In this Issue:

  • The Raygun Gothic Rocketship takes off!
  • Bike Bridge – Opening Celebrations April 5th!
  • Partner Organization News:
    • Maker Faire 2013 – Call for entries
    • Third Friday Night Lights event
  • Grantee Updates
    • The Temple for Christchurch
    • Wind Playground
    • Ludale – French CORE project
    • Burning Baskets Project
    • Swap-O-Rama-Rama

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Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – February 2013

In this issue:

  • Bike Bridge Opening Reception
  • Raygun Gothic Rocketship “Launch” Party
  • Partner Organization News:
    • The Bay Lights light up!
    • Maker Faire 2013 – Call for entries
    • The Exploratorium – Call for volunteers
  • Grantee Updates:
    • The Pool – Update
    • Wind Playground – Update and call for participation
    • Rebar – Call for participation
    • Global Lives Project – Update and call for entries
    • Mediate – Call for participation

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Year in Review – 2012

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!

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Thanks to you, BRAF will keep growing, expanding and sharing more art with more communities, worldwide.

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Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – December 2012

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!


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New Social Media Internship Opportunity at BRAF

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.

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Black Rock Arts Foundation Newsletter – October 2012

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!

The Bike Bridge: So Close!


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.

An image of the location of the future Uptown Meritt Art Park: a vacant lot.

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!

Donate now!

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
A Bike Bridge project participant works on the piece Another Bike Bridge project participant working on the piece

Why give?

Limited edition print of Christian's Flock drawing


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!

The Kazbus

These talented young artists deserve recognition. Thank you for joining us in celebration of their achievements!



Save the Date! The Artumnal Gathering

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.

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We’re a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant Recipient!

San Francisco, CA – The Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) proudly accepts a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant, in the amount $75,000. Working in collaboration with the City of Fernley Nevada and the Burning Man Project, BRAF will use the funds to develop and install big art in this small Nevada town to promote arts-led economic and civic development. The NEA has awarded Our Town grants to 80 recipients, totaling $4.995 million and reaching 44 states and the District of Columbia.

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Welcome to the Black Rock Arts Foundation’s New Website

Huzzah! The Black Rock Arts Foundation has a lovely new website! It’s engaging, easily navigable and will keep you connected to upcoming installations, events, announcements, and more. Rather than using an external hosting platform, our humble blog will now be featured on the homepage of the site itself as well as in the site’s NEWS section.

Please update your incoming RSS feed here.

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