Jordana and I were recently interviewed by Brooklyn Independent Media about BRIC, Brooklyn's beloved non-profit arts organization. For 35 years, BRIC's been driving and reflecting the cultural diversity and creativity of our favorite borough, led by its brilliant visionary, Leslie Schultz. From live music and performing arts (the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Festival and BRIClab), to contemporary art exhibitions and programs, to community media programs (Brooklyn Free Speech TV, Brooklyn Independent Media, and Brooklyn Bulletin Board), it's a Brooklyn gem. Here's what we had to say about this special place: 2014 BRIC Gala - Ross Martin & Jordana Martin from Brooklyn Independent Media on Vimeo.
The Textile Arts Center's Artists In Residence Program is a project my wife, Jordana Munk Martin, started a few years ago at Oak Knit Studio, her Brooklyn-based art space. It's a one-of-a-kind program that incubates emerging textile artists from around the world, showcases their work, and activates local and national communities around DIY creative projects. There are so many ways this project affects our local Brooklyn community -- and beyond. In a world less and less real, the residency program makes art you can touch, you can feel, you can learn from, you will be inspired by. Often, you can wear it, too. This video shows you what I mean... Like you, I get asked to donate time, energy and money almost daily. I try to give what I can, but I myself practically never ask anyone to give anything. Except once in a blue moon. Cue the blue moon: I'm asking you to check this out and consider a donation. In any amount. Why support local arts projects like this one? Because without them life would suck so much.