The 2002 awards given by the Black Rock Arts Foundation were in support of some very exciting artists and projects. Our goals of furthering the installation of interactive and participatory artwork to new communities was fostered in several ways. These are the recipients, and a brief description of their projects:
- Jeremy Lutes, $1,000 grant, for facilitation of exhibiting his project “The Lily Pond”, a large, installation of lighted metal lily flowers to be initially installed at Burning Man 2002. Our intention is to assist and challenge this very capable artist to take the next steps in showing his work in new venues.
- Bruka Theatre, $5,000 grant, in support of their ongoing non-profit collaborative and public theatre space, which is the venue for many performances and installations, and which serves as a organizing focus for the arts in the Reno community.
- Jenne Giles, $1,000 grant, for her project “White Noise Shower”, an interactive sculpture dealing with media in our lives. A portion of the grant was in addition to her requested amount, in appreciation of her work and to facilitate exhibition of the “White Noise Shower” in other San Francisco venues.
- Roger Carr, $4,000 grant, in support of the creation and showing his project “Dances with Lights”, an interactive array of lights to be displayed first at Burning Man, and then at other venues. This installation was especially exciting as this is Roger’s first major art installation.
In addition, several grants went to fire performance groups/conclaves. One of our goals is to foster outreach to fire departments in the various conclave communities, as well as public safety education and the support of rehearsal and performance spaces in the home communities.
- Reno Fire Conclave – Controlled Burn – Dave King: teaching safe performance
- Los Angeles Fire Conclave – Ted LeCouteur: teaching fire tool making and safe use
- NW Fire Conclave – Maque da Vis (Cirque de Flambe) & Tabasco (Pyrosutra): Creation of a public fire performance working within their community
- 1st Spin Jam Seattle, this event is to allow spectators to become participants.
- 2nd A NW Conclave performance, this performance will be orchestrated to allow vignettes of groups and individuals, that occurs around the audience
- New York Fire Conclave – Ben Bartelle (Flambe Volupte): to create equipment for open workshops and outreach
- “Transform Nation” Charlie Smith: funding of Fire Cauldron outreach proposal