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!

 

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.

Read more at: http://www.kqed.org/arts/visualarts/article.jsp?essid=125638

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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