University Settlement in partnership with BRIC is pleased to announce the third cycle of the Brooklyn-based Intergenerational Community Arts Council (ICAC), a multigenerational team of residents developing joyous, values-driven arts programming by, for, and with members of the Ingersoll, Whitman, Farragut and Atlantic Terminal NYCHA houses and surrounding Brooklyn neighborhoods. This cycle running from February 2022 – June 2023 kicks off with an impressive cohort of 17 members, 9 of whom are new to the program this cycle.
The members of the ICAC Cycle III are: Melissa Apedo, Zolanlly Brunson, Andrew Ceneus, Denise Evans, Alyssa Forte, Chastity Fryer, DaQuan Herring, Mutale Kanyanta, Nicole Norton-Evans, Squala Orphan, Brandon Payne, Julius Richards, Tanja Richardson, Desiree Rucker, Shawna Ryals, Celeste Staton, Ketriana Yvonne.
This cycle’s focus will be on improving the health and wellness of the community through the arts, a theme determined by the members in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The cycle will kick off with a public event in June, providing an opportunity for community members of all ages to gather and celebrate together. More information on the event is forthcoming.
Since 2018, ICAC has gathered monthly to support leadership development, creative project planning, and local community engagement through the arts. In addition to professional development workshops and opportunities, members receive monthly stipends to compensate for their time and expertise. Meetings are comprised of creative exercises, program planning and production, and a shared meal provided by a local, independent restaurant. Each cycle, the members elect an Artist-in-Residence to join and lead a project of their choosing. ICAC will have an open call to select their next Artist-in-Residence this summer. Past projects have included hosting arts-based events at Ingersoll Community Center, producing the WE ARE BROOKLYN Community Block Party in Fort Greene, creating a community-sourced resource booklet titled “Resources for Joy,” and engaging in community mutual aid work during the pandemic.
“I grew up in Fort Greene and wanted to be involved with the community either as a mentor or tutor for quite some time. As a creator, I liken my experience with the ICAC to being booked to tour with an amazing ensemble where I improved by playing (creating), but learned more by watching others (play) create. We were each proficient, but at the start we were just playing our parts, at the end we were truly harmonious. I think my time with ICAC has made me a better person, a more instinctive creator and prouder than ever before of Fort Greene.” – Desiree Rucker, ICAC Member
“The ICAC is really helping me become more comfortable in my talents. They have a very subtle way of getting you out of your own way in order to be able to tell your truth. I am not only gaining confidence in myself and my own stories, but learning how to direct and guide others. It’s so refreshing to be a curator and artist and have a place where I can softly grow.” – Chasity Fryer, ICAC Member
ICAC is supported by local organizations BRIC and The Performance Project @ University Settlement, in partnership with Ingersoll Cornerstone Community Center. BRIC and University Settlement provide production support, stipends, and other resources that enable the ICAC to bring their creative, community-driven ideas to life.