Brooklynite Wes Jackson described as a thinker and doer, was named the new president of the Bridging Resources in Communities Inc. (BRIC) organization, effective July 18, 2022.
According to a release, Jackson, who BRIC was inspired to appoint because of his approach to leadership, entrepreneurism, art and culture, public service, creativity, relentlessness, academia, integrity, and curiosity, will an extension of his life’s work to the new appointment.
An alumnus of BRIC’s programming, Jackson, who loves Brooklyn, embodies the spirit of what makes BRIC – and Brooklyn – such a dynamic place to live, work, and create. Most recently, Jackson served as director of the Business of Creative Enterprises Program at Emerson College, where he led young people in building and refining their skills and career paths in creative fields.
Jackson also founded and led the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, an annual event that ran for 15 years with the mission of creating a world class event to honor Hip-Hop music and culture and the borough of Brooklyn.
The festival hosted a range of talent and speakers, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, NYS Attorney General Letitia James, Deray McKesson, Kendrick Lamar, Fab 5 Freddy, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Q-Tip, and many others.
“As we conducted our nationwide search for the next leader of BRIC, we found ourselves continuously impressed by his passion for shaping and providing pathways to success for creative individuals from all walks of life, which speaks to the core of BRIC’s work. We’re looking forward to him incorporating those values into his work at our institution.”
(BRIC), a leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn and one of the largest in New York City, that presents and incubates work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds the organization says, as it enters into the annual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! season, “we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring Jackson on board for BRIC’s next chapter.”
“Please join me in welcoming him back into our community as we continue Building Brooklyn’s Creative Future,” Michael K. Liburd, BRIC board chair said in a statement.