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December 2013

The IlluminArts Walk

December 5, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Language of the Birds,
Colombus Ave. and Broadway St., San Francisco, CA, 94133 United States
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Join the Black Rock Arts Foundation and partners the Exploratorium and Illuminate the Arts on Thursday, December 5th for a participatory illuminated procession and art tour from North Beach to the Embarcadero while taking in a series of public artworks that incorporate light. Continue reading

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December 17, 2013 @ 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Silent Lights installation,
At Park Ave. and Navy St., Brooklyn, 11205 United States
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Join BRAF 2013 Grantee project Silent Lights in celebrating the unveiling of their work. Silent Lights is a series of sculptural gates that line a pedestrian pathway under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. The gates are embedded with light and sound equipment: 2,400 LEDs and a microphone, controlled by an arduino mega microcontroller. The installation uses these to respond to sounds from the street and transform it into beautiful light patterns. The light enhances this ordinary often overlooked public right-of-way, creating a playful, inviting, memorable…

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February 20142014
Free

Caruso’s Dream Unveiling Happening

February 23 @ 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
55 9th St.,
55 9th St., San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
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Artists Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn‘s newest piece, “And My Room Still Rocks Like a Boat on the Sea (Caruso’s Dream),” is currently under construction at 55 9th St. in San Francisco. The work is a permanent site-specific artwork commissioned by Avalon Bay (through a request for proposals organized by BRAF) for its new 17-story residential high-rise at 55 Ninth Street. The artists coordinated an “Unveiling Happening” that will take place at the piece on February 23, 2014 at 5:45pm For more about the piece,…

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March 2014
Free

The Bay Lights Re-Lighting Ceremony

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Bay Lights turns one this March! After a full year of the piece illuminating the SF waterfront, Illuminate the Arts is leading an effort to keep it on the bridge and lit for at least 10 more years. Thursday March 6, 2014 will mark the exact one-year anniversary of the piece. At 7:00pm, the piece will go dark for 10 minutes. Artist Leo Villareal will lead a countdown to the re-lighting at Market Bar in the San Francisco Ferry Building. The event…

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Free

The Bay Lights Illuminate your Ride

March 7 @ 7:30 pm
Cupid's Span,
The Embarcadero at Folsom St., San Francisco,
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On Friday, March 7, we’ll light up the streets in collaboration with the SF Bicycle Coalition and SF Bike Party, who will host an illuminated bike ride around the city with stops for dancing and merrymaking. The evening will kick off on the Embarcadero at 7:30PM in front of the “Cupid’s Span” bow-and-arrow sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. First up, we’ll hear from Ben Davis, the visionary behind the Bay Lights concept, and pay tribute to the artist Leo Villareal and…

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May 2014
$50

Soma Artist’s Talk: Art and Community Panel Discussion

May 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
SOMArts,
934 Brannan Street, San Francisco, 94103
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  Tickets Available at the Door! Join us in support of installing the Flaming Lotus Girls’ Soma at Pier 14 in San Francisco! The Black Rock Arts Foundation invites you to a special panel discussion on the topic of community-driven collaborative public art. The discussion will be preceded by a social hour. BRAF is proud to support the installation of this visually dynamic and thought provoking sculpture with this fundraising event. “Soma with Moon,” Photo by Michael Holden (CC BY-NC-ND)   BRAF and the…

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Sunset Piano Opus 3 at the Central Market Microhood

May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Central Market Microhood,
7th and Market Street, San Francisco, 94103
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Join us for the first BRAF-supported happening of Sunset Piano Opus 3 by artist Mauro ffortissimo! Come hear talented local musicians perform, or grab the opportunity to play your own melodies on one of the pianos! The project will be a highlight of this month’s Central Market Microhood event, produced in collaboration with the Bold Italic. This free event features an evening of live performances, great deals from local merchants and unexpected surprises on Market Street, between 6th Street and 8th Street. Come celebrate…

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June 2014
Free

POSTPONED: Big Art for Small Towns Opening Reception

June 12 @ 5:00 pm
Main St. Park,
610 East Main St., Fernley, 89408
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BRAF, the City of Fernley, and the Burning Man Project are thrilled to invite the public to join in the celebration of the Big Art for Small Towns projects. These three large-scale artworks will make their formal public debut in a public opening reception. This lively reception will feature local musical talent, speakers and family-friendly arts and crafts activities. Due to unforeseen circumstances the opening reception (originally planned for June 12, 2014) has been postponed. The new date will be announced shortly. Event Schedule:…

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August 2014

Soma Opening Reception

August 1 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) and the Port of San Francisco invite the public to join the celebration of the installation of the Flaming Lotus Girls’ Soma on Pier 14, on San Francisco’s Embarcadero waterfront. Come enjoy a special presentation by the Flaming Lotus Girls artists, other special guest speakers TBA, music, dancing, and lighting ceremony. A Cerebral Celebration: In Honor of Flaming Lotus Girls’ Soma Pier 14 San Francisco, CA Friday August 1st, 2014 Event schedule 5:00 pm:…

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BRAF On-Playa Cocktail Party

August 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Everywhere Pavilion,
6:30 and Esplanade, Black Rock City, NV United States

Join us for our annual cocktail party to mix and mingle with other supporters of global, year-round interactive art and to hear about what our vital programs have in store for the future.

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November 2014

Save the Date: Artumnal Gathering 2014

November 22
The Bently Reserve,
400 Sansome St., San Francisco, CA 94111 United States
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We know that members of our community look forward to our annual fall fundraiser gala all year. So, we’re excited to announce that you can hold Saturday, November 22 in your calendar for this year’s iteration. We’re already thinking about how to top last year’s spectacular event and we hope you’ll join us.

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