Saturday, July 11, 2020

Arts Leader Kristina Newman-Scott Builds Community through Collecting

By Alina Cohen
Portrait of Kristina Newman-Scott by Vikram Valluir. Courtesy of BFA Photos.
Over the past 20 years, Kristina Newman-Scott has championed diversity and social justice in the arts. As a curator, director of culture for the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and now president of BRIC in Brooklyn, she’s long been committed to equity and representation in both the exhibitions she mounts and in the organizations she runs. “As a Black leader, somebody who has the privilege of leading an institution like BRIC, if I can’t invest in Black artists, what am I doing?” she said in a recent interview. “I won’t ever stop.” Newman-Scott’s engagement with the arts began when she was a young artist in Kingston, Jamaica, where she was born and raised. [More]