Black Rock Arts Foundation – Newsletter – May 2014

In this Issue:

  • Sunset Piano Opus 3 at the Central Market Microhood
  • Fiscal Sponsorship for Burning Man Honorarium art
  • Artist Update
    • Bryan Tedrick
    • Five Ton Crane
  • Grantee Update
    • Compression Sesquicentennial Peregrinations
    • Why Can’t the First Part of the Second Party be the Second Part of the First Party?
    • The Pool by Jen Lewin
    • Burning Baskets by Mavis Muller

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Black Rock Arts Foundation – Newsletter – April 2014

In This Issue

  • Announcing BRAF’s 2014 new grantees!
  • Artist Updates
    • Sean Orlando & David Shulman
    • Peter Hudson
  • Grantee Updates
    • Why Can’t the First Part of the Second Party be the Second Part of the First Party? Opening Reception this Friday!
    • The Pool
    • The Music Box
    • Before I Die…

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Black Rock Arts Foundation – Newsletter – March 2014

In This Issue

  • The Bay Lights Anniversary: Two Events
  • Caruso’s Dream: Photos and video
  • Big Art for Small Towns: Lecture and informal reception
  • Grantee Update
    • Bambufonomat

Psst.. stay tuned! Next month’s newsletter will announce BRAF’s 2014 new grantees! We can’t wait to tell you about these projects!

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BRAF is Hiring: Operations Coordinator


The Black Rock Arts Foundation had a very successful 2013 and has many exciting projects in the works. As a result, we are looking to expand our staff to keep up with the growth of the organization.  Below is a short job description and application instructions for the new position.

Position Available: Operations Coordinator, Black Rock Arts Foundation Location: San Francisco, CA

** Please submit resume and cover letter by noon PST on Wednesday, March 5th, 2104, using this link.

Job Summary

This full-time position reports to the Executive Director and will support other staff and manage office organization and administrative processes for a growing arts organization. The Operations Coordinator provides support to the Executive Director and the Program & Development Associates in areas of program administration, development and general office and business operations. This individual is responsible for sending and tracking correspondence, tracking donations, managing our Salesforce database and filing systems, overseeing the organization of our office and other facilities, providing administrative support for our programs and events, and coordinating office reception.

The position requires a highly organized person with excellent time and task management skills who is able to understand the operations of the organization and anticipate administrative needs.

The position affords professional development opportunities for the right candidate through hands-on involvement with all aspects of this successful, growing organization.

This is a full-time, regular position eligible for benefits in our San Francisco office.

For more info or to apply, please view the complete job listing here:


Year in Review – 2013


Collaboration is the Key

As we reflect on our accomplishments of the last year we can’t help but notice a theme: collaboration. This comes as no surprise – BRAF was founded upon the values shared by Burning Man culture, which prizes community engagement, open exchange of ideas and resources, synthesis of creative efforts and interactive experiences. Our 2013 projects reflect our evolution, demonstrating our ever-deepening commitment to creating work that reflect these core principles.

Most of all, our 2013 endeavors demonstrate your commitment to collaboration. Your support and participation are the essential components that we need to build fantastic art. Whether you’ve volunteered for us, attended one of our events or contributed funding towards one of our projects, your collaboration with BRAF yields great results.

Read on for a report of the great things your involvement has produced. We hope you’ll work with us again. Together we are creating great works that evolve and advance the potential of public art. Help us expand our horizons even further by making a tax-deductible year-end contribution, today!

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Opening Celebration for Silent Lights 12.17.2013

Tonight is the Opening Celebration for Silent Lights (2013 BRAF Grantee).

Come to the unveiling of this project if you’re in Brooklyn!

Invitation to the Opening Celebration for 2013 Grantee Silent Lights.

Invitation to the Opening Celebration for 2013 Grantee Silent Lights.

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 space. It is also an attempt to revitalize some of the city’s millions of underutilized square feet of space under the New York street bridges and expressways.

Check out Urban Matter Inc.’s website to learn more about this project.

Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – December 2013

In this issue:

  • Join us for the IlluminArts Walk. Tonight!
  • The Artumnal Gathering: Thank you to all who attended and participated!
  • Aurora in Palo Alto is up and looks fantastic!
  • Grantee Updates
    • Before I Die…
    • The Temple for Christchurch

… and don’t forget to make your tax-deductible end-of-year gift to BRAF! Help us bring more great art into the world next year!

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Evolution of the Temple for Christchurch

Temple For Christchurch from Kyle Kastner on Vimeo.

This video features the evolution of the Temple for Christchurch in its various stages of construction, from the ground up and back down again with its ceremonial burning. The Temple not only embodied qualities of the quake in its architecture (which represented the movement of the quake), but also in its use of recycled timber materials (from structures destroyed in the quake.) By turning the destructive force of the quake on itself, this empowering project also catalyzed shifts in the community affected by the natural disaster, through a collective healing process.

Upcoming free illuminated events in San Francisco


At BRAF we are very excited to partner with SF Travel and Illuminate the arts to produce two upcoming free events in San Francisco.

Kate Raudenbush talk: On the evening of Sunday, November 24th, artist Kate Raudenbush will discuss her work and Future’s Past in particular at the current installation location of that piece in Hayes Valley’s Patricia’s Green Park.

The Illuminarts Walk: On the evening of Thursday, December 5th, 2013 community members are invited to join an illuminated procession from North Beach to the Embarcadero, taking in lit-up art pieces such as Leo Villareal’s Bay Lights, Language of the Birds by Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn, and Homourorboros by Peter Hudson.

Submit an LOI for a 2014 BRAF Grant


BRAF is now accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI’s) for our 2014 Grant Cycle! Read more about our grants criteria and instructions on how to apply.

BRAF funds year-round community-driven art projects all over the world. BRAF’s grantee projects break the mold of public art, blur the lines between artist and audience, and actively engage their communities in the creative process. We fund highly interactive art projects that are accessible to, integrated with and for the benefit of their community.

To see if your project qualifies for a BRAF grant read our grant criteria, full grant timeline and application instructions.
We can’t wait to hear about your project!