The Center for International Art in Community (CIAC) is a pilot artist residency and community center in Central Brooklyn. Located at the Magnolia Tree Earth Center, it partners with its gallery to introduce the local community to international artists in residence. CIAC provides artists, activists, and citizen journalists with residential and/or studio space for two to four-month periods; creates interaction with community youth through our Syndicate 19 program; and organizes programs with city-wide outlets that enable both artists and youth to promote their work and discuss their experiences, fostering awareness of human rights issues in the community.
Resident selection is based on the urgency of individuals’ situations (need of temporary safe haven); achieving a diverse professional range (discipline/media); potential to contribute to a collaborative project; and achieving a diverse age, gender and regional make-up.
The Center for International Art in Community (CIAC) is located in the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Community Board 3, Central Brooklyn in New York City. Bedford-Stuyvesant is an international community with the combined assets of its diverse make-up. As with other urban communities around the world, the national and ethnic plurality of Bed-Stuy (and much of Central Brooklyn) can be attributed to the global economy. Whereas social exclusion, economic marginalization, and environmental injustice are reasons for migration (or immigration) these conditions often persist in the redefined areas that accommodate new citizens. This is compounded by a lack of local programs that engage with diaspora networks and social capital, transnational political affiliations, and hybrid aesthetics that characterize membership in one community as well as movement to another. CIAC seeks to fill this void and draws inspiration from its partner centers throughout the freeDimensional network.