Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – November 2013

In This Issue:

  • The Artumnal Gathering: Metamorphosis – Last Chance For Tickets
  • Aurora in Palo Alto. Support this project and attend the Opening Reception
  • Homouroboros, a.k.a. “The Monkeys,” is back!
  • Apply for a BRAF Grant! LOI’s are due December 1.
  • By the way, BRAF moved
  • Grantee Updates
    • The Metamorphosis Project
    • Project: SUITCASE
    • Fountains
    • Burning Baskets
    • Swap-O-Rama-Rama


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We’ve Moved! BRAF in new office space as of 10/21/2013

The Black Rock Arts Foundation and its “Sister” organizations Black Rock City, LLC (the Burning Man event), The Burning Man Project, Burners Without Borders, and Black Rock Solar have moved from our location at 995 Market Street to 660 Alabama Street in San Francisco. While we remain attached and committed to the Mid-Market neighborhood and community, our new office space offers more room for these organizations to grow, as well as a floor plan more conducive to collaboration and cross-pollination.

Please do address any correspondence to our new mailing address:

Black Rock Arts Foundation
660 Alabama Street
San Francisco, CA 94110-2008

All other contact details, including our phone number, will remain the same.

Submit a Letter of Inquiry for 2014 BRAF Grants!


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!


Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – September 2013

In This Issue:

  • The Artumnal Gathering – Tickets on Sale September 15th!
  • Great video about BRAF on KQED
  • Urbanauts: Sean Orlando + Rebar
  • Aurora in Palo Alto
  • Grantee Updates
    • The Temple for Christchurch
    • Park(ing) Day
    • Burning Baskets
    • Swap-O-Rama-Rama Artist Update
    • Project: SUITCASE and Bambufonomat

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BRAF lauded in KQED segment about Burning Man Art Beyond the Playa

Noting BRAF’s contributions, KQED’s “This Week in Northern California” highlights Burning Man artists working in the Bay Area and the spread of Burning Man art off-playa. As they put it:

The influence of the Burning Man art scene is spreading beyond the desert playa. Over the past decade iconic sculptures have found new homes in urban settings, and major civic installations by former “burners” like Leo Villareal (The Bay Lights) are gaining critical and popular acclaim.

One of the forces behind this trend is the Black Rock Arts Foundation, whose mission is supporting community-driven interactive projects with a Burning Man aesthetic.

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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 global network of think tanks. (Ghana, Cuba, Serbia, and Iran are just a few.) They have also collected “digital problems,” and worked with incarcerated youth in the United States.

In 2011, BRAF awarded the Ghana ThinkTank a grant to help them focus on the problems of Corona, Queens. (This project was also funded by Creative Time and the Queens Museum of Art.)

After cruising the neighborhood in a custom-built teardrop trailer to collect community and personal problems, the Ghana ThinkTank ventured back into Corona as a workstation to enact solutions suggested by their international consultants. (They also parked outside the Queens Museum of Art, where visitors could submit their problems and witness the resolution process. The vehicle continued to collect problems from visitors as a 3-month exhibit within the galleries.)

Ghana ThinkTank trailer

Photo courtesy of the artists

Solutions received from the global network of think tanks included the following:

  • Establishing legal waiting zones
  • Pro-immigrant guerilla bus advertisements
  • Asking police to “highlight the differences between the cop’s world and the real world”
  • Baking lessons in Queens

Since the Corona project, the Ghana ThinkTank has been involved with these projects:

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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

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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 DeYoung Museum tomorrow, Friday, August 2! Enjoy an evening of talks, entertainment, art-making activities for kids and film screenings about the history of urban exploration.

For more information, and to RSVP, visit the event’s Facebook page. 

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

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Request for Proposals for Fernley, NV Project


June 28, 2013
Contact: Tomas McCabe
Phone: (415) 626-1248
Email: civicartsproposals

*********REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS*********


Request for Proposals: June 30, 2013
Submission deadline: October 15, 2013, 5:00 PM PST
Notification Date: December 15, 2013
Installation of artwork: June 2014

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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 wolf definitely adds bite to the reality you thought you knew. Although “Meow Wolf” was drawn out of a hat, this multimedia art collective has certainly been living up to its trickster name.

Founded in 2008, Meow Wolf started out as the name of a venue, but eventually referred to the group of creative collaborators that emerged out of that space. Since then, Meow Wolf has brought many installations to life, turning ordinary spaces into whimsical, kaleidoscopic environments that invite visitors to become part of their colorful ecosystems.

In 2012, OmegaMart (which the Black Rock Arts Foundation helped to fund) stealthily made its way into Santa Fe. What may have appeared to be just the new store on the block was actually this group of artists setting up shop and masquerading as store representatives.


OmegaMart, Photo courtesy of the artists

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