Going in with Brian Vines,” featured several dazzling performances, in a music show from acclaimed bassist Meshell Ndegeocello and a dance performance organized by Michael Roberson, of the ballroom group House Lives Matter.

The fête also included a cocktail reception, seated dinner, and a live contemporary art auction, followed by a groovy dance party featuring music from famed DJ April Hunt. The gala raised more than $400,000, according to a press rep.

Updated 4:55 pm, November 19, 2018
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