A new piece in the SF Bay Guardian discusses number of BRAF projects including the Raygun Gothic Rocketship and the Bike Bridge. The Guardian explores the history and political implications of temporary installation of large-scale public art as pioneered in San Francisco by BRAF and mayor Gavin Newsom.
We just got this sign! Stay tuned for details about the reception…Congrats to all the artists involved in this collaborative project!
Thanks to eggchairsteve for graphic design, and Jared Gutekunst for logo design!
BRAF celebrates YOU!
We at BRAF are celebrating all of the new ventures, inspiring projects and sensational events we produced and supported in 2012. Our goal is to bring free, accessible art experiences into everyday lives, so we hope you were able to experience these projects and events for yourself!
Maybe you see one of our Civic Arts projects, like Future’s Past or Portal of Evolution, on your way to work everyday. Or maybe your kids were involved with one of our grantee projects, like OmegaMart, Firefly Grove or FLOAT Beijing. And we hope you made it to our spectacular annual fundraising extravaganza, the Artumnal Gathering!
However you were able to participate in BRAF projects this year, we thank you for your ongoing involvement and support. Sharing the kind of art we love is what we do, and, with your support, we’ll be doing it for many years to come.
Read on for an overview of our accomplishments in 2012, and join us in supporting even more art together in 2013. Fan our flames for another year by making a tax-deductible year-end contribution, today!
Thanks to you, BRAF will keep growing, expanding and sharing more art with more communities, worldwide.
In this Issue:
- Urbanauts Event- Save the Date!
- Bike Bridge Opening Reception – Save the Date!
- Raygun Gothic Rocketship – Delayed Departure
- The Artumnal Gathering – Photos and more!
- Grantee Update
Don’t forget to make your tax-deductible end-of-year gift to BRAF! With your help, we’ll enjoy another year of inspiring art projects!
BRAF Social Media Volunteer Job Description
The Black Rock Arts Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, is currently interviewing for a Social Media Superstar to join our team! This is a great opportunity to learn social media marketing and the non-profit sector while working on a specific project and developing key skills that will be very marketable for college students looking for their first real job or recent grads looking to expand their resume.
In this issue:
- The Artumnal Gathering – Buy tickets today!
- Letters of Interest now accepted for 2013 BRAF Grants
- Sean Orlando, REBAR and BRAF present: Urbanauts
- 5 Ton Crane exhibit
- Star Seed by Kate Raudenbush in San Francisco!
- Grantee Updates
Artwork by Andrew Jones
Do you have your tickets yet? Don’t miss our annual gala event! Don your most extravagant and imaginative attire and mix, mingle, and dance in the exquisitely elegant atmosphere of the Bently Reserve. Gather with your friends and fellow BRAF supporters to celebrate our community’s visionary artists, and support BRAF’s future initiatives. Join us!
Buy tickets now!
The Artumnal Gathering
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Dinner 6:00 p.m. Main Event 9:30 p.m.
The Bently Reserve
400 Sansome St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Enjoy epicurean delights, tempting libations, tantalizing treats, wondrous pleasures, captivating performances, three elegant rooms of music and DJ’s, original artwork by our favorite artists, a live and silent auction featuring exclusive experiences and items, and abundant expressions of creativity!
We have art. We have a place to put it. We have 12 extraordinary young artists worth celebrating. All we need now is a few more dollars to make it happen!
By now you’ve heard of our project The Bike Bridge. We can’t say enough about this project, and it’s so close to becoming a reality. The City of Oakland has approved the installation of the sculpture in a new park on Telegraph Avenue, between 19th and 20th Streets, adjacent to the beautifully renovated Fox Theater.
This vacant lot will be the site of the Uptown Merritt Art Park, where we will install the Bike Bridge
We’re so close to making The Bike Bridge a reality. Make a pledge to the project’s new Kickstarter campaign and get cool special gifts! Every dollar helps!
About the project
The sculpture was created by 12 young women from Oakland schools, mentored by local artist Michael Christian, well known for his large scale metal works displayed at Burning Man. We partnered with The Crucible to teach the young women welding and art-bike creation. These courses imparted the skills needed to undertake the creation of a large-scale work of art. Working together, the youth designed and fabricated a sculpture using reclaimed bicycle parts. The entire process was incredibly collaborative and the results are inspiring!
Watch a great video about the young artists and their creation at www.youtube.com/blackrockarts
For those of you who joined us in Black Rock City, you know that art has the potential to bring people together in the spirit of creativity, wonder and community pride. Help BRAF share the benefit of interactive art with the rest of the world.
Donate now and get cool new BRAF gifts!
- BRAF Stickers, T-Shirts and Hoodies.
- A limited edition signed print of Michael Christian’s Flock
- Your name on a plaque at the sculpture site!
- A tour of Bay Area artists’ studios for you and 25 friends on the fabulous art car, the Kazbus!
These talented young artists deserve recognition. Thank you for joining us in celebration of their achievements!
Save the date and mark your calendars: Tickets for this year’s Artumnal Gathering go on sale September 13th!
Larry Harvey, founder of Burning Man and of the Black Rock Arts Foundation, speaking at 2011′s Artumnal Gathering. Photo by George Post.
The Black Rock Arts Foundation has much to celebrate this year. Please join us for this very special annual engagement in honor of our artists and in support of BRAF’s future endeavors.