On Thinking Space(s): An Interview with the Ghana ThinkTank

Got “First World” problems? Why not look to other countries for solutions? Founded by in 2006 by artists with extensive backgrounds in cross-cultural community organizing and international development (Christopher Robbins, John Ewing, and Matey Odonkor, with Maria del Carmen Montoya joining the team in 2009), the Ghana ThinkTank collects local problems and sends these problems to various locations in their…Keep reading >>

Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – August 2013

In This Issue: The Temple for Christchurch – Support this project! Save the Date: The Artumnal Gathering – November 23, 2013 BRAF at Burning Man Urbanauts: Sean Orlando + Rebar Grantee Updates The Great Wall of Oakland The Music Box of New Orleans Cardboardia of Moscow

Urbanauts Update – Event Tomorrow!

In this video, collaborators Matthew Passmore (co-founder of Rebar) and Sean Orlando talk about the different facets of Urbanauts, an urban exploration project that merges fieldwork with installation. Through environmental expeditions, mappings, photography and sculpture, Urbanauts is a multi-layered investigation into the aesthetics, purpose and socio-cultural implications of hidden “systems” in the world around us. Join the artists at the…Keep reading >>

Black Rock Arts Foundation – Newsletter July 2013

In This Issue: Save the Date! Artumnal 2013 Artist Update – Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn Grantee Updates Swap-O-Rama-Rama Global Lives Project ME’DI.ATE Art Group Skate Stump Bambufonomat  (Bamboo Element) The Metamorphosis Project Silent Lights

Request for Proposals for Fernley, NV Project

The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) invites you to submit a proposal for our new project “Big Art for Small Towns.” A project of BRAF’s Civic Arts Program, Big Art for Small Towns seeks to share the cultural and economic benefit of public art with rural towns in Nevada and beyond.

Big Art for Small Towns is funded by generous private donors, in-kind contributions from the City of Fernley, and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant. Continue reading


The name “Meow Wolf” brings to mind a sense of two disparate ideas or impulses bring brought together, like a portmanteau or mashup. The call of a domesticated animal, perhaps, that lures you in close enough for you to discover that it is actually a wild creature. And it doesn’t bark (because that would be too obvious) but this sly…Keep reading >>


We will be at Maker Faire this weekend at the San Mateo County Event Center! We are so happy that these projects will be exhibited: Aurora BRAF-sponsored and fiscally sponsored Civic Arts project Aurora (by Charles Gadeken), is a 32-foot tall metal weeping willow tree sculpture illuminated by roughly 40,000 LED lights. This project will be installed in front of Palo…Keep reading >>


Featuring Jen Lewin‘s kinesthetically-engaging work, including 2012 BRAF Grantee Project The Pool, this BBC video explores technology’s relationship to art, and the timeliness of Lewin’s interactive installations in today’s social media-driven world. These motion-activated light and sound sculptures invite viewers to participate in collective experiences of new media that integrate elements of digitally networked spaces into physical environments.  

Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – May 2013

  In This Issue: Aurora at Maker Faire Grantee Updates Festival of Street Art at Bartlett Events Imagine Figment The Pool by Jen Lewin The Temple for Christchurch Partner Organizations American Steel Studios present Art + Industry Don’t miss Maker Faire! The Youth Education Spaceship will be there, too!  


In February 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand’s second-largest city. To help the residents of Christchurch deal with the aftermath of the disaster, Hippathy Valentine designed the Temple for Christchurch. This interactive installation embodies the seismic qualities of the quake through its waveform-like architectural pattern, as well in its modular form, which enables the structure to be taken apart…Keep reading >>